Bring history to life for your pupils with a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall. As one of the best preserved Tudor manor houses in the country, pupils can step into the shoes of the people who lived and worked there. By taking part in our hands-on Discovery Visit they will prepare a feast fit for Henry VIII and experience life in a Tudor household.

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Gainsborough Old Hall will help you bring learning to life as well as cover multiple topics and key stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS2 History: A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • KS 3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
  • KS 3 History: A study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history


Free Self-Led Visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit to Gainsborough Old Hall and experience over 500 years of history. Explore the vast kitchen, where grand feasts would have been prepared and then admire the great hall with its ornate wooden ceiling, where they would have been enjoyed. Explore the rest of the Old Hall and discover how this incredible building has changed over time and been used in many different ways, ranging from a beer hall to a cinema!

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Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Immerse your students in the history of Gainsborough Old Hall during an expert-led Discovery Visit. At just £100 per group per session, it's a great way to delve deeper into Tudor life and experience Henry VIII's court. Pupils will take part in hands-on activities, try on costumes and learn more about the people who lived and worked here.

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There is no car or coach parking on site, please use the local car parks- charges apply. Coach drop off is on Gladstone Street, on the north perimeter of the Hall (10 minute stay with no return within an hour).
    • TOILETS: Toilets are open as usual and an accessibility lift is in place. Please bring your pupils in small groups at a time.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Available for Discovery Visit groups.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are some picnic benches and grassed areas to sit on. In the case of wet weather we will try to provide an indoor space, but this cannot be guaranteed.
    • SHOP: There is a small shop selling English Heritage gifts and souvenirs open for group leaders. You are able to order goody bags, which can be booked in advance paid for on the day.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: The toilet facilities are situated on the lower ground floor, these are accessed by a platform stair-lift; staff will be available to operate this for you. Much of the site has uneven surfaces. There are upper floors only accessed via steps and stairs.
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