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Visit Thornton Abbey

1. Thornton Abbey

The enormous and ornate fortified gatehouse of Thornton Abbey is the largest and among the finest of all English monastic gatehouses. An early example of brick building in England, it proclaimed the wool trade-based prosperity of one of the...

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Visit St Peter’s Church

2. St Peter’s Church

With a history spanning over a millennium, St Peter's Church is among the most important historic buildings in England. It combines a remarkably complete Anglo-Saxon tower and rare baptistry, dating mainly from c. 970, with a tall and impressive...

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Visit Far Ings National Nature Reserve

3. Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Far Ings National Nature Reserve is an ideal destination for watching wildlife. The open water, reedbeds and meadows of the reserve are a legacy for the tile and cement industry, which once flourished on the south Humber bank. Thanks to pioneering...

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Visit Wilderspin National School

4. Wilderspin National School

Wilderspin National School situated in the heart of Barton's conservation area, is one of the most important schools surviving in England. Built in 1844, this Grade II* Listed Building is unique because of its association with the educational...

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Visit Alkborough Flats

5. Alkborough Flats

In a superb natural setting, where the rivers Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber is an exciting project, which helps prevent thousands of homes from flooding. The site is a superb natural setting for lovers of wildlife. By breaching the...

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Visit Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitor Centre

6. Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitor Centre

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre is one of the ‘greenest’ buildings in the UK. Set in an 86-acre park, the stunning curved glass building sits on the waterfront adjacent to the Humber Bridge. Interactive displays and games illustrate the wildlife...

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Visit The Ropewalk

7. The Ropewalk

Located in the Waterside area of Barton upon Humber this grade II listed 400 metre long building was once the centre of this region’s rope making industry. The factory closed in 1989 and ended a 200-year association with rope making which...

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Visit Normanby Hall Country Park

8. Normanby Hall Country Park

Normanby Hall Country Park is the jewel in North Lincolnshire’s crown. Award winning gardens, a stunning Regency Hall steeped in history, exceptional wildlife, exciting events or just a relaxing day out, Normanby Hall Country Park has something...

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Visit Alkborough Turf Maze (Julian's Bower)

9. Alkborough Turf Maze (Julian's Bower)

Alkborough turf maze, also known as Julian’s Bower, sits high on the Trent Ridge at in the charming village of Alkborough. Cut by Monks in the 12th Century, the site offers panoramic views across the confluence of the rivers Trent, Ouse and...

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Visit Humber Bridge

10. Humber Bridge

This spectacular bridge, until recently the longest single span suspension bridge in the world, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006. Don’t miss the exhilarating walk or cycle ride across the bridge (from Far Ings Road) with panoramic views...

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Visit Baysgarth House Museum

11. Baysgarth House Museum

Baysgarth is the former home of the Nelthorpe family. It is now a museum set within 30 acres of grounds. Run by CHAMP Trust Ltd (Charity No 1114978) the museum reflects the local relevance of the house. With exhibitions held throughout the...

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Visit Barton Civic Trails

12. Barton Civic Trails

Barton Civic Society has developed a series of self-guided trails around the town, passing magnificent churches and chapels, fine halls and merchants’ houses. Tracing the development of the local industries that shaped Barton – the manufacture...

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Visit Barton Ghost Walks

13. Barton Ghost Walks

As day becomes night and there’s a chill hanging in the winter air, dare you take the Ghost Walk? Walk the historic town of Barton; learn about the spooky goings-on from your guide. Meet the characters that form the myths and legends of Barton’s...

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Visit Ancholme Valley

14. Ancholme Valley

The Ancholme Valley is a favourite haunt of fishermen, birdwatchers and walkers. Riverside paths lead from the marina at South Ferriby to the market town of Brigg, following the lazy river, which is crossed by a series of charming pedestrian...

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Visit The Palm Farm

15. The Palm Farm

The Palm Farm was established in 1967 in the walled garden, orchard and paddocks of Thornton Hall. In the last forty years many specimens of exotic trees and shrubs have been planted for added interest and as an example of what can be grown....

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Visit Abbots Garden

16. Abbots Garden

Why not spend a summer afternoon picking seasonal and organic soft fruits from the fields surrounding Thornton Abbey? Famous for its strawberry fields, this idyllic location produces a range of fruits together with asparagus and new potatoes....

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