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“Amazing Late Medieval Hall”

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 October 27, 2012

If you are at all interested in medieval history or more generally in how people lived in the past you will be completely geeking out at Gainsborough Old Hall. The Hall is quite easy to find and is an easy day trip drive from Lincoln. It is very well presented; every room with both the appropriate period and reproduction furnishings. We're not generally ones to make use of audio guides, but the Old Hall offers a pretty good one with audio and video clips which are truly informative and well done. The hall itself is quite extensive with both brick and timber frame construction, the rooms ranging from late medieval to Victorian. Don't miss the really impressive medieval kitchen and the lovely brick tower (the view from the top of the tower is interesting, particularly for the startlingly disjunctive experience of gazing out over the roof of a 15th century hall to the multiple cooling towers of the nuclear power plant in the distance). We absolutely loved the Old Hall. It's definitely worth the trip.

Thank John K
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We found this Hall a surprise, especially as it is located in a town without much character. Or at least, that was our expectation!
Gainsborough in Lincolnshire is, understandably, overshadowed by Lincoln, yet it was here that we discovered this gem of a building. It is run by Lincolnshire County on behalf of English Heritage and I would urge all visitors to the area to visit.it. The staff were very helpful and the portable audio guides very good indeed. Spend some time: we're sure that, for you, it will repay the investment.
Also, look around Gainsborough, it is very surprising and not at all what we expected.

Thank brian_sellers
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Lovely visit- especially if you go when the lady who does costume tours is working(voluntarily)- she has also written well researched books on the history of the people who lived in this amazingly well preserved house.

Thank Lynn D
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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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