Gainsthorpe Medieval Village

Aerial view of Gainsthorpe medieval village
Ground level view of Gainsthorpe Deserted Medieval Village

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours

Address:

Gainsthorpe Road East and West, Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, DN21 4JH

Before You Go

A deserted medieval village, one of the best-preserved examples in England, clearly visible as a complex of grassy humps and bumps. According to legend, it was a den of thieves demolished by unhappy locals, but the real reason for its abandonment remains uncertain.

Read more about the history of Gainsthorpe.

Before You Go

Parking: A small corner of the farmer's field is set aside for free parking, although it isn't available when in use by the farmer - mainly during harvest time. The parking area is signposted.

How to Find it: The site is off Gainsthorpe Road East, just off the A15

Facilities: There are public toilets and places to eat and drink in nearby Kirton in Lindsey.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome. Be aware that cattle may be present on the site and access track.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Two fascinating historic sites are within a half hour's drive of Gainsthorpe. To the north, Thornton Abbey, with its enormous gatehouse, is well worth a visit. Heading south, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the biggest and best-preserved medieval manor houses in England. Explore its impressive interiors, take the multimedia tour and visit the café for refreshments.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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