St George's Guildhall, King's Lynn
St George's Guildhall

The historic guildhall of St George is the largest surviving medieval guidhall in the country. The guildhall was created for the Guild of St George over the years 1410-1420. It is built of brick dressed with ashlar, and the interior is an excellent example of 15th century architectural decoration.
The Grade I listed Guildhall is home to the King's Lynn Art Centre, a combination theatre and arthouse cinema, with the addition of several intimate art galleries and a cafe in the vaulted cellars. 

VISITING
Access to the Guildhall interior depends on the box office opening times. If the box office is open you can usually get access to the theatre. When I visited, the Guildhall theatre was technically closed, but I simply asked politely at the box office and they were happy to unlock the theatre and allow me to poke around on my own.

The first thing you will notice is the exceptional timber roof, a work of art in its own right. The modern theatre seating and stage do detract somewhat from the sense of the Guildhall's history, but then again it is wonderful to see the building being used. Look for the richly decorated royal coat of arms over the stage, and the beautiful mullioned windows. Outside the theatre itself the age of the Guildhall building is evident, with huge timber beams poking out from behind modern decoration.