Clifton House, King's Lynn, Norfolk
Probably the finest surviving merchant's town house in England, grade-one listed Clifton House provides 'the most remarkable catalogue of building periods from the middle ages onwards' (Pevsner). As well as Tudor, Stuart and Georgian interiors and a magnificent staircase by Henry Bell, the tour includes the famous Elizabethan tower with its Jacobean murals and spectacular views.
The house was begun in 1250 and subsequently remodelled by owners up to the Georgian period. The huge medieval wine cellar is the earliest brick structure in Norfolk; the kitchen has the largest domestic medieval tiled pavement in England (visible through hatches) and the five-storey tower, built in the 1570s, is unique. After half a century of institutional use the house is now being restored as a family house.
Tour of the house and the Elizabethan tower led by the owners.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Clifton House - what a fascinating place. Simon was an excellent host and really brought the house alive.
The house is in the centre of King's Lynn. Follow signs to South Quay and park in the Baker Lane car park. The house is 17 Queen Street, immediately recognisable by its barley-twist columns on the front door.
Tea, coffee and home-baked cakes.
Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.