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“Lovely surprise”

Gainsborough Old Hall
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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.
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We've been meaning to take a wonder to Gainsborough Old Hall for a while and finally set off yesterday. What a lovely surprise! Far nicer and interesting than we first thought.
The building is great, as you're free to wonder around at your leisure to explore and take in the history of the Hall.

When we were there, there were some people in medievil costumes with displys and stands of things like armories and medicines, from that period - very intersting and insightful.

The staff are lovely and helpful, and there's a charming little cafe area inside, which is perfect for a tea and bun.

The history of the building is well worth exploring and the views from the rooftop is beautiful.

A little hidden gem in Gainsborough, that we'll be going back to.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We have taken a few of our visitors here as we live locally and everyone has enjoyed it.
The kitchen is very well preserved, a real insight into the past.
Well worth a visit.

1  Thank SMD1966
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

A lovely place to get local history for a local town; well worth a trip. Great for kids also, plenty to look at. Its taken of really well to which is nice but as most of it is still the original building, some of the ceilings and walls are slanted and bowed but it all adds character the building itself. It needs to be kept as it is to keep the character and the history. Going again next year and i only live around the corner :)

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

This turned out to be a far larger historical building than I expected.Easy to park about two streets away in a cul-de-sac.Excellent welcome from the reception desk.£6 basic entry includes a very good interactive audio televisual guide,concessions £4 and reductions for children.A great hall leads to servery,kitchens with manual medieval food guides and replicas of typical animal,fruit and bread and the tv guide gives history and typical visual scenes.Then through the pantry and upstairs to the stewards and clerk`s rooms before the solar room.Through the doors to the ghost corridor and bedroom following the staircase to the tower roof.When back down go through to the state rooms and tudor dining rooms finishing with a tudor dining room.Methodists will like the links to John Wesley.About one and half hours needed ,if using the full library of interactive links.A good cafe downstairs and be sure to have a look at the herb garden to the side.A highly educational facility given it`s links to Richard 111 and Henry 8th.Some shoolchildren at reception said they had visited with their school and had now brought their parents back to have a look.

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Gainsborough Old Hall is a fab place to visit. It is really interesting and most especially for me - child friendly. Entrance fee includes cost of a little bit of technology which gives you a guided tour around the Hall. We opted for the family version which involved a ghost narrating the tour. It was great!! Loved the building, the stories and the little surprises revealed along the way. Gift shop and staff are good too.

Thank Julie6468
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