King’s Lynn is a little know gem of immense architectural and historic importance. The town was a major medieval and Georgian trading port, second only to London and Liverpool. Lynn (as it is know locally) retains some of the most beautiful Georgian buildings in Britain, including the world famous Custom House situated on the quayside opposite Bank House Hotel, designed by Henry Bell (1647-1711) and once described as the most perfect building in Britain.
The town is reputed to have more listed buildings than any other town of its size in Britain, and a very happy day or two can be spent exploring King's Lynn's cobbled streets, wonderful buildings and impressive market squares. Excellent town guides are always willing to give a short guided walk around the historical centre of town and are always thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Bank House itself.
The house next door to Bank House is Clifton House, a Grade I listed medieval merchant's house, said to be the most important house in King's Lynn. It can be visited by prior arrangement, let us know if you would like us to organize this.
A ferry close to Bank House crosses the River Ouse every 20 minutes, landing visitors at the start of the fabled Peter Scott Walk around the edge of The Wash.
For bird watchers King's Lynn is a serious base for some serious twitching! The RSPB reserves of Snettisham and Titchwell are just a short drive away, as are the glorious North Coast beaches. Visit the RSPB website.
Bank House makes an ideal base from which to explore the nearby great Norfolk houses of Sandringham House, Houghton Hall, Holkham Hall and Oxborough.