St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Address:
St Ann's Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NH
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Opening times:
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10:30am - 4pm
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Nine centuries of treasures in the largest chapel in England

From the tip of its nineteenth-century spire to its Norman foundations, everything about this town centre church is dazzling. Light floods from its magnificent windows into the interior. The vividly coloured picture panels to the east depict 32 scenes from the life of Jesus. Monuments from the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries, some with startlingly lifelike painted figures, celebrate King's Lynn's seamen, merchants, mayors and shopkeepers and illustrate the town's long history as a busy commercial centre and port.

Among these monuments is a marble urn designed by the famous Scottish architect Robert Adam. The carved woodwork was of such quality that some of it is now in the V&A Museum, but in the Medieval stalls you can still see a collection of creatures that make the green man look tame. Up in the fifteenth-century wooden roof, carved angels with outstretched wings sing and play musical instruments.

One holds a recorder - the earliest ever portrayal of the instrument in church carving. At your feet is a fantastic collection of ledger stones including one dedicated to Robinson Cruso. The consistory court in the north-west corner of the chapel is a very rare survival. This dates from 1617 and was where the Archdeacon would judge cases relating to church law.

  • Access information
    There is a temporary ramp available in the south porch for wheelchair users.  Please not that due to the historic nature of our buildings, the floors and surfaces may be worn and uneven. Please take care while enjoying the building. 
  • Facilities

    The chapel is staffed by stewards during opening hours. Accessible bathroom facilities are available at this church, plus wifi and kitchen facilities and the building is heated.

    Venue hire

    The chapel can seat up to 400 people and is available for hire for concerts, performances, exhibitions, markets and social or corporate events. The building offers a magnificent setting for any occasion. It's acoustic properties for choral events are well known to the Kings Lynn Festival audience, the organ is high quality and the tower has a rehung ring of eight bells. 

    To book the chapel for an event please contact us by email or call 01553 774471.

  • Directions
    The chapel is to the north of the centre of King’s Lynn on St. Ann’s Street. Follow green finger post signs located throughout town centre
  • Transport

    Nearest railway station:

    King's Lynn (10 minutes'walk).

    Bus station in Vancouver Centre by Sainsbury's (10 minute walk).

    Bus route numbers 2/4/35/44/C1/CH from local bus station.

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    Things to see and do

    As well as regular live events, there's lots of activities and discoveries to be made inside St Nicholas'. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Use the mobile magnifying mirror to examine the extraordinary angel roof
    • See and hear stories of the past lives of Lynn's notable residents, including the town's seafarers
    • Explore the Consistory Court and deleve into the dress up box to pass judgements on your friends and family
    • Follow our trail to find the original Robinson Crusoe

     

    Guides

    This short guidebook contains information on the features and history of the chapel:

    Kingsā€™s Lynn guide book.pdf

     

     

  • Conservation and Regeneration
    Visit our regeneration project pages for details of the £2.7 million conservation project at St Nicholas' Chapel that was completed in 2015. 
  • Volunteering Opportunities

    Please search our volunteering opportunities page for details of volunteer vacancies at St Nicholas' Chapel or email Vicky Etheridge, Development Manager.

     

  • Community information

    Friends of St Nicholas' Chapel:

    The Friends' of St Nicholas Chapel seek to help preserve and promote the chapel and support our aims. If you would like information on how to join the friends please visit www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk

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