10 reasons to visit King’s Lynn

At Discover King’s Lynn, we simply can’t say enough about how much we love our town. It’s a great place to visit, with so much to offer tourists, locals and residents alike. Whether you’re here for the afternoon or planning a longer stay in King’s Lynn, you will find lots of things to do and see in the town centre. To inspire you, we’ve put together ten reasons to visit King’s Lynn.

10 reasons why you should visit King’s Lynn

Rich heritage

The town’s rich heritage is one of the main reasons people visit. King’s Lynn is steeped in maritime history and ranked as the third most important port in England during the 14th century. Discover fascinating stories about the people who lived and worked here in the town’s museums and on guided walks with the King’s Lynn Town Guides. As you stroll around the town centre, you’ll see historic buildings including the Custom House, Hanse House and the Trinity Guildhall

Fabulous food and drink

A fabulous destination for foodies. King’s Lynn town centre has something for every budget and palate, from light bites in cafes to traditional pub grub to delicious restaurant dishes. You can also enjoy drinking in a variety of pubs and bars where you might like to sample a local tipple. There is even a gin distillery here! For artisan food and drink, head to the monthly Farmers’ Market on Saturday Market Place (weather permitting) which is organised by Discover King’s Lynn.

Great shopping

The perfect place for a spot of retail therapy. King’s Lynn has a great mix of high street big name stores and independent shops. Enjoy shopping in the modern Vancouver Quarter complex, on the High Street and in the streets around the town centre. Retail outlets include fashion and homeware shops, gift stores and speciality businesses. You’ll be spoilt for choice. The best thing is, with parking and public transport nearby, you won’t have to carry those heavy shopping bags far!

Vibrant town centre

Looking for something to do at the weekend? There is always something to do here, whether you enjoy going to the cinema, shopping or discovering new places to eat. With a varied programme of events including Cocktail Week, King’s Lynn Festival and a Festive Market, there may well be something special on when you visit. 

Lots to explore outdoors

King’s Lynn is a great place to be outdoors.  As you wander around, you’ll see historic architecture - the Tuesday Market Place is possibly one of the finest squares in England. When you fancy a break, enjoy eating outside at a variety of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants. You could eat outdoors at a quayside restaurant after exploring the surrounding cobbled streets and seeing the fine old merchants’ houses. 

Warm welcome

King’s Lynn is an ideal destination for families, couples and solo travellers – for everyone really. You will get a warm welcome in King’s Lynn if you’re here for the day or a longer stay. Look out for our friendly Street Rangers in their red jackets who can help with information and directions. 

Arts and culture for everyone

King’s Lynn is a must for culture vultures, with a packed programme of festivals and arts events. If you enjoy art galleries or music, you will find something to experience here. The King’s Lynn Corn Exchange offers a vibrant programme from dance shows to comedy and tribute bands. There are two cinemas in the town centre. Why not combine an afternoon enjoying a film with shopping? 

Compact town centre

One of the best things about visiting King’s Lynn is that you are only minutes away from everything in the town centre. King’s Lynn hotels have everything on the doorstep, shopping, museums, food and drink, arts and entertainment, public transport and more. If you are planning a Norfolk holiday, King’s Lynn is the ideal base to visit heritage attractions including the Sandringham Estate and to explore the Norfolk coast.

Enterprising spirit

King’s Lynn, with its rich history, might have a foot in the past but is always looking to the future. Even in the most difficult of times, new businesses and independent shops open here. King’s Lynn has an enterprising spirit with over 500 businesses in the town centre. At Discover King’s Lynn, we are proud to be the voice of local businesses from creative artisan shops to dynamic professional services firms. 


King’s Lynn offers huge variety. Whether you enjoy history, art galleries, shopping, discovering new places to eat or just relaxing in a friendly town – it’s the place for you. We hope we’ve inspired you to visit and look forward to welcoming you soon. Experience King’s Lynn for yourself. Let us know what you discover here #DiscoverKingsLynn.