The Custom House in King's Lynn. Picture: Paul Tibbs

King’s Lynn’s landmark Custom House re-opened to visitors this week.

The 17th-century building, which formerly housed the town’s Tourist Information Centre, closed for refurbishment in 2019.

At the time, there were fears for its future when the information centre was moved to the Stories of Lynn setting in the Saturday Market Place. 

But now, thanks to the town’s civic society working with the borough council, the building will be open from 10am to 3pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Civic society chairman Alison Gifford said: “Around 10 of our volunteers are making sure that residents and visitors to the area can once again enjoy coming and exploring inside this landmark building.

“On the ground floor visitors will see an exhibition about the civic society and our contribution to the town. 

“You can see aspects of planning and the heritage action zone.

“Upstairs there are details about the Custom House and Henry Bell who built it in 1683 as a merchants’ exchange, and some of the history of Margery Kempe, a local figure from history with an international reputation. There are also pictures from local artist Emily Chapman being displayed.

“We plan to open the building every Wednesday and Saturday from now until Heritage Open Day on September 12. 

“This is a chance for people to discover that the King’s Lynn Civic Society is much more than meetings and talks, we enjoy doing practical activities that invite others to enjoy the rich heritage of our town.”

Elizabeth Nockolds, the council’s heritage and culture champion, said she was delighted to see it re-opening and thanked the society. She urged people to visit the building.