Heritage and Culture on the Royal Norfolk Coast

Heritage Sights 

Just outside of Kings Lynn, stands one of the most famous 12th century AD castles in England. Built in 1140 AD, much of Castle Rising still remains. A fantastic day out for all, admire the craftsmanship of your ancestors and discover the exciting history of the people who used to live there. For a trip even further back in time, discover Seahenge at Holme-next-the-sea. Now on display at the Kings Lynn museum, the structure is believed to have been built in the early Bronze Age in Britain for ritual purposes. 

Castle Rising

Stately Homes

The Royal Norfolk Coast just wouldn’t be royal without the Royal Sandringham Estate, which the Queen and her famous family return to every Christmas time. The House and grounds are open to the public so why not live like royalty for a day by taking a tour of the house and exploring the transport museum in one of the old coach houses. Highlights include the first ever motor car owned by the Royal family and miniature model sports cars presented to the younger members of the family! Just a short drive away, another house brimming with history, Houghton Hall was once the residence of the first ever Prime Minister Lord Walpole. No expense was spared for this grand Palladian house, with lavish interiors and a huge collection of contemporary European art. Each year the hall puts on an art exhibition from top level artists. In the past these have included Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and James Turrell.

Sandringham Church

Theatres

The Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn is a popular hub for culture on the Royal Norfolk Coast. Located in the historic market place in the heart of the town, the exchange puts on a wide range of entertainment suitable for all. From top comedians, to opera, live music, theatre and pantomimes be sure to stop here for a fun and entertaining evening.

Galleries

Located in the heart of Kings Lynn, Greyfriars Art Space is dedicated to showing contemporary artists. If you are looking for art that sparks debate and opens your mind to new artforms, this is the place for you. For those that want to take a little piece of Norfolk back with them we strongly suggest taking a visit to Dersingham Pottery. Both a shop and a gallery they have a fantastic range of hand thrown porcelain pieces from local artists inspired by their Norfolk surroundings.