10 Things to Do in Gainsborough That You Shouldn't Miss

November 10, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Discover the best top things to do in Gainsborough, United Kingdom (UK) including Gainsborough Old Hall, Marshall's Yard, Gainsborough Heritage Centre, Mount pleasant windmill and tea rooms, Retford & Gainsborough Garden Centre, All Saints Church, War Memorial Gainsborough, Pilgrims Antiques Centre, The Old Nick Theatre, Hall Farm Garden.
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1. Gainsborough Old Hall

Parnell Street | Lincolnshire, Gainsborough DN21 2NB, England +44 1522 782040
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

Gainsborough Old Hall

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.

Reviewed By Lionel T - Preston, United Kingdom

We visited as part of a coach party and we were astounded by this building. It is well preserved and gives a rare example of both medieval architecture and life. We could have spent longer at this building but I would add that the Guide...MoreThank you for your kind review. I will pass on your appriation to the team.

2. Marshall's Yard

Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough DN21 2NA, England +44 1427 810706
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4 based on 149 reviews

Marshall's Yard

Reviewed By freddiedoncaster - Doncaster

Gainsborough and you have to pay to park!!?Im not being funny but I still expected water troughs for your horse in this town,never mind parking meters!!
Anyway,to the point,Marshalls Yard is what it is,you don't have to stay long,and will get what you came for.
That's it really.

3. Gainsborough Heritage Centre

12 North Street, Gainsborough DN21 2HS, England +44 1427 614533
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5 based on 28 reviews

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Our role is to make Gainsborough's history and heritage accessible to all. Our archives include information on companies including Marshalls and Rose Brothers, schools, buildings, local newspapers, burials and Cemeteries. We have a wide variety of displays and changing Exhibitions, well established research room and a small tea room with full facilities. We welcome all visitors and have a lift to provide disabled access to all floors.

Reviewed By nortonfen - Gainsborough, United Kingdom

Visited the centre for the first time since it has had the new exhibition street. The whole place is brilliant, lovely friendly helpers who really care for their local history . It is a great place to see our history. , the reconstructed shops, post...MoreThanks for the wonderful words really pleased that you enjoyed your first visit since we re-opened, its nice to hear comments from people who have seen how the Centre has progressed and I will be sure to pass your comments on to the team.

4. Mount pleasant windmill and tea rooms

Mount Pleasant North Cliff Road, Gainsborough DN21 4LB, England +44 1652 640177
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4 based on 49 reviews

Mount pleasant windmill and tea rooms

Reviewed By frankart_10 - Lymington, United Kingdom

I called in at the mill, walking up form Kirton in Lindsey on a blustery day, a walk of maybe about a mile each way. The mill has recently lost its sails in gales, and awaits new ones, so wasn't working under wind power, but they have an electric motor which temporarily deputises for the sails,and permits milling to continue.
Admission is only £2, and when I paid the door to the mill was unlocked and I was left to wander up and down in my own time.
Typical of a working mill, occupying several floors it is suitably dusty, and crammed with cogs, pulleys and various scales, sacks and bits of machinery. I loved it. The sense of antiquity and the smell of flour was just wonderful. I spent about an hour clambering about and nobody else came in.
The cafe and tea room is equally charming,. The young lady working there was just so brilliantly friendly and helpful and the snacks, many made with the flour produced at the mill were wholesome and appetising The stilton and celery Sandwich on wholemeal was a meal in itself.
I loved this visit. I don't expect it rates highly on a ,map of major tourist attractions, but if you like quaint, unusual and friendly, then this is the place.

5. Retford & Gainsborough Garden Centre

Bar Road | Saundby, Gainsborough DN22 9EU, England +44 1427 848784
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4 based on 36 reviews

Retford & Gainsborough Garden Centre

Garden Centre, Gift Shop, Restaurant/Cafe, Disabled and baby changing facilities, large free car park, open 7 days a week

Reviewed By Martinleslie - Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom

We arrived around 11.45 to eat in the café. When we enquired about a breakfast, we were told it had finished, as per the menu timings. While we were waiting for our order, a group of cyclists arrived some ten minutes after us and ordered and were served food from.......the breakfast menu! I wonder if there are two sets of rules, one for visitors and another for regulars.
Food was ok, lasagne obviously microwaved as it was still cooking long after it was served

6. All Saints Church

Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR, England +44 1427 611036
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

All Saints Church

Reviewed By seat47 - Loughborough, United Kingdom

We visited the church on the same day as The Old Hall opposite. The church has a small coffee shop run by the members which provided us with good coffee and cake after our long journey. The church is bright, airy and welcoming and one cannot fail to notice the copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper which takes pride of place above the altar. There is a Millennium tapestry along the side wall showing the history of Gainsborough which is fascinating to say the least. It is worth taking a copy of the small green leaflet showing the points of interest or, better still, buy the guide book to help with the heavy cost of the upkeep of such a building in this day and age.

7. War Memorial Gainsborough

Gladstone Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB, England
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

War Memorial Gainsborough

Reviewed By 2014Jandy - Nottingham, United Kingdom

Visited the Old Hall at Gainsborough and as we were walking around the outside we saw Gainsborough War Memorial and thought is was unusual as it didn't have the names of the fallen listed on it. The names were available at the local church & library if you are wanting to look them up. The memorial itself dates from the 1920's.

8. Pilgrims Antiques Centre

66A Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR, England +44 1427 810897
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5 based on 4 reviews

Pilgrims Antiques Centre

Reviewed By 2014Jandy - Nottingham, United Kingdom

Found this antiques centre by chance as we were walking to the Old Hall. It is located just outside the main shopping area of the town opposite the church. It actually surprised us how big it was as it goes back a long way and there is a second floor as well, We were made to feel welcome and took our time looking around both floors. There were a lot of things to see on display and in cabinets. There was no problem showing us anything we wanted a closer look at and a lady upstairs had a chat about what to visit while we were in Gainsborough which was very helpful.

9. The Old Nick Theatre

Old Nick Theatre 31 Spring Gardens, Gainsborough DN21 2AY, England +44 1427 239387
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Old Nick Theatre

Reviewed By davidharrylarder - Retford, United Kingdom

Most people interested in theatre have heard of the Old Vic in London. But have they heard of the Old Nick in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire? Why should theatre buffs be bothered anyway?
I went to. see why it would have been given this name. In the 19th century if a policeman put his hand on your Collar you were "Nicked". So you can see the play on words when you realise that this lovely old theatre has been created by local enthusiasts from a former magistrates court and police station. In Spring Garden, it is near the re-generated Marshall's Yard retail complex in the town,and is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1850 that only holds 80 seats.I was invited to perform in an arena performance there recently in quite an appropriate play concerning a court scene.
The theatre has been fortunate in getting a heritage grant to modernise its facilities. The Company are also instituting a crime and punishment Museum in the old pollice cells.Upstairs, via the sweeping polished wood Victorian handrail one reaches
a new and attractive bar and lounge area..The museum will be opened In late July
in the cells by the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire and the Mayor of Gainsborough.Other police exhibits are being brought in.
Paranormal groups have stayed all night long in the musty cells in the hope of seeing a ghost which is said to haunt the place. The most that has been seen or heard are strange breathing noises.
It will be an excellent place to go for anyone interested in this first purpose-built police station in Lincolnshire that has had a change of life from the divisional headquarters of the North Lincolnshire police force into a thriving little theatre that puts on a range of innovative plays.

10. Hall Farm Garden

Hall Farm, Harpswell, Gainsborough DN21 5UU, England +44 1427 668412
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4 based on 2 reviews

Hall Farm Garden

Reviewed By Loretta R

Have visited Hall farm garden on numerous occasions- the wander round the plant borders always produces a new find- ponds with wild life and plants galore. Some days later in the year you are even allowed to collect seeds from the plants to sow in your own garden. There are several craft workshops but the only one open on the day we visited was the forge where ornamental ironwork is made (including garden decortive features).

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