Hundreds of people stroll through historic King's Lynn on Heritage Open Day
PUBLISHED: 15:44 16 September 2018
Hundreds of people explored the historic sites of King's Lynn on Heritage Open Day.
More than 60 historical buildings threw open their doors to the public today this sunny afternoon, attracting visitors far and wide.
The King’s Lynn Civic Society works with English Heritage, West Norfolk council, King’s Lynn Town Guides to arrange a jam-packed programme for the event every year.
Visitors were given the opportunity to explore popular landmarks, some of which are not normally open to the public, such as behind the scenes at the Majestic Cinema and the rooms inside South Gate.
Heritage Open Day also coincides with Classic Cars Day, where more than 200 vintage and quirky vehicles pack into the Tuesday Market Place.
Tracey Thomas, from King’s Lynn, said she visits the town every year for the event, adding: “It’s always good, there’s a lot of people here and lots of support. It’s nice to see everybody come out.”
Self-confessed car enthusiast Brian Long, leader of West Norfolk council, said: “It’s really good to see all the members of the public here, and the sun is shining for us as well, it’s brilliant.”
Long queues formed outside Clifton House in Queen Street, making it one of the most popular attractions of the day.
Owner Dr Simon Thurley said around 800 people would climb the 70 steps of the tower within the four hours it is open.
He added: “People love the tower, you can see amazing views of Sandringham and the Fens.”
One couple who travelled from East Rudham said it was their first time attending the event. They said: “We think it’s very good, there is lots going on and it’s good for the town. We think the riverfront is exceptional.”
Another couple from King’s Lynn said: “We know the places well but you don’t get to see them properly like this, so it’s good to get the chance on an open day.”
Visitors found out more about the medieval Jewish community in King’s Lynn at the 19th century Millfleet Burial Ground.
Marsha Parker said two women who visited the cemetery on Heritage Open Day had ancestors who were buried there.