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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 Hanse Festival (tower only)

Sunday 12 May 2019 2-4pm

King’s Lynn Festival Weekend

Saturday 13 July 2019 11am-4pm

Sunday 14 July 2019 2-4pm

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.

Image (left): Thomas Snelling's dining room in the Clifton House Tower

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 for 2019 are Friday afternoons: 24 May, 14 & 28 June, 5 & 12 July, 13 Sept.

Advance booking only, tel: 01946 690 823 or book online at


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.