Kings Lynn, known as Bishop's Lynn until 1537, is a Hanseatic market town and sea fishing port located on the banks of the River Ouse. Situated along the West Norfolk Coastline, Kings Lynn is just 17 miles from the popular beach resorts of Heacham and Hunstanton, and the Royal Sandringham Estate is just 8 miles away.
Kings Lynn, with a population of around 43,000, is steeped in history with medieval origins that can still be seen today around the Saturday Market Place and St Margaret’s Church.
The Town boats a weekly market, along with a wide range of national stores and local shops. There are many pubs and restaurants throughout the town, offering a range of cuisines, along with a theatre, cinema, and bowling alley for evenings out. Kings Lynn hosts popular annual events such as ‘The Mart’, and ‘Festival Too’, as well as offering a range of leisure facilities including gyms, fitness & dance studios, swimming pool and spa.
Kings Lynn is also home to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which is located on the outskirts of the town.
There are numerous Primary Schools and Nurseries throughout the town, along with three Secondary Schools; King Edward VII, Kings Lynn Academy and Springwood High School, with the later recently receiving a ‘good’ Ofsted report. All secondary schools have sixth form centres and the local College, ‘The College of West Anglia’, is linked to campuses in Cambridge and Wisbech. The College offers a wide range of full-time vocational courses, A-levels, apprenticeships, university level degrees and part-time courses.
The town is connected to the local cities of Norwich and Peterborough via the A47, and to Cambridge via the A10. The A17 offers connections to The North with other areas of Norfolk, including the beautiful Norfolk Coast, accessible via the A148 and the A149.
Kings Lynn has central bus station that covers both local and national routes, along with a mainline railway station with links to Cambridge, as well as London’s King’s Cross in approx. 1hr 40mins.