Visit Gainsborough, with its wealth of heritage and things to do! The town offers a great range of days out for all ages!

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, a ‘Must See’ for history lovers. Explore this historic market town through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre , The Old Nick Police Museum and the Gainsborough Model Railway.

You can also discover arts and culture at Trinity Arts Centre , with its fantastic programme of films and charming live performances.

When you visit Gainsborough, make sure to take a walk down the riverside to see the Pilgrim Woman. She stands at the waters edge as a symbol of Gainsborough’s connection to the Mayflower story. You can also explore the rich history of the town by following our heritage trail!

Gainsborough is the ideal base to explore Lincolnshire

Explore further and head to the historic city of Lincoln with it’s fantastic Castle and Cathedral and famous ‘Steep Hill’. The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is also just under an hours drive away with plenty of walking routes, fun activities and days out. The Lincolnshire Coast also offers a great day out for all the family!

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The Riverside Walk

Gainsborough was once one of the country’s biggest inland ports. Take a gentle stroll along the Riverside Walk, connecting the Trent Bridge to the Town Centre and see the bronze statue of The Pilgrim Woman.

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Gainsborough Riverside Walk
owlet wood

Owlet Wood

Owlet’s varied landscape is popular with visitors who enjoy walking and relaxing in natural surroundings. Its all-ability path means that it’s very accessible; the route being suitable for wheelchair-users and buggies.

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Scotton Common

Known for its carpets of lilac heather and impressive butterflies and moths, this nature reserve is well worth a visit between April and August.

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Tuetoes Woods, Laughton Forest

Enjoy the tranquility of the woodland, home to flapping herons and elusive nightjars. Most of Laughton Forest privately owned. However, Tuetoes is owned by the Forestry Commission and people are welcome to explore. Find the car park using What3Words ///demoted.exporters.lined.

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Mill Wood, Morton

A small piece of woodland surrounded by arable land and developed areas. One local oddity is the old wind powered steam laundry that still stands next to the wood.

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Willingham Woods, Market Rasen

Willingham Woods

Willingham Woods on the eastern edge of Market Rasen, is the perfect setting for walking and cycling. Many of the circular routes from Market Rasen use the National cycle Route 1 as a base.

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