About the Old Hall
Welcome to Gainsborough Old Hall – one of the most impressive and best preserved medieval manor houses in England.
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 ghost corridor
- an original brick built tower
Gainsborough Old Hall was not only the home of the Burgh family but also a demonstration of their wealth and importance. By 1596, however, the Burghs had fallen on hard times and the house was sold to the Hickman family. Although a number of "home improvements " have been made over the years it remains a “textbook of medieval architecture” (Simon Jenkins “England’s Thousand Best Homes”).
Famous visitors to the Old Hall inlcude Richard III, Henry VIII, John Wesley and the Mayflower Pilgrim.
Gainsborough Old Hall was given to the nation in 1970 by descendants of the Hickman family.
March to October 2019
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat and Sun: 11-am – 5pm
November to February 2020
Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm
Sat and Sun 11am – 4pm
N.B. Please check our opening times here as opening times do vary.