one of the county's larger market towns with fantastic medieval heritage

In the district of West Lindsey, just a 30-minute drive from Lincoln on the westerly edge of Lincolnshire, bordered by the River Trent lies the historic market town of Gainsborough. 

If you're looking for a place with a wealth of heritage and things to do, look no further than Gainsborough!

This historic market town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a must 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.

Markets are held in the market place and as well as a monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market.

historic buildings

Gainsborough Old Hall

Discover well-preserved original features at Gainsborough Old Hall including the impressive medieval kitchen, huge fireplace and great hall with intricate wooden ceiling.

local history

Pilgrim Roots

The Mayflower trail follows the journey of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the ship, and their voyage through enchanting villages, towns, and beautiful cities across England and Leiden. Discover Gainsborough Pilgrim Roots and the town's connection to the Mayflower story.


Gainsborough's riverside walk

Grab your walking shoes and head over to the Gainsborough’s riverside walk to explore a much-welcomed and improved walkway.

Visitors can now enjoy an uninterrupted 1.7 mile stroll along the River bank from the historic Trent Bridge all the way to the picturesque village of Morton.

a rich and unique heritage

The Domesday Book, created in 1086, revealed that at that time Lincolnshire was England’s most populous county because of Gainsborough. Its rich history since has included royal visits, hosted by Lord Burgh at Gainsborough Old Hall.

The town’s history dates back as far as Ancient British and Viking times, and had great importance during the Industrial Revolution. Gainsborough was a busy inland port with warehousing, breweries and large engineering firms.

The town has a long-standing history of industry; Gainsborough was the manufacturing base of Marshall, Sons & Co.— a major boiler manufacturer founded by William Marshall in 1848. The site, now known as Marshall’s Yard, is home to thirty-five stores including; an Italian restaurant, coffee shops, health club and landscaped plaza.


Marshall's Yard

Discover this outdoor shopping centre located at the heart of Gainsborough Town Centre. Shop over 30 popular brands.


Bransby Horses

Meet the horses at Bransby Horse, one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities. Dedicated to improving the lives of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

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Gainsborough Old Hall