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Hundreds of people stroll through historic King’s Lynn on Heritage Open Day

PUBLISHED: 15:44 16 September 2018

Custom House in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

Custom House in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

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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.

View of Town Hall in King's Lynn from College Lane. Picture: Taz AliView of Town Hall in King's Lynn from College Lane. Picture: Taz Ali

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.”

Clifton House Tower in Queen Street, King's Lynn, was opened to the public on Heritage Open Day. Picture: Taz AliClifton House Tower in Queen Street, King's Lynn, was opened to the public on Heritage Open Day. Picture: Taz Ali

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.”

View of King's Lynn from Clifton House Tower in Queen Street. Picture: Taz AliView of King's Lynn from Clifton House Tower in Queen Street. Picture: Taz Ali

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.

View of King's Lynn from Clifton House Tower in Queen Street. Picture: Taz AliView of King's Lynn from Clifton House Tower in Queen Street. Picture: Taz Ali

Marsha Parker said two women who visited the cemetery on Heritage Open Day had ancestors who were buried there.

Clifton House owner Dr Simon Thurley with twins Maud and Arthur, 10, on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliClifton House owner Dr Simon Thurley with twins Maud and Arthur, 10, on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

Michele Gaze with Caitlin, 14, and Megan, 12, on top of Clifton House Tower in Queen Street, King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliMichele Gaze with Caitlin, 14, and Megan, 12, on top of Clifton House Tower in Queen Street, King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

The Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliThe Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

The Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliThe Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

The Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliThe Jewish Cemetery in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

View of Town Hall in King's Lynn from College Lane. Picture: Taz AliView of Town Hall in King's Lynn from College Lane. Picture: Taz Ali

St Nicholas' Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliSt Nicholas' Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

Hundreds of people filled the Tuesday Market Place for the Classic Car Day event on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliHundreds of people filled the Tuesday Market Place for the Classic Car Day event on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

Romas Martyniakas with Emilija, 8, and Erikas, 3, at the Classic Car Day event on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz AliRomas Martyniakas with Emilija, 8, and Erikas, 3, at the Classic Car Day event on Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

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