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Visit Gainsborough, with its wealth of heritage and things to do! The town offers a great range of days out for all ages!

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, a ‘Must See’ for history lovers. Explore this historic market town through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre , The Old Nick Police Museum and the Gainsborough Model Railway.

You can also discover arts and culture at Trinity Arts Centre , with its fantastic programme of films and charming live performances.

When you visit Gainsborough, make sure to take a walk down the riverside to see the Pilgrim Woman. She stands at the waters edge as a symbol of Gainsborough’s connection to the Mayflower story.

Gainsborough is the ideal base to explore Lincolnshire

Explore further and head to the historic city of Lincoln with it’s fantastic Castle and Cathedral and famous ‘Steep Hill’. The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is also just under an hours drive away with plenty of walking routes, fun activities and days out. The Lincolnshire Coast also offers a great day out for all the family!

For more information on places to visit in Lincolnshire visit www.visitlincolnshire.com.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Built in 1460, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain and hosts a variety of events and exhibitions all year round.

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Gainsborough Old Hall
Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Set inside an early 20th Century Post Office, Gainsborough Heritage Centre houses the town’s significant collection of industrial and domestic artefacts, displays and exhibitions.

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Gainsborough Model Railway

See one of the largest hand-built model railways depicting the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross to Leeds Central. This is no ordinary model railway, but a truly remarkable product of the model maker’s art.

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Old Nick Museum

The Old Nick Police Museum

The original Divisional Headquarters of the Lincolnshire Constabulary and the former Magistrates’ Court, The Old Nick shows the development of the Lincolnshire Constabulary from 1860 to the present day.

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All Saints Church

Enjoy the architecture of this remarkable Grade I Listed Church. Find a quiet place for prayer and reflection, look around, or have a cup of tea in the popular café.

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All Saints Parish Church
Mayflower Room

United Reformed Church

Built as a memorial to John Robinson, Pastor to the Mayflower Pilgrims, the church houses an impressive display of the local history of the area’s Separatist ancestors, who played an important role in the Mayflower voyage in 1620.

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Gainsborough Churches

You’ll find a number of churches in Gainsborough full of history, heritage and community. No church is the same and you’ll enjoy the stunning architecture of each building as you explore the town.

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Churches Festival - All Saints Church, Gainsborough
Gainsborough Riverside Walk

The Riverside Walk

Gainsborough was once one of the country’s biggest inland ports. Take a gentle stroll along the Riverside Walk, connecting the Trent Bridge to the Town Centre and see the bronze statue of The Pilgrim Woman.

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Owlet Wood

Owlet’s varied landscape is popular with visitors who enjoy walking and relaxing in natural surroundings. Its all-ability path means that it’s very accessible; the route being suitable for wheelchair-users and buggies.

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Scotton Common - Wildlife Trust

Scotton Common

Known for its carpets of lilac heather and impressive butterflies and moths, this nature reserve is well worth a visit between April and August.

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Tuetoes Woods, Laughton Forest

Enjoy the tranquillity of the woodland, home to flapping herons and elusive nightjars. Most of Laughton Forest privately owned. However, Tuetoes is owned by the Forestry Commission and people are welcome to explore.

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Mill Wood, Morton

A small piece of woodland surrounded by arable land and developed areas. One local oddity is the old wind powered steam laundry that still stands next to the wood.

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Minster Church of St Mary, Stow

In about 975 Bishop Aelfnoth built a church to serve as head Minster for the Lincolnshire part of his large diocese. It is also possible that a Saxon church stood here before.

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Stow Minster
Memorial to RAF Ingham

RAF Ingham Heritage Centre

Royal Air Force Station Ingham was a grass airfield, used mainly by No1 Group, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force and only ever existed during the Second World War. The airfield lies 20 minutes from Gainsborough.

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RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

Housed inside one of the original WWII hangars, discover over 1500 artefacts that will be of interest to all aviation enthusiasts. Booking must be made in advance.

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RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

RAF Wickenby Museum

Housed in the first floor of the original Watch Office, this museum is dedicated to the commemoration of the Bomber Boys who flew from RAF Wickenby during WW2.

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Brightwater Gardens

Eight acres of beautiful gardens, wildflower meadows and woodland located at Saxby, Lincolnshire. Open by appointment only.

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Brightwater Gardens snowdrop walk
Market Rasen - Past times

Market Rasen Heritage Tour

Discover the history of the Market Rasen – on foot or online – and discover 20 historical stories brought to life with words, videos, photos & panoramas.

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The Old Police Station, Market Rasen

The Old Police Station is one of only three complete mid 19th century courtrooms left in England, making it a very important historic Grade II listed building.

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Market rasen station

Market Rasen Station

Housing a local heritage centre that includes over 20 fascinating display panels, and audio stories from people who lived and worked at the station years ago.

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Willingham Woods

Willingham Woods on the eastern edge of Market Rasen, is the perfect setting for walking and cycling. Many of the circular routes from Market Rasen use the National cycle Route 1 as a base.

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Willingham Woods, Market Rasen
Caistor - Arts & Heritage Centre (05)

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre

Located on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this former chapel has displays on local history, a public library and a café offering delicious cakes, snacks & lunches.

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Bardney Heritage Centre

A local heritage centre with a popular cafe sitting close to the water railway cycle route. The centre has a range of memorabilia showing the industrial heritage of the village.

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Mill farm garden

Mill Farm Garden

3.5 acres of stunning gardens overlooking the Lincolnshire Wolds and Ancholme Valley with many herbaceous beds and design ideas.

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West Lindsey Aviation Heritage

Explore the area’s aviation heritage with the West Lindsey Aviation Heritage guide locating active RAF stations and former airfield sites

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West Lindsey Aviation Heritage