The famous act of holding back the tide by King Canute took place on the River Trent in Gainsborough

The Mayflower Pilgrims may well have worshipped in secret at the Gainsborough Old Hall

Both King Henry VIII and King Richard III stayed at the Gainsborough Old Hall

Discover a wealth of heritage and things to do! Gainsborough and its surrounding area offer a great range of days out for all ages.

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a ‘Must See’ for history lovers. Explore this historic market town through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre. You can also discover arts and culture at Trinity Arts Centre , with a fantastic programme of films and charming live performances.

Gainsborough is also part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations this year! Many of the leading Separatists came from this region, with a small group who were thought to worship in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall. Find out what’s happening in the Pilgrim Roots region.

Thriving markets are held in the town and, in the award winning shopping centre Marshall’s Yard, there is a regular Farmers’ Market.

Surrounding Gainsborough you’ll find a wealth of picturesque villages set in beautiful countryside. Together with Gainsborough, Caistor and Market Rasen are two more market towns steeped in history and just waiting to be discovered. A 30-minute drive will bring you to the historic City of Lincoln.

The Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also just under an hour away providing fantastic opportunities to extend your stay including walking and cycling.

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Why not extend your visit and take advantage of the many places to stay in the area. From hotels to cosy B&Bs, you’ll find a warm welcome whichever you choose – Find places to stay.


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