Gainsthorpe Medieval Village

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


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

Before You Go

Gainsthorpe is one of the best-preserved deserted medieval villages in England, with many of its houses, barns and streets 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.

Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present. 

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.