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“Interesting history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall
Parnell St, Gainsborough UK DN21 2NB , England
01522 782040
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Gainsborough
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: 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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“Interesting history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Fascinating old hall with many rooms and exhibits. Dating from medieval times, it has a great deal of history to explore, friendly staff and a nice cafe along with the4 inevitable gift shop. Great family day out.

Visited May 2013
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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“Back In Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Havent been here for years, visited as in area and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. EH member so got in free, lots of rooms open to view, well presented and interpreted. used the audio guide which was also v good. it was lovely and quiet when we visited (a school had just left) so we had the place to ourselves. The kitchen areas are very interesting, including the stuffed boar! Views from top of building excellent, the surrounding gardens will be very nice in spring/summer with herbs and roses. Photography exhibition was very good.
Shop was good, has a nice looking cafe inside, we didn't eat as had a picnic. Parked right outside, plenty of on street parking. Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“A great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We visited last summer, and were surprised at how many rooms there were to see, and how interesting it was. We used the audio guide, and it was the best we have ever experienced. I usually avoid them, as I prefer to browse in peace, but in this case the offering was really good, and massively enhanced the visit. The videos were very well done, and we particularly enjoyed the kitchen area. I shall return, bringing other family members.

Visited August 2012
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“Great View and Reasonably Priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Great, atmospheric and steeped in history. The gift shop is very reasonably priced too which is not often the case with such places. We had a lovely sit down outside in the sunshine afterwards with a book we had bought.

The sights, sounds and smells of the Old Hall remind me of visits as a child and stir up some wonderful memories. Not from first time round mind, I'm not that old!

Would take you 3 hours or so to visit properly, a great place to visit as a family. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2012
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“A place you must visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the oldest manor houses in the country.
We visited on our way through to York as it was an English Heritage property.
I must admit we were surprised when we saw where it was situated,we expected it to be more in the countryside but it was surrounded by houses in the middle of Gainsborough.
Parking was a bit difficult,i chose to park in one of the side roads but you could park in one of the pay and display car parks.
The building is very traditional,made of brick and timber with white plaster and it was amazing to look at.
Once inside,we collected a digital interactive guide which explains every room of the house and its history,it was a very informative hand piece and easy to use.
There was a school party when we were there and they were all in traditional dress alongside tour guides who were also dressed up.
Each room was set up as it would have been years ago which gave us an insight to what life must have been like to live at the hall.
You could take as many pictures as you liked and did not feel like you had to hurry to look around.The staff were very friendly and helpful and only too happy to help if needed.
There are toilets and also a cafe for refreshments as well as a gift shop.
If you enjoy history you will love to visit this lovely manor house and i would highly recommend it.

Visited January 2013
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