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Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

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North of Lincoln

North of Lincoln you'll find a wealth of lovely villages surrounded by countryside and the three market towns of Gainsborough, Caistor, and Market Rasen.

The countryside north of Lincoln has rich aviation heritage and is home to the famous ‘Red Arrows’, the RAF’s aerobatic team, who are based at RAF Scampton - where the famous Dambuster raid squadron were stationed. You can discover the area’s fascinating history in the West Lindsey Aviation Heritage Trail.

You’ll find a diverse landscape from historic market towns to the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from walking and cycling to spending the day shopping or sitting back and relaxing in the many eateries on offer.

GAINSBOROUGH

Just 30 minutes’ drive from Lincoln on the banks of the River Trent, lies the market town of Gainsborough; on the most westerly edge of Lincolnshire.

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a must-see for history hunters. The town’s history dates back to the late 18 th Century and is detailed through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre. You can also find arts and entertainment at Trinity Arts Centre, the town’s unique theatre and picture house, located in a Grade II listed church built in 1841-3.

Thriving markets are held in the town centre and, in the award winning shopping centre Marshall’s Yard, there is a regular Farmers’ Market.

Gainsborough Town Centre weekly markets: Tuesday and Saturday.
Marshall's Yard Farmers' Market: 2nd Saturday of each month

You can find out more about Gainsborough on the Discover Gainsborough website.

CAISTOR

A 40 minute drive from Lincoln and nestling on a hillside at the northern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. This lovely Roman market town is one of three Lincolnshire Wolds ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns and is also on the Viking Way. The town has 56 listed buildings in the centre, most dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods which would delight any architecture enthusiast.

Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday and is also the location of a renovated Methodist Chapel, now called Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, where the local library and heritage timeline sit alongside a cafe where lovely food, cake and drinks are served daily.

Weekly Town Centre market: Saturdays.

Nearby you can find the villages of Nettleton, with its Ironstone mining history, Claxby, with its vineyard and Grasby with its lovely All Saints church.

MARKET RASEN

A 30 minute drive from Lincoln standing on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds - a bustling market town with interesting independent shops for you to investigate.

Famous for having the only racecourse in Lincolnshire, it also has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status with great walks and trails around the town and surrounding area - including Willingham Woods.

Market Rasen has rich heritage and stories surrounding the town which is brought to life in a virtual tour. Nearby the villages of Tealby, described as the most charming village, has the Kings Head pub, the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire; and Walesby, home of All Saints 'Ramblers' Church. This iconic medieval church stands in solitary dignity overlooking the village on the Viking Way. The view from the church is quite spectacular and inside is a beautiful stained glass window, depicting walkers and cyclists.

Weekly Town Centre Markets: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Things To Do
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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses

A rescue centre which is home to more than 400 horses, ponies, and donkeys ready for you to meet.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Experience the heritage of Gainsborough with period displays of life in the 1940s and beyond.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall

One of the best preserved, timber-framed manor houses in the UK, dating to the 15th century and found in the centre of Gainsborough, north of Lincoln.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Knights in Battle

June 29; 2019 to June 30; 2019
11:00am to 4:30pm
Gainsborough Old Hall
Knights in Battle

Gainsborough Old Hall is brought to life in the War of the Roses period.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

July 13; 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Market Street
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

FREE

Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders at Gainsborough’s monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market taking place every second Saturday of the month on Market Street.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

August 10; 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Market Street
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

FREE

Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders at Gainsborough’s monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market taking place every second Saturday of the month on Market Street.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

An Audience with Henry VIII

August 17; 2019 to August 18; 2019
11:00am to 4:30pm
Gainsborough Old Hall
An Audience with Henry VIII

Meet King Henry VIII, a visitor to Gainsborough Old Hall, and learn about his life.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

September 14; 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Market Street
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

FREE

Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders at Gainsborough’s monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market taking place every second Saturday of the month on Market Street.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bransby Horses Autumn Fayre

September 29; 2019
11:00am to 4:00pm
Bransby Horses
Bransby Horses Autumn Fayre

FREE

A fun-filled day out for the whole family including riding demonstrations and parades, a dog show, retail stalls, and a BBQ with Pimms and Prosecco on offer.

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Places To Stay
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Barn Cottage

Barn Cottage

Relax, unwind and enjoy these old converted barn stables dating back two hundred years and sympathetically restored for a self-catering holiday to remember.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Black Swan Guest House

Black Swan Guest House

A beautifully restored former 18th Century Coaching Inn, high quality accommodation

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Brandy Wharf Leisure Park

Brandy Wharf Leisure Park

A family run touring caravan and camping site, next to the River Ancholme in the countryside north of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Brewhouse Brattleby

Brewhouse Brattleby

A stylish studio retreat set in the grounds of a Brattleby home, with historical links to the 'Dambuster Squadron' and daily displays by the Red Arrows team from nearby RAF Scampton.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Only half a mile from the Lincolnshire Showground, Bridleway B&B has a fantastic location; set beside an oak wood yet only five minutes to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Canal View Bed & Breakfast

Canal View Bed & Breakfast

Award-winning Bed and Breakfast situated in the picturesque village of Saxilby, close to historic Lincoln and Burton Waters.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Dairy Barn

Dairy Barn

Luxury, award-winning barn conversion found 8 miles north of Lincoln in the heart of the traditional idyllic village of Ingham.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Field View B&B

Field View B&B

A bed and breakfast accommodation designed and built to a high standard, with spacious rooms, quality furnishings and comfortable beds.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Glebe Farm Holiday Barns

Glebe Farm Holiday Barns

Two luxury, converted, four bedroom barns with their own private hot tub, log burners, under floor heating, and gardens each.

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