King's Lynn - Hunstanton Coast Guide
King's Lynn is one of Britain's towns that has a long history as a trading port but which has now had to adapt to changing circumstances. As the importance of trade and fishing has declined the town has had to adapt and find a new economic role. This is not a resort town but it is a great place to visit and explore the East Anglia area. Hunstanton is a traditional seaside resort with a long sandy beach.
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Situated at the mouth of the Great Ouse, Kings Lynn was a hub of trade with Holland and France for many years and it was a member of the Hanseatic League. This past is evident around the quay area where there is a very well preserved Customs House that is now the tourist information centre. Many of the old warehouses have been preserved and converted to new uses.
Kings Lynn used to be situated on the seashore of The Wash but the sea receded and it is now around three miles from the sea. The Wash is a huge area of shallow water and sandbanks that connects to the North Sea. Navigation can be very tricky around this area - you should check on local tides and conditions before venturing out to sea.
Hunstanton lies some fifteen miles north of King's Lynn overlooking The Wash, it is a lively seaside resort with a long sandy beach. The cliffs around the town are unusually coloured with a white chalk top and lower section of reddish brown sandstone - giving them the look of a layer cake! The town has a good range of tourist facilities with a leisure pool, fairground, aquarium and seal sanctuary. Potatoes are grown in the surrounding countryside and so the local fish and chips are said to be some of the best in the land! There are three nature reserves in the local area at Snettisham in the south and Tichwell and Cley in the north.
A couple of miles south of Hunstanton is Heacham which is also a seaside resort, - it is located on the same stretch of sand as Hunstanton. The beach is wide and long at this point and is the main reason for visiting the town - there is plenty of space even in the summer holidays. Perhaps the main claim to fame for the town is that Pocahontas, the North American Indian princess was married to the Englishman John Rolfe in the town in 1614. In the summer the fields around the town are full of lavender and poppy blooms giving a spectacular display.
Places to visit in King's Lynn - Tourist Attractions
Castle Rising - 12th century castle ruins with shop and facilities - King's Lynn Norfolk PE31 6AH Tel: 01553 631330
The Sandringham Estate - Country reteat of her HM The Queen - open in summer months check for details - Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EN Tel: 01553 612908
Tales of the Old Gaol House - Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn Norfolk PE30 5DQ Tel: 01553 774297
Corn Exchange - Theatre - Tuesday Market Place King's Lynn Norfolk PE30 1JW Box Office: 01553 764864
Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre - Central Promenade Hunstanton Norfolk PE36 5BD Telephone: 01485 534227
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary - Call 01485 533576 for times of opening.
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