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The Town

In the 14th century the town was ranked as the third port of England. The early King’s Lynn was probably important in producing salt (a vital preservative) from the various waters which surrounded it, as well as grain, both of which were exported. In the 17th century imports of wine boomed, and coastal trade was also important, and vast amounts of farm produce were exported through the port to London. Fishing and shipbuilding thrived, and new docks were constructed.


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Curious AboutKing's Lynn, once England's 3rd largest port, dates back to the 12th century. This maritime past has left a wealth of heritage to explore, and stories to tell. Fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the harbour. There's England's largest chapel to discover as well as the most complete surviving Guildhall, a church with a leaning spire, an impressive Town Hall, and The Walks - constructed as a place to promenade, now a glorious park. Often bypassed en-route to the Norfolk coast, King's Lynn is a gem not to be missed!
Take our fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting facts.

First Walk
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Heritage and River

King’s Lynn has a glorious heritage, based around The Great Ouse river. This walk passes a museum dedicated to its old fishing community, a magnificent former chapel, a bustling market place, an ancient street, former home to many famous people, a wonderful Guildhall, a stunning Customs House, venerable almshouses, an ancient college, the alley of the Devil, an imposing church – and, oh yes, the river
(1.5 miles / 2.4 kms)
Second Walk
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To The Walks

From the architecturally stunning Town Hall and Old Gaol House, this walk wends its way via historical streets to St James’ Park, with its colourful flowers and dancing fountain. Pass next through restful gardens with Greyfriars Tower which leans dramatically to the west. Then onwards to The Walks, where townsfolk have promenaded for more than three hundred years (1.25 miles / 2 kms)

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