King's Lynn Area Guide
Located on the banks of the River Ouse, the popular town of King's Lynn is steeped in maritime history, with its fishing port still widely used today. From the much-filmed old medieval centre around King's Lynn Minster to the redeveloped and pedestrianised Vancouver Shopping Centre, the town is an exciting mix of old and new. Historic buildings such as the elegant Custom House over look the harbour, Tuesday Market Place has been dubbed one of England’s grandest squares and various trails can take you from the town’s Hanseatic history to stories of its famous navigators. Festivals and cultural events are a common sight in the town and the famous Corn Exchange is a fantastic live entertainment venue. The Royal Sandringham Estate is just five miles away with attractive walks through the woods, and just a little further of is the Norfolk coastline with its beautiful, long sandy beaches.
There’s a huge range of properties in King’s Lynn, from large period residences to modern family homes. Rows of Victorian terraces provide excellent homes in the town centre while family homes can be found in the residential areas and villages surrounding the town. Carrstone, a reddish yellow local rock also known as ‘gingerbread’, gives some of the area’s properties a distinctive look and is found only in this part of the country.
What You’ll Get For Your Money
Typically, a one bedroom apartment in the town centre will sell for upwards of £100,000, while large detached family homes will see prices increase to an average of about £400,000. If you’re looking to let, then expect to pay in the region of £100 per week for a one-bedroom flat to £180 per week for a three-bedroom detached house.
What Else Can You Expect From King’s Lynn?
The town has an excellent variety of shops, supermarkets, places to eat, ten-pin bowling alley, swimming pool, football club, cinema, theatre and three impressive churches. There are many services within the town including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, police station, fire station, primary schools and secondary schools, college and a library. The town holds weekly markets and many events throughout the year.
King's Lynn is connected to the local cities of Norwich and Peterborough via the A47 and to Cambridge via the A10. There is a mainline rail link via Cambridge to London King's Cross, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The local governing authority is the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. Council Tax band information can be found here. The town and surrounding area contain 16 high-achieving primary schools and two secondary schools. The independent schools in Norwich, Hunstanton, Wisbech and Cambridge are within reach via the A47, A149 and A10. Performance league tables can be seen here.