King’s Lynn enjoys the best of both worlds – a modern vibrant commercial centre set in a town steeped in history. The town is the major focus of an extensive area of West Norfolk serving numerous small villages making up a total population of nearly 140,000 people.
The residents in this rural region look to Lynn as the main town from a retail, business and industrial point of view. There is a traffic-free town centre that contains many of the popular chain stores like Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and W.H.Smith.
Off centre streets like Norfolk Street, Tower Street, and St James’ Street offer smaller, more specialist shops usually run by the owner. The multiple traders exist happily alongside their smaller neighbours, offering customers a wide choice of goods.
The ultra-modern Vancouver Quarter is the focal point of the town, and home to big high-street names, including Argos, Iceland, New Look, Poundland, Sainsburys, Superdrug, TK.Maxx and Wilkinsons, as well as many smaller independent retailers.
The Vancouver Quarter is very conveniently located for all local buses as well. Just step off the bus at the Bus Station, and you are there! The railway station is only a few minutes walk away, and there are plenty of nearby car parks.
Not far away are other well-known stores like Dorothy Perkins, HMV, Matalan, Primark, Rymans, Thorntons, TopShop and Waterstones, along with many other smaller shops.
When you’re ready for a break from shopping, there are many cafés, coffee shops and restaurants all around the town, offering a huge choice and variety of menus.
On the outskirts of the town, are three large retail parks and two large industrial estates. On the retail parks you can find Sainsburys and Tesco supermarkets, Argos, B&Q, Boots, The Range and many more plus various fast food restaurants.
In summer months there is much to attract the tourist, with the renowned King’s Lynn Festival each July and tours of the town’s “historic core” taking in King’s Lynn Minster (formerly St. Margarets Church) and the fine Town Hall.
In recent years the old Corn Exchange in Lynn’s historic Tuesday Market Place has been transformed to become a top entertainment venue, with concerts and sell-out performances by the country’s top performers.
Tuesday’s Market held in New Conduit Street.
Saturday Market held in the Saturday Market Place.
Trains run about once an hour to and from King’s Cross, London, via Cambridge. Buses run once every 30 minutes to Peterborough, Norwich and Spalding – There are also bus connections to Hunstanton, Fakenham and other locations in Norfolk. Latest Train Info. Latest Bus Info.
Tourist Information Centre, Custom House, Purfleet Quay: 01553 763044 open Mon-Sat 9.15am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.