Walking

Walking trail

King’s Lynn historic walk, St. George's Guildhall, Norfolk

Walking trail

Taking a slow stroll around the historic areas of King’s Lynn, a tale of old awaits you round the next corner.

See England's largest surviving parochial chapel

Using your imagination, imagine the sights and sounds of King’s Lynn’s past as you explore this historic medieval port on foot. Ideal for families.

Map

Map route for Kings Lynn Historic walk

Start:

South Quay, grid ref: TF616202

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Starting at South Quay. Facing the river, turn right along the quayside. Stop at Green Quay.

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After visiting Green Quay and reaching College Street, if you have the time King's Lynn Town Hall is at the end, or where the road bends right in to King’s Staithe Square, continue straight on, crossing the sluice. Immediately after crossing the sluice, turn right on to Purfleet Quay, passing the statue of Captain George Vancouver (1757-1798).

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Image of Captain George Vancouver 1757-1798 was an explorer born in King's Lynn who accompanied James Cook on his expeditions to the South Seas and Northwest Coast.

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When reaching Customs House (Tourist Information Centre), turn left onto King Street.

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King's Lynn old Customs House, now an information centre.

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Walking along King Street, at No. 29 is St. George's Guildhall. The building now proudly stands as the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England - boasting many original and rare medieval features. In 1442, the first theatre production was hosted at St George's. Today, a theatre and art-house cinema permanently reside at the Guildhall.

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St. Georges Guildhall, King's Lynn, rear view

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Continue along King Street until you reach Tuesday Market Place. Continue straight on past the Corn Exchange and then bear right around the Market Place.

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Picture of King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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Turn right onto St Nicholas Street. At the end of St Nicholas Street, you will see St Nicholas' Chapel in front of you. Turn left onto St Ann’s Street.

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Picture of St. Nicholas' Chapel King's Lynn

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At the end of St Ann’s Street, turn right on to North Street and look out for the True's Yard museum. At the end, turn right on to John Kennedy Road. Continue down this road (which becomes Railway Road) until you reach the cross road junction with Blackfriars Street and Blackfriars Road

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Picture of Trues Yard Museum King's Lynn

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Cross to the corner of Blackfriars road and follow the path in to 'The Walks'. Walk down to the fountain and then turn left on to a path that heads back up towards the road. This path takes you past St John’s Church and on to St John’s Walk. After passing the church, bear right off St John’s Walk and follow the path past the Red Mount Chapel.

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View of the bandstand in 'The Walks' King's Lynn

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After passing Red Mount Chapel, at the crossroads, turn right along Broad Walk.

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Red Mount Chapel King's Lynn; an unusual 15th century wayside chapel

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Cross the road to Millfleet passing the library on your right.

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At the end of the road, continue straight on past Church Street to Nelson Street.

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Turn left along St Margaret’s Lane and at the end, turn right to arrive back at South Quay.

End:

South Quay, grid ref: TF616202

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King’s Lynn historic walk, St. George's Guildhall, Norfolk

Terrain

Mostly pavement walking, so no special footwear required.

Dogs welcome on leads, but possibly entrance to various buildings may be a problem.

King’s Lynn historic walk, St. George's Guildhall, Norfolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01553 779095

St. George's Guildhall, 29, King Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1HA

Email: stgeorgesguildhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-georges-guildhall/

King’s Lynn historic walk, St. George's Guildhall, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
South Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HA
By train

King's Lynn rail station at Blackfriars road.. Services from London, King's Cross, and Liverpool Street.

By road

A10 from Cambridge. A17 from Lincolnshire. A47 from Peterborough.

King’s Lynn historic walk, St. George's Guildhall, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking free on quayside
  • Various food and drink outlets en route and under-croft coffee shop with a restaurant to the rear of St George's Guildhall overlooking the river
  • Public conveniences in The Walks at Broad Walk, and St John's Walk
  • Dogs welcome on leads, but possibly entrance to various buildings may be a problem