After by-passing this town on numerous occasions we decided to spend a couple of nights and find out what the place had to offer.
I thought it would be pretty straight forward finding this hotel as it has a prominent position on the market place. That turned out to be far from the truth. After driving round Kings Lynn's one way system for 45 minutes with no sight of it I gave in and let the sat nav take us there. This it did quite well and we ended up at the car park behind. NOTE: Don't forget to ask for the car park key code before you leave.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful and we had a short walk from reception to room number 3 which is in the original hotel building and not the extension that Trust House Forte built on the back.
We had no complaints with the room which had a selection of very nice biscuits and free wifi which is always welcome.
Two large windows overlooked the pub next door which has live bands playing at the weekend. If you need an early night this may be a problem as they do not finish until 11pm.
We dined in the restaurant on the first night and the food was excellent. The hotel had a major refurbishment recently and this is shown in the high standard of fittings and overall cleanliness. The restaurant can get a little stuffy as there are no external windows, but it has a good atmosphere and the staff are very attentive.
Breakfast next day is served in the same room. It would be far better if the hotel served it in the room at the front where it used to be, but this space is to be turned into a coffee shop which is a great shame.
If the hotel is busy, breakfast is all of the buffet style, but the first morning was quieter and we had waitress service and a good choice from the menu. A thoroughly enjoyed the full English.
Kings Lynn does not have a great deal of places to visit, but there are some interesting areas in the medieval section and by the old customs house. Look out for the canon ball that was meant to have been fired at the church! There is also 'The Walks' starting at Greyfriars Tower which is very close to the hotel and there are tunnels to the sea open during the summer months.
We both enjoyed our stay at the Dukes Head and would be happy to return when the tunnels are open.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of King's Lynn old town and overlooking the historic market place, the Duke's Head is perfect for discovering what Norfolk has to offer to the business and leisure traveller. Since Georgian times, this impressive classical building has welcomed visitors including Princess Victoria and Sir Robert Walpole (generally considered to be the first Prime Minister of Great Britain) in considerable comfort and style.Its location overlooking the ancient market place in the centre of King's Lynn would have denoted its importance in a town peppered with fine historic buildings. The Duke's Head is located walking distance away from King's Lynn station, nightlife, restaurants, bars and leisure club. Kings Lynn is serviced by regular trains to London and serves as an ideal location for discovering Norfolk. North Norfolk is an ideal tourist destination. Whether you enjoy the lively atmosphere and entertainment offered by traditional seaside resorts, the tranquility of the small fishing villages, which spring to life at high tide, you can't help but be impressed by the beautiful coastline and the fascinating history of its towns. The Hotel has recently benefited from a 3 million pound refurbishment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elizabeth Dukes Head Hotel
- Dukes Head Kings Lynn
- The Legacy Duke's Head Hotel UK/Norfolk