King’s Lynn & West Norfolk: Where Charm and Beauty Meet

destinationsukkingslynn1 (1)If West Norfolk were a recipe, it would have many ingredients. This delightful area of Norfolk spans over 550 square miles. It’s loaded with charming towns, barely touched nature reserves, fabulous beaches, magical Fens and stunning landscapes.

King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn is one of Norfolk’s delights. Whether you’re enjoying a stroll along the waterfront, admiring the architecture, indulging in retail therapy or uncovering history at its museums, there is plenty to do and see. Visit Marriot’s Warehouse at Green Quay and learn about the wildlife of The Wash! The River Great Ouse passes through King’s Lynn and flows into The Wash estuary just a few miles away. This is an important site for migratory birds and a great place for birdwatchers.

Another attraction at King’s Lynn is the Lynn Lumiere: a spectacular show of illuminations that lights up six of the town’s principle buildings after dusk. No visit to the area is complete without seeing this Norfolk town of light.

Hunstanton

Hunstanton is a popular seaside resort offering stunning views and a lovely seafront promenade. Owing to its west-facing position and resultant long hours of sunshine, the town is affectionately known as “Sunny Hunny”. The striking coastal cliffs of Old Hunstanton (adjoining Hunstanton itself) are stratified with red limestone and white chalk. These cliffs are the backdrop to a large beach, where it’s relatively easy to find your own space and relax.

Downham Market

To the south of King’s Lynn is Downham market, an ancient Anglo Saxon town bordering The Fens. An ideal base for exploring the area, it has some notable attractions of its own. Not least of these is the amazing Victorian clock tower in Market Place. Aside from the Fens, from here you can visit other places of interest such as Welney Wetland Reserve, Gooderstone Water Gardens, Oxburgh Hall and the Church Farm at Stow Bardolph.

Sandringham

West Norfolk is of course also home to the Queen’s rural retreat, Sandringham. This is one of the area’s most popular attractions, with visits of the house and gardens being possible between April and October.