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Gainsborough Old Hall

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Address: Parnell Street | Lincolnshire, Gainsborough UK DN21 2NB , England
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+44 1522 782040
11:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Regularly described as a “hidden gem in Lincolnshire” this exciting visitor...

Regularly described as a “hidden gem in Lincolnshire” this exciting visitor attraction offers a variety of events and exhibitions and an award – winning schools’ education programme. Owned by English Heritage the Hall is operated by Lincolnshire County Council. Gainsborough Old Hall is a large, late- medieval manor house built by the noble Burgh family around 1460. The house boasts an impressive Great Hall; original medieval kitchen; East and West ranges containing a myriad of rooms and a haunted ghost corridor.

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I would go out of my way to visit this site. It is very well preserved and loaded with historical information combined with impressive restored rooms and artifacts... read more

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Ithaca, New York
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158 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would go out of my way to visit this site. It is very well preserved and loaded with historical information combined with impressive restored rooms and artifacts. Additionally, there is currently a display of costumes from Wolf Hall the tv mini-series. Parking is very easy if you are there on a weekday.

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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good and interesting place to visit lots to see and lot of history here definitely worth a visit while in the area

Thank StockportBanny
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very nice place to visit steeped in history, plenty to see and learn about with a great cafe to end the tour. there is also nice relaxing grounds to sit in when the sun is shinning, i would recomemnd this venue for all ages

Thank Jay C
Egham, England, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family visit, not with children! Really interesting place. Lots of history related to Henry VIII and some of his wives. Currently an exhibition of the costumes from Wolf Hall. Fantastic architecture. Easy to wile away some time here very pleasantly.

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Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a day when the staff dressed up in mediaeval dress and reenacted the part of the hall residents of the day. Very interesting and highly informative. Really enjoyed the afternoon outing.

Thank Adam C
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this little gem of a medieval Manor House when we had family visiting over the bank holiday weekend. Took the self guided audio tour which was very informative. We really enjoyed the Wolf Hall costume display that had started two days previously. Gainsborough Old Hall has a sense of history about it from the moment you step through the... More 

Thank QueenieV64
Retford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend visiting my son is six and he absolutely loved it! We had dinner in the cafe first then went on our audio tour. We all loved the place we've actually been twice now as we don't live to far from here. It's worth a drive out it's a hidden gem they also put on special events and... More 

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Pickering, North Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today after many years away from the town. What a delight this place is, a little gem that must get missed by many people. The audio tour is the best I've heard in such a property and has the added bonus of visual input too. The cafe was also quite good.

Thank sealdriver
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although I have lived all my life only about a hours drive from here this is the first visit and it was well worth it. It is a glorious property and you can well imagine being there in Tudor times, it is very well preserved and set out. On our visit they were putting out the costumes from the TV... More 

Thank Bird29
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Received notifications regularly from the old hall website regarding the BBC Series Wolf Hall costumes which would be on display from 29 April 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm daily until August. Duly arrived yesterday, 29 April at 6.15 pm anticipating an interesting hour or so only to find, along with other people, the place shut, no one around nor any... More 

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GOH1460, General Manager at Gainsborough Old Hall, responded to this review

Dear P J Porter We must apologies for any misunderstanding that has arisen that meant you turned up to the exhibition when we were not open. The opening times of the site as advertised on the website are 10-5 weekdays and 11-5 weekends https://www.gainsborougholdhall.com/visiting-us/opening-times The notifications you received were via the Facebook event which the times you have quoted were... More 

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