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Kings Lynn an Ideal Tourist Centre

Kings Lynn


Kings Lynn is an ideal place for visitors to England and East Anglia to base themselves, it is the centre hub that brings in reach much of England's historic past within easy reach of day visits, Whether it is History or Just Off the Beaten Track, Kings Lynn offers an ideal central location to explore East Anglia.


Kings Lynn itself is rich in historical interest, once a major Hanseatic League Port in the UK with many building surviving the test of time. Birthplace and home of Capitan Vancouver who was the founder of Vancouver in Canada, whilst tying to establish an east west passage across the North American Continent. It was when King John visited Kings Lynn and set sale across the wash to Threekingham in Lincolnshire he was reported to have lost his jewels in the Wash, although some speculate that he had actually sold them to pay off his debts.


Boston Lincolnshire, for example is just one hour away, 32 miles from Kings Lynn this is the true home of the Pilgrim Fathers, once a monastery called St Boltophs, an island in the Wash, it was here that the original pilgrim fathers tried to escape to Holland in 1607. After betrayal and imprisonment in Lincoln around 250 pilgrims eventually set sail to America. Arriving in 1632  John Cotton and Thomas Hooker (Now classed as the father of Connecticut) sailing in the same ship from Boston, sailed past Plymouth Rock to arrive at the now city of Boston in the USA. John Cotton who used to be the Pastor for St Boltophs Church (Now more commonly call "Boston Stump") became a leading figure and Puritan Pastor for Boston whilst Thomas Hooker established the adjoining "Newtown" (the village he came from in England) which he then renamed Cambridge in around 1636.


The City of Ely on the main line from Kings Lynn to London is one of the smallest cities in England once an island in the Wash, where it was reported to be the home of Hereward the Wake and  that of Oliver Cromwell. Ely dating back to 673ad, used to be the capitol of "The Isle of Ely", which is now part of Cambridgeshire, supports a magnificent Cathedral  standing high above the surrounding fens  built by  William the Conquer. In more recent years it has been discovered that Ely is built on the only rock formation to be found in the fens and more recently scientist believes the rock to be part of the meteorite which changed the face of the Earth 60 million years ago.



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Ely Cathedral




Cambridge just under 50 miles from Kings Lynn, is the second oldest University City in the UK dating back to 1209, made up of 31 colleges, with the latest being founded by a local millionaire in 1977 "Robinson College".


In the USA John Harvard a student of Cambridge University in England founded the now famous Harvard University at Cambridge, a suburb of Boston in the USA. Those that are interested in history need spend a day in this world famous UK university city, as there are so many sights to explore, from Kings Collage Chapel to the Mathematical Bridge and whilst modern traffic such as the motor car congests the streets, many of the students and lectures still rely on the bicycle as a means of transport.


Cambridge offers idyllic setting, rich in historic buildings some designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren, or relaxing in the parkland at the side of the river Cam watching the punts go by. Rich in heritage and now the second silicone valley of Great Britain, home to Sir Clive Sinclair the man we must all thank for the microchip that our PC's use.


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Kings College Cambridge





At Madingley on the A428 from Cambridge to Bedford road, you can find a US War Cemetery that is well worth a visit, it is here that the US military honour the death of those that died in the European theatre of war in the second world war. Take a walk from the entrance to the chapel past the lily pond's along the wall of remembrance of those that died without a known grave, to the chapel, even for those that were not born in those hard years, it is a moving experience and well worth a visit.


The City of Peterborough on the main A47 from Kings Lynn and its neighbouring Huntingdon are rich in Historical Interest Peterborough. Fotheringay near Peterborough was where Mary Queen of Scots was executed in 1587 and her body was entombed in Peterborough Cathedral before eventually being moved to Westminster Abby. Peterborough Cathedral dating back to 650ad houses the tomb of Henry the 8th's wife, Katherine of Aragon. Today Peterborough is an Industrial City being home to Perkins Engines, with the surrounding district still producing millions of building bricks.


Hinchinbrook House now a sixth form centre in  Huntingdon, was the home of the Cromwell Family, during the civil war Oliver Cromwell made the Falcon Inn his HQ. Both Oliver  Cromwell and Samuel Pepys (famous for his diary's) where educated at Huntingdon Grammar School now a Museum,  Samuel Pepys lived in nearby  Brampton just two or three miles out of Huntingdon.


Buckden Towers was home to the Bishops of Lincoln but it was here Katherine of Aragon first wife of Henry the Eighth spent time before her imprisonment in Kimbolton Castle


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Peterborough Cathedral


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Hinchinbrook House



Norwich just 45 miles from Kings Lynn can boast the home to Elizabeth Fry who in 1813 became a famous  for her efforts to reform prisons in the UK, part of the famous banking family Gurney, her family name still appearing on Barclay Bank cheque books as Gurney Fry  a Norfolk combination of two historic banking families which go to make up the now Barclays Bank Empire. 


Norwich is also home to the world famous insurance group "Norwich Union" founded in 1792 by Norwich  wine merchant and banker Thomas Bignold.


Norwich has a excellently preserved Normandy Castle which now serves as a museum. The city centre is full of narrow Cobol streets and supports a large open market every day but Sundays.


Norwich in the past could boast a different pub to drink in, for every day of the year and a different church to pray in for every week of the year.

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Norwich Elm Hill

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Norwich Castle Museum



Sandringham Estate just 5 miles from Kings Lynn, was bought by Queen Victoria and the Prince Regent Albert, in an attempt to curtail the Prince of Wales ( later King Edward the Seventh )  activity from the many affairs and sexual exploits  that he was reported as having in  the capitol of London. This estate still remains privately owned by the Queen of England, Elizabeth the second and in the last few years, the house and grounds has become open to the public, when the royal family are not in residence. The whole estate covers the villages of West Newton, Anmer Babingly &  Wolverton. In Wolverton you can visit the station museum no longer a railway station, but from the reign, of Victoria and up and till the 1960's, Wolverton was the Royal Railway Station that was used by the royal family when visiting Sandringham.

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Sandringham House




Castle Rising classed almost as a suburb of Kings Lynn has a Norman Castle which is said to be one of the best preserved Norman castles in England, it was also at Castle Rising that Queen Isabella  was confines to a Nunnery as a prisoner by her son Edward III after the peers of the land released him from the Tower of London making him King, where he had been imprisoned by his mother and her lover Roger Mortimer, after the death of his father. It was also Castle Rising that Sir Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister of England was the member of Parliament for.

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Castle Rising


Hunstanton just 14 miles from Kings Lynn, is one of the only purpose built sea side resorts in the reign of Queen Victoria to pacify the populations need for bathing by the sea.


The Iceni village outside of Swaffham is said to be the home of the famous Queen Boudicca who lead a revolute against the Roman legions in 61ad.


The Norfolk coast line offers many pleasant villages and small towns to visit Burnham Market the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson often referred to locally as Chelsea by the Sea is well worth a visit as is the neighbouring  Holkham Hall estate home of the Earl of Leicester with the Hall open to the public and a Bygones Museum run by the local Farmer & TV broadcaster Dick Joyce, Wells Next to Sea is a charming sea side town with a fishing and commercial quay attracting many visitors.



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The Quay at Wells Next to Sea


Walsingham some times known as Nazareth of England attract visitors and pilgrimages from all denominations to visit this holy medieval town in North Norfolk, with its famous Anglican and Catholic shrines and  continual religious services from Easter through to the end of October




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Walsingham Town Centre


In West Norfolk you can visit many historic attractions, there is a working water mill at Snettisham, a working wind mill that also bakes fresh bread close to Bircham, in Kings Lynn itself you can see craftsmen blowing glass at Caithness Crystal. have coffee at Crofters which is in the under crofts of the Art Centre in Kings Street.


For more information contact the local Tourist Information boards.

At The Customs House : Purfleet Quay, Kings Lynn, Kings Lynn.  Tel: (+44) 01553 763044


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