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!

In Gainsborough there is 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

Gainsborough Old Hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh between the 1460s and 1490s. The Burghs were a rich, flamboyant and powerful family. Gainsborough Old Hall was not only their home, but also a demonstration of their wealth and importance.

fit for a king

Did you know? Gainsborough was thought to be the capital of England and Denmark for five weeks in 1013 when Sweyen Forkbeard – the King of Denmark conquered England for a brief period!

Other royal guests include Henry VIII and his then wife Catherine Howard who stayed at Gainsborough Old Hall for three days in 1541.

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. 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