Duke's Head Hotel, King's Lynn

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Duke's Head Hotel
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The Duke's Head Hotel
Duke's Head Hotel, King's Lynn is located in Norfolk
Duke's Head Hotel, King's Lynn
General information
Location King's Lynn, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, England
Address Tuesday Market Place
Kings Lynn
PE30 1JS
United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°45′21.85″N 0°23′42.31″E / 52.7560694°N 0.3950861°E / 52.7560694; 0.3950861
Opening Built in 1683
Technical details
Floor count 4 (connecting lift)
Design and construction
Architect attributed to Henry Bell
Other information
Number of rooms 81 en-suite bedrooms
Number of suites 3 conferencing suites
Number of restaurants 2 (Turners Restaurant & Gryffen’s Bistro)
Parking Yes, but limited
Hotel Website
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 1 December 1951
Reference no. 384336[1]

The Duke's Head Hotel is an AA[2] 4 star hotel in the English town of King's Lynn within the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom[3] The hotel has been a grade II listed building since 1 December 1951.


The hotel is situated in the centre of King's Lynn and is on the eastern side of Tuesday Market Place. It is only 0.7 miles (1.1 km) west of King's Lynn railway station.[4] The hotel is 44.0 miles (70.8 km) west of the city of Norwich. The nearest airport is also at Norwich and that is 44.5 miles (71.6 km) west of the hotel.


The Duke's Head was built in 1683 for the King’s Lynn Member of Parliament, Sir John Turner,[5] and is attributed to the King's Lynn architect Henry Bell.[6] Henry Bell designed an built many building within King’s Lynn and Norfolk including the Customs House in King’s Lynn.

Ghostly manifestations[edit]

The Dukes head is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in King's Lynn.[citation needed] It stands on the site of an ancient inn called the Gryffin. There is a red lady who is thought to be a Haunting Manifestation of a woman who killed herself over her two lovers.[7][unreliable source?] There is also a ghostly maid servant who was executed in Tuesday market place for poisoning her mistress.[8][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ Building schedule
  2. ^ The hotels AA listing
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 236” – King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-23808-3.
  4. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978 1 84348 614 5
  5. ^ John Turner-Blue Plaque Retrieved 19 January 2013
  6. ^ Local History website Retrieved 19 January 2013
  7. ^ The Red Lady Retrieved 19 January 2013
  8. ^ Haunted King’s Lynn Retrieved 19 January 2013