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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.

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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 features

Tour of the house and the Elizabethan tower led by the owners.



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.

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Useful information

Price £17.50
Duration 2 hours

Tea, coffee and home-baked cakes.

Special restrictions

Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.

Disabled access

Very limited.

Tour dates

Date Time Availability
Fri 25 May 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 15 Jun 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 29 Jun 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 13 Jul 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 20 Jul 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 07 Sep 3:30 pm Spaces available
Fri 14 Sep 3:30 pm Spaces available


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