Horncastle

Be captivated by the beauty of this thriving market town in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, nestled between the River Bain and River Waring.

This quintessentially English market town is brimming with a great selection of antique shops, galleries, award winning coffee houses and restaurants and cosy traditional pubs. There are also a growing number of artisan shops offering unique clothing and gifts.

With over 20 different outlets specialising in antiques and bygones, such as furniture, porcelain, jewellery and books, it really is the antique hub of Lincolnshire.

Originating from Roman times, and claimed in the Doomsday Book of 1086 to be owned by King William, Horncastle is steeped in heritage and history. With its cobbled streets, thatched houses and 18th and 19th century architecture the town is a gem to explore.

A must visit is the Church of St Mary's near the market place. Some of the original structure dates back to circa 1250 and all the evidence points to there being an earlier Saxon Minster on the site, and quite possibly, a Roman church before that. The Church also has strong connections with the Lincolnshire rebellion of 1532 against the policies of King Henry VIII and the English Civil War.

Take time to see the remains of the Roman wall in the library, or follow in the footsteps of the famous Botanist explorer, Sir Joseph Banks, at the Joseph Banks Centre. Also find out what Horncastle has to do with the 'long drop'!

The town also welcomes visitors to its weekly markets on Thursdays and Saturdays and monthly Farmers Markets, held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

The Tourist Information centre is based at the Joseph Banks Centre.

Please note it is early closing in the town on a Wednesday.