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Address: | Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn PE30 5DQ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1553 774297
Today
10:00 - 16:30
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Stories of Lynn is a stunning new attraction where local history is brought...

Stories of Lynn is a stunning new attraction where local history is brought vividly to life. Discover stories of seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates, and miscreants who have shaped King's Lynn, one of England's most important medieval port towns, over more than 800 years of history. On your visit to Stories of Lynn, you can tour the old gaol cells, try on Mayor's robes, see the magnificent King John Cup, and much more!

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Go on a Tuesday or Sunday

It is now refurbished and called the Tales of Lynn. There are some super objects on display, including the fabulous King John Cup, but the most atmospheric part is the old gaol... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2016
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King's Lynn
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

A very rewarding experience. well organised, well staffed. Learned more about the social history in there in an hour than you could read in books. How a museum attraction should be run. Loved meeting the prisoner and learning about her life in prison and her relationship with her gaoler. Our child was not impressed with the bucket which she had... More 

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1 Thank Laura S
King's Lynn
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284 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

It is now refurbished and called the Tales of Lynn. There are some super objects on display, including the fabulous King John Cup, but the most atmospheric part is the old gaol section which brought to life with the use of video. There are a few things designed to keep the kids amused, such as clothes for dressing up and... More 

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Thank Jeff1903
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Recently revamped and marketed as "Stories of Lynn", this museum perhaps should have studied what other museums (eg Gressenhall) are doing. It is perfectly well done but is perhaps a little dry for current tastes - certainly to appeal to the younger generation. We liked the Hanse game but information on the Hanse itself very sparse. If you go and... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

we have voluntarily been to lots of prison up and down the land, this is an excellent one,the staff (not prison)were friendly and helpful we recommended a visit

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Decent little museum that gives a quick history of the area. The museum consists of mainly a single room display area followed by a quick tour of the prison area. Interesting and a quick simple attraction.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit very interesting place. Friendly staff too. Learnt a few new facts anyone who enjoys history will find d this intruiging.

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Thank Suedolman
Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Having recently moved to the area, I wanted to visit the renovated 'Gaol House' which is now part of a larger exhibition complex called Stories of Lynn. There were some great treasures on display, and in particular we enjoyed the interactive elements which were on offer (even if the bridge construction display wasn't possible to complete). Great for families of... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Please don't come to King's Lynn expecting to visit the Old Gaol House. It is currently being re-furbished (and has been closed all year). The building will open again in 2016.

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1 Thank Ellie W
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Lovely to see a piece of Lynn's heritage. Again not open all year round and should be.. Supposed to be haunted and I imagine a good few prisoners died there!!

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Brilliant place to visit, we found it very interesting and you could really understand exactly how it was years ago!! We'd liked all the exhibits that were on display.

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