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“Step back in time.”

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 20, 2012

I visited this place and loved it, just as much as those who I went with. There is plenty of parking within a very short distance, with some disabled spots virtually outside the building should you need them. From the outside the whole place just looks amazing - a blend of old Elizabethan brick and traditional white 'plaster' and black stained oaken beams. One of the first things you notice is the wonderful 'leaning' of some of the walls as they have moved and taken the strain over centuries of holding this place together. Once inside and having paid your fees, there is the option of a digital display come interactive guide, which is very informative and adds so much to your tour, without being overly long and full of facts and figures. For the younger visitor, this same unit can be used to guide the child round as through the eyes of a ghost - in this case a young servant girl who had died in medieval times. Our grand daughter found this very easy to listen to, and she learnt so much from it. This has to be one of the best buildings of its type in Britain, and probably the least well known. There are some stairs to climb, but I would say only one set need care, however, I did not attempt the climb up the 40-odd steps up onto the roof to enjoy the views, but the older folks in our group managed them fairly easily. The whole inside just oozes character, history and interest. During the year several re-enactment groups use the place to stunning effect, covering a good range of years. They all encourage hands on too, be it trying the games, the weaponry, some of the food, or dressing up. Henry VIII visited, and the Pilgrim Fathers used it too, so it appeals to all era's. You can make your tour or stay as long as you wish, there is no 'ushering' you around, and once you have had enough, there is a cafe and gift shop area to refresh yourself and complete your visit. All in all an excellent place, with extremely friendly staff. It really is a place you should visit and one I can honestly recommend.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We went here as part of our English Heritage membership as it was close to where we live and to be honest I have never heard of it. It is a fantastic building and has a bit of a wow factor when you see it, it is I believe one of the oldest Manor Houses in the country. It isn't that big inside but still fascinating to look round and see how the house functioned many years ago. They do weddings there and I can understand the appeal. They also have a nice little cafe if you need refreshments. Overall I really enjoyed the visit although it didn't take long so maybe visit as part of a day where you go elsewhere. You could go onto Lincoln for example and see the Castle or Cathedral.

Thank d_feeney13
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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.

1  Thank Rebecca_B_11
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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 :)

Thank dellie1983
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