For 5 weeks in 1013 Gainsborough was the capital of both England and Denmark

Famous painter Karl Wood taught art at the Gainsborough Grammar School in the early 1900s

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

Pilgrim Routes Historical GuideDiscover Gainsborough, with its wealth of heritage and things to do! The town 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.

Thriving markets are held in the town and as well as a monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market.

You can explore the rich history of the town by following our heritage trail! This 90 minute walk will take you to some of Gainsbrough’s most historical landmarks allowing you explore the rich history of the town.

In 2020 and 2021, Gainsborough was part of the Mayflower400 commemorations! Many of the leading Separatists came from this region. It is thought that a small group of them worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall. Find out more.

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, 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.