I’m proud to say I’m from King’s Lynn, Norfolk. But I find it such a shame that most people haven’t heart of this heavenly historic town. This post is just some of the great things to do there, and why it’s one of Britain’s best places to go.
Ok, you’ve got me. I may be a little biased about King’s Lynn. King’s Lynn to me is more than just a place on the East of England, it’s my hometown. I moved from there to Manchester when I was little, and as they say ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’. So ever since, it’s been a place very close to my heart. It’s so beautiful, and with so many things to do that’s very different from Manchester or any city, I just had to write a post about it.
If you’re looking for a little break to get away from it all, consider King’s Lynn.
KING’S LYNN TOWN CENTRE
What King’s Lynn lacks in shops, sure does make up for in history. Entering King’s Lynn’s town centre is like going to any high street in England today. The shops are aren’t doing very well, and it seems only betting and pound stores are thriving. However, you’ve still got your Waterstones and Primark, so it’s not all lost.
But my favourite part of King’s Lynn town centre is the medieval section. You go from the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century, and immediately you’re taken on a trip back in time. The roads are cobbled, the architecture is timelessly iconic, and the gorgeous river flowing through just makes a stunning place that little bit more picturesque.
From there, you also have the beautiful backdrop of the King’s Lynn Minister. It’s a grade two listed building and was erected in 1095. Its incredible, and at night they project cool little animations onto it, like the one you can see here on my Instagram. And this brings me onto my second topic…
CHURCHES/ HISTORY IN KING’S LYNN
I love history, and King’s Lynn is flooding with it. Wherever you go, you’ll more often than not be driving down one of the main roads and in the distance you’ll see a beautiful church.
My family is from Tilney All Saints and the church there is two seconds away from where my Nan and Grandad lived. So to me, this church is one of the most special places on Earth. It has an iconic spike and a golden bird at the top which turns in the wind. It’s actually the oldest church in the town, and can be seen welcoming you to Norfolk on the A17.
And we can’t forget Castle Rising, which is one of England’s most famous 12th century churches. It hosts loads of events throughout the year, and is great piece of history that is thankfully still somewhat intact.
But that’s just one of so many Grade Listed churches and amazing pieces of history across King’s Lynn. Here’s a link to them all, as there’s far to many for me to tell you about them all:
Two minutes from leaving King’s Lynn, you enter Sandringham. It’s our Her Royal Highness’ Queen Elizabeth’s favourite place, and where her home Sandringham Estate is. From the moment you arrive at Sandringham, you notice how clean, green and very country it all is. The roads are long, the trees are big, and the place one-hundred percent lives up to it’s regal connotations.
If you’re interested in The Royal Family, or just like a grand day out, you’ll love a visit to Sandringham Estate. It’s been in the royal family since 1862, and is just the most beautiful place. Whether you want to pay to actually see where the Her Majesty has her family have Christmas dinner and quite the selection of guns, you can also just wander the huge parks, visit the most beautiful Church there, or just go to the restaurant and shops. It’s great for the whole family.
One of my favourite things to do in King’s Lynn is visit the lavender fields. Norfolk Lavender is a little place where they grow 100-acre fields of Lavender and you can walk up and down the rows of gorgeous plants. But that’s not all, you can buy the lavender and other plants in the garden. And, there’s also an oil distillery and they offer tours so you can see how everything is created.
But inside the gift store is arguably my favourite place. Whatever Lavender infused products you can think of, it’ll be in there. Gin… hand cream… soaps… even chocolate! And there’s a range of tea towels, trays and more with lavenders all over it. I’m a sucker for a theme – and I absolutely loved it here. Plus, at the back of Norfolk Lavender, there’s a great farm shop with the most freshest, tastiest ingredients.
HUNSTANTON AND CROMER
Slightly further on from King’s Lynn and you’re on the east coast. One of my family’s favourites places to visit is Hunstanton. My mum calls it the Blackpool of Norfolk, and like Blackpool, it has everything you could want from a British seaside town. There’s endless options for fish and chips (we went to Henry’s of Hunstanton, which is soooo nice). And you’ve also got your arcades, gift shops, bingo halls, and ice cream trucks on every corner.
If you’re fan of beach towns, Cromer should be on your list of places to go too. It’s about an hour from King’s Lynn, but well worth the trip. It’s most famous for Cromer crab, and so when I went, that was all we were on the search for. We went to a cafe/ restaurant called The Crab Pot, and I tried their gorgeous dressed crab and crab cakes. The town is also bursting with character, and my favourite thing apart from all the fresh crab/ fish stalls was the little old book store. It really did remind me of something you’d see in Paris!
KING’S LYNN FOR THE WIN
These are of course, just five things to do in King’s Lynn. There are so many more pieces of history to dive into to, more restaurants to try, and stunning scenery you can feast your eyes upon. If you’re thinking of taking a break to somewhere new in Britain, try Norfolk… I know you’ll love it!