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King's Lynn Area Guide

The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn. Image courtesy of Flickr user Jim Linwood

The 14th Century town of King's Lynn is situated on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, just south of The Wash in the county of Norfolk. Once ranked as the third port of England, this medieval market town became the property of Henry VIII in 1538 and retains its Royal connections today with Sandringham House being just six miles to the north.

Glass making and engineering have been important sources of prosperity for the town, as well as being the focal point for the fishing and seafood industry. Sea faring heroes have called the town home through its history, including Captain George Vancouver and Lord Horatio Nelson who was born just a few miles away at Burnham Thorpe on the north Norfolk coast. Such notable heritage has contributed to the on-going prosperity of King's Lynn, which is still a thriving port, bustling town and a busy commercial centre for the chemical, agriculture and food processing sectors.

The town centre has benefited from complete regeneration and has a modern architectural appearance and enhanced shopping facilities. A market is held three days a week and is a major attraction in the town and a boost to the local economy. Employment in the area is largely centred on the service sector, information and communication technologies and creative industries. King's Lynn was designated Growth Point status in May 2008 and will see the development of up to 7,000 new houses on brownfield land within the next decade.


Approximately 43,000 people live in the town of King's Lynn, a figure which is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2021. With an ageing population, the area has a low proportion of adults aged 20-34 and slightly above average proportions of people aged 60 and over.

The average annual salary in King's Lynn is £21,492 and average property prices are £184,847.


Primary schools in the area include St Martha's Catholic Primary School, Gaywood Community Primary School, Fairstead Community Primary School and Grey Friars Primary School.

Secondary schools serving the town include King Edward VIII High School which offers provision for children aged 11 years to 18 years, the King's Lynn Academy and Springwood High School. There is also St Clements High School which is situated in the nearby village of Terrington St Clement.

The nearest independent school in the area is Wisbech Grammar School which offers private coeducational facilities and also includes Magdalene House Preparatory School for younger children.

Further education in the town is provided by the College of West Anglia which offers academic and recreational courses for young people and adults. Anglia Ruskin University is the nearest facility offering higher education.


A £7 million programme to redevelop the infrastructure of the town has recently been completed as part of the King's Lynn South Transport Project. Roads and traffic islands have been widened and improved to ease congestion on the roads. The town is connected to Norwich and Peterborough via the A47, London via the A1 and Cambridge via the A10 and M11.

Bus and cycle routes link the town centre to surrounding suburbs and King's Lynn Railway Station offers connections to Cambridge, Ely and London King's Cross.

Nearest air travel is available at London airports as well as Norwich International Airport.

Amenities and Shopping

King's Lynn town centre is compact and accessible with much of the shopping areas being pedestrianised. Combining the old, in the form of the three weekly markets, with the new contemporary outlets and national chains, the town has a lively atmosphere. The development of the Vancouver Quarter has boosted the retail offering in the town centre and has made the area a prime destination for local shoppers.

The Corn Exchange is an important entertainment and arts facility in the town and is host to a variety of performances including comedy, music and opera. Events in King's Lynn include the Literary Festival and Festival Too music festival. There is also a cinema in the town which screens popular 2D and 3D movies. Lynnsport & Leisure Centre offers a range of health and fitness facilities as well as a climbing wall. Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre is also accessible in Hunstanton.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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