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Welcome to Clifton House

Clifton House is the most important house in the historic town of King’s Lynn. A merchant’s house in the heart of the town, it retains an amazing series of historic interiors dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries and is Grade 1 listed. Features of interest include two tiled floors from the later 13th century (the largest in-situ tiled floors in any secular building in Britain); the 14th-century vaulted undercroft; the five-storey Elizabethan tower and a series of rooms created by the architect Henry Bell in 1700.


The house is a privately owned family home, but is open to visitors on a number of occasions during the year.


Opening Arrangements 2012

House and Tower: open days


King’s Lynn Hansa Weekend Tower and Garden only

Saturday 21st May 11am to 3pm

Sunday 22nd May 2pm to 4pm

King’s Lynn Festival whole House and Tower

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2015 10am to 4pm

Entrance charges Adults £3.50 Children £2.50. Under 5s free. Not suitable for people with impaired mobility due to the number of stairs. No booking necessary. Admission: £3.50.

Image (left): Thomas Snelling's dining room recreated for the 2015 Lynn Festival

Individual tours


Individuals or groups of friends and family can sign up to join one of our regular tours guided by the owners Dr. Simon Thurley and Dr. Anna Keay with tea and cakes afterwards.

Dates this year are 13 May, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 28 July, 9 September, 16 September.

Exclusively through ‘Invitation to View’:


Group Tours


Throughout the year we take tours round the house. These are guided by owners Dr. Simon Thurley or Dr. Anna Keay and can be tailor made to your group’s requirements. In collaboration with Dr. Paul Richards tours can be extended to other buildings in the town.



How to reach us


Clifton House, 17 Queen Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HT. Nearest parking: Baker Lane or South Quay.