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A medieval market town with riverside strolls

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Red brick 18th century buildings form the charming historic appeal of this Lincolnshire town that was once visited by Henry VIII.

North west of Lincoln, the town is renowned as England's most inland port and is situated on the banks of the River Trent, historically serving as a vital trading route downstream with Hull just across the county's border.

The river also marks the border between another county, that of Nottinghamshire. The fact it is literally visible across the water makes its close proximity an appeal when staying in Gainsborough, offering multiple options to keep you busy and entertained during your stay.

The history of the town gives it a huge cultural appeal. Henry VIII's arrival with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, in 1541 along with thousands of soldiers is a story of legendary proportion in Gainsborough, whilst the thriving industry in the Middle Ages and during the Civil War is also part of the town's prosperous past.

Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the many ancient buildings that has retained its characteristics; the medieval manor house dates back over 500 years, with guided tours and fascinating history at every turn.

With a long line of royalty having dined within the walls of the property, it makes for an informative and highly interesting destination to head to on your trip to the area.

"Red brick 18th century buildings form the charming historic appeal."

The former Britannia Iron Works now houses an array of shops and restaurants, and has been renamed as Marshall's Yard in honour of the Marshall family who previously owned the building in its industrial stages. The complex is popular with both tourists and those who live locally, and offers a good selection of stores to visit.

If you've got a large appetite, be sure to head for The Ferry House where roast dinners, pavlova and homemade chips are served by the bucket load, and service is frequently praised for being fantastic.

Alternatively, for a relaxing stop off after a morning of exploration in the town, Reeds Coffee Shop is perfect for sitting by the river and watching the world go by. Enjoy a delicious lunch or a warming hot chocolate and gaze out to truly appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Lincoln is within easy reach of Gainsborough, making it perfect for a day out to discover the city's huge selection of shops and restaurants. In the other direction you can cross the border into Nottinghamshire or head north to Yorkshire.

While you’re there

Gainsborough Old Hall

A historical site packed with factual information about royal visitors across the years.

Marshall's Yard

Once an iron works, the complex is now home to multiple shops and restaurants.

Blyton Park Race Track

Get in the driver's seat and put the pedal to the metal around the track.

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