What can you expect from your holiday if you book one of our cottages in King’s Lynn? Well, on the eastern bank of the River Great Ouse, ‘Lynn’, as it is known to the locals, is an unassuming town with an engaging old quarter, and was a seat of considerable power and a port of great influence in Mediaeval times. With an economic stability built on trade with the Low Countries, modern day King’s Lynn displays a number of interesting buildings and tourist attractions, and is still a busy working port, despite having a location some three miles inland from the sea. One of the best ways to get to grips with the town is to join one of the many walking tours starting at St. Margaret’s church in the Saturday Market Place. Discover the narrow streets, hidden alleyways and elegant merchants’ houses standing on reclaimed land. One of the most impressive is St. George’s Guildhall, the largest surviving building of its type in the country, which has become a focal point for the town’s annual festival and is now home to art galleries, a theatre, coffee house and restaurant.
Take a self-guided audio tour around Tales of the Old Gaol House; marvel at the ancient King John Cup and other local treasures, and uncover the gruesome history of crime and punishment over the centuries. Learn how the fishing folk of the region once lived and plied their trade at the True’s Yard museum, or uncover the history of the wider East Anglia region at the compact but informative Lynn museum, the highlight of which is the new ‘Seahenge’ display. A series of mysterious, four thousand year-old timbers recently excavated from the North Norfolk coastline are revealed for the first time in this exciting new exhibition. The Litcham Village museum offers further insight into the life and times of the Norfolk people, and displays some interesting local artefacts including Roman remains and coins. The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre is a popular attraction, with ample opportunity to see master craftsmen perform their intricate work, with frequent glass blowing and other free demonstrations. The shop stocks a wide variety of glassware, crystal and cookware; there is a Craft Centre for kids and a restaurant and coffee shop. The Walks is a pleasant green space in the centre of King’s Lynn, while families with little ones finding themselves in town on a Sunday afternoon will enjoy a visit to the Lynnsport Miniature Railway, where rides operate on a miniature track run by enthusiasts from Easter to October. The Green Quay Wash Discovery Centre promotes the conservation of bird and wildlife and the unique environment that is the Wash estuary, via display panels, film shows and a bird viewing gallery, all in a lovely riverside setting with café and full facilities.
Close to King’s Lynn, Castle Rising Castle is a popular attraction and arguably one of the country’s best-preserved Anglo-Norman forts. Queen Isabella plotted the murder of husband Edward II here. Massive ramparts, a twelfth century Keep and lovely grounds for picnics make this a popular place to visit, along with the neighbouring village of Castle Rising, which is beautifully preserved and displays some fine medieval architecture in its own right. Home to altogether more familiar Royal inhabitants, at least for a few weeks during July and August each year, is nearby Sandringham Palace. One of the Queen’s country homes, it is open to the public when the family is not in residence. As well as tours of the grounds and house, visitors may also visit the museum, which houses a collection of vintage cars and other memorabilia. Other country houses in the King’s Lynn area include stunning Houghton Hall, built in ornate Palladian style for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. The estate boasts superb grounds, spectacular gardens, a deer park and stables and together with the house itself makes a popular day out whether for casual visitors, walkers, keen gardeners, or history enthusiasts. Visitors to Houghton may also want to see nearby Oxburgh Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan stately home, complete with Priest Hole, which is also managed by the National Trust. For those with little ones to entertain, Snettisham Park offers a farm-themed day out, with animal petting, a deer safari, leather workshop, horse and pony rides and tearooms. Further afield from King’s Lynn, Church Farm, near Downham Market, provides an experience along a similar theme, with tours of the Stow Estate offering a wide variety of rare breed animals to see and walks and tractor rides to enjoy. Gooderstone Water Gardens is a lovely place to visit in the same area, which will be enjoyed by gardeners, artists and naturalists; indeed anyone appreciating the beauty, peace and tranquillity offered by these delightful gardens.
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