Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse

LOCATION

THORNTON, LINCOLNSHIRE

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This abbey, founded in 1139 for a community of Augustinian canons, was reconstructed from the 1260s onwards, as its prestige and riches grew. The remains of a beautiful octagonal chapter-house are notably fine. Most impressive is the 14th-century gatehouse, recognised as one of the grandest in England.

Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse
Thornton Abbey Road, Ulceby, THORNTON, DN39 6TU

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
Accessibility
  • Mostly accessible apart from gatehouse
  • Facilities: Braille guide & signs
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Abbey Grounds open Apr-Jun, Wed-Sun & BHs 10-5; Jul-Aug, daily 10-5; Sep-30 Oct, Sat-Sun 10-5; 31 Oct--Mar Sat-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About The area

Discover Lincolnshire

Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.

 

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