Horncastle

Horncastle

It may be dubbed as the 'Best Antiques Town' but there's more to it, a kind of satisfying Englishness that prevails in Horncastle. This is a country living at a manageable pace.

Horncastle was given its market charter in the 13th century. It was formerly known for its great August Horse Fair, an internationally famous annual trading event which lasted until the early 20th century. You cannot visit Horncastle without attending the weekly markets that take place every Thursday and Saturday. The farmer's market is also well worth a visit. Here you can buy Lincolnshire local produce including plumbread and poacher cheese.  

Standing between the Rivers Waring and Bain, the walls of the Roman town can still be seen.  A flourishing town in the Middle Ages, and again with the coming of the railway, look back comfortably on the past as you stroll around the dozens of antique shops, packed with curiosities and furniture from bygone ages. The fine 18th & 19th century buildings hold a surprise or two. The King's Head has an unusual legacy; it is one of the country's original mud and stud construction pubs, few others exist. The Old Grocers shop, now a newsagent, was the business of a certain Mr Henry Lunn, later the successful travel agent.

To find out more, please contact the Horncastle Tourist Information Centre, which is now based in the Sir Joseph Banks Centre, by email (enquiries@joseph-banks.org.uk) or phone 01507 526065.