Kings' Lynn is a popular base with visitors touring the Norfolk coast. It’s an area which includes quintessential old villages, the city of Norwich, fishing villages and the popular seaside town of Great Yarmouth. One stop visitors to the town should make is to the Customs House which overlooks the port. As the name suggests, this was a prominent place in years gone by, and today is home to the tourist information centre where you can pick up details of places to visit relating to two of the area’s famous mariners, Admiral Nelson and Captain Vancouver.
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A few miles inland of the north Norfolk coast, in the hamlet of Burnham Thorpe, visitors will find the birthplace of Lord Horatio Nelson. Fatally wounded at during the Battle of Trafalgar, Lord Nelson wanted to be buried in his local churchyard, but instead, he ended up in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. However, his local church does have a cross and lectern made from the timbers of his ship, the HMS Victory. Lord Nelson was certainly famous, but the biggest hero of Kings Lynn was Captain Vancouver. Captain Vancouver was the man who sailed his ship ‘The Discovery’ to beat a fleet of American ships to the northwest coast of America. When he stepped ashore he declared the area should be called “British Columbia”, the city of Vancouver was also named after the man himself.
There’s another place you must visit in your Kings Lyn Carhire, and that’s the Norfolk Arena. The arena is home to Premier League Speedway, the King’s Lynn Stars, Quad Racing, Monster Trucks, Bangers, F1 and F2 Stock Car Racing. It’s brilliant fun, but please, leave your car in the car park!