Great Places to Visit: Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens

Some places look their best in Summer when the flowers bloom, some in Autumn when the leaves change and some in Winter, covered in frost.

For me, Gunby Estate is one of those rarest of places; somewhere that looks truly beautiful in all seasons.

Spring-time though is probably my personal favourite.  The carefully tended historical gardens start to feel heavy with the sense of possibility and the grounds turn freshly green and lush.

Tulips and bluebells abound across the estate and the trees start to heave with fresh growth, in stark contrast to the history of this lovely old manor house.


Maintained by the National Trust for 75-years this year, Gunby is found just a few short miles from Skegness, but it feels a lifetime from the arcades and fairground attractions. It was nearly lost to the nation in 1943 due to a battle with local Spilsby airfield but was saved when a last minute change of location meant it was no longer necessary to destroy for the war effort.

And thank goodness.  This beautifully preserved home, once the residence of the Massingberd Family, is a testament to the best residences of its time.

Looking over the grounds through the tastefully furnished rooms, you can imagine sitting by the fire or reading the first edition in the cosy library.

The home holds many works of art and some truly beautiful portraits.   You can visit many times, but still, find something new to enjoy every time.  We also enjoy the Orchard Gallery, which shows work at reasonable prices from local artists.

For walkers, there is an eight-mile circuit taking in woodland, gardens and local buildings around the estate.


Dogs are welcome, pushchairs cannot go in the house but babies can enjoy.  Wheelchair users may find some areas of the house difficult to access.

Over Easter, there is an exhibit of Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’.

Why Janey Loves It: There’s a second-hand bookshop with an honesty box containing so many treasures, and the gardeners sell the plants they’ve grown with such mastery.

Costs and further parking, location and activity information available HERE > 

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