Visiting Ayscoughfee

Entrance to the Hall and Gardens is free to all.

Please see below for more information to help you plan your visit to the Hall and Gardens.

Getting To Ayscoughfee

Facilities at Ayscoughfee

Ayscoughfee Café

Group Visits

 

A little more about Ayscoughfee:

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum is a Medieval hall dating back to 1451, an impressive Grade 1 listed building.  This fascinating building mirrors the changing tastes and times of its successive owners with architectural details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian periods.Click here for more information about the History of Ayscoughfee

The Hall sits within five acres of unique public gardens. Among the attractions of the beautiful grounds are a late eighteenth century ice house, fine yew hedges dating back to the 1720s, an ornamental lake and a war memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  Click here for more information about the Gardens 

The Hall mainly tells the story of Ayscoughfee. Other displays include the history of the Fens, local archeology, information about the people and places of South Holland.

We also have regular art exhibitions and events. Click here to see What's On

For more information about Spalding, please see www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure

 

 

Facilities at Ayscoughfee

Ayscoughfee Café

Ayscoughfee Hall Café is a family run business with a passion for food, which aims create a family friendly eatery using locally sourced homemade food.

Ayscoughfee Café can be found in the Garden Pavilion in the heart of the Gardens. They serve hot and cold food, tea, coffee and cold drinks, as well as ice hollies, ice cream and homemade cakes.

For more information, please see their website ayscoughfee-hall-cafe.business.site and Facebook page  www.facebook.com/ayscoughfeehallcafe

You can contact Ayscoughfee Café on 07342 678956 or ayscoughfeecafe@icloud.com

 

Toilets

We have toilets, including an accessible toilet within the Hall available during opening times. 

There are also toilets outside in the Gardens. These are located in the pavilion (next to the cafe), and include an accessible toilet that can be accessed with a RADAR key.

 

Access

Most of the Hall and Gardens are accessible if you have a disability or limited mobility. However, as an old Medieval hall, we do have some uneven floors a few steps to some areas, that may limit your access to the whole building.

We have a platform lift to access the rooms upstairs and we have room information available in different formats. 

For full details, including information about accessible parking, please see our Access Guide to the Museum

 

Getting to Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens:

The Hall is just minutes from Spalding Town Centre and our address is Ayscoughfee Hall, Churchgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2RA

 

By Road
Ayscoughfee Hall is located on the B1173 in the heart of Spalding and just a short drive from the A16 that links Peterborough to Boston. Follow the brown road signs to the Hall.
For Sat Nav users, our postcode is PE11 2RA

Parking
Although we do not have our own car park, there is free on street parking in front of the hall.  Some of the bays do have time limits, so please check when parking.

There are many public car parks within easy reach - The Vista ay and display car park being the closest:
The Vista pay and display, Spalding, PE11 2RA:  68 spaces +8 disabled - No maximum stay, 50p - 1 hour, 80p - 4 hours, £1.30 - all day

For more details of all car parks in Spalding please click here

Coaches and Minibuses
Coaches and Minibuses can drop off on the road in front of the hall, but will need to park elsewhere.
The nearest available coach parking being at Spalding bus station (Spalding PE11 1QB) The bus station is approximately ½ mile from the Hall, about a 10 minute walk.

Please note, there is a high kerb on the road in front of the hall, so people are advised to take extra care when alighting from coaches.

There is additional coach parking at Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens

 

By River
Catch the Spalding Water Taxi for a 30 minute river cruise that links Spalding Town Centre to Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens and stops a short walk (approximately 5 minutes) from Ayscoughfee Hall.
6th April - 29th September 2019
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00am - 5:00pm
£3.50 Single, £7 Return, £10 Family Single

 

By Train
The nearest station is Spalding, with direct trains to Lincoln and Peterborough.  The station is approximately ½ mile from the hall, about a 10 minute walk.

Please click here for a Station Map and onward Travel
 

 

By Bus
Spalding is linked to with direct buses to  Boston, Bourne, Kings Lynn, Market Deeping, Peterborough and Stamford
The Bus Station is approximately ½ mile from the hall, about a 10 minute walk.

Click here for to see a Spalding Town Bus Map
 

For more information about bus travel in Spalding and the rest of Lincolnshire, please see:

lincsbus.info, getbybus.com/en/bus-from-spalding & www.nationalrail.co.uk/posters/SPA.pdf

 

Coaches and Minibuses
Coaches and Minibuses can drop off on the road in front of the hall, but will need to park elsewhere.
The nearest available coach parking being at Spalding bus station (Spalding PE11 1QB) The bus station is approximately ½ mile from the hall, about a 10 minute walk.

Please note, there is a high kerb on the road in front of the hall, so people are advised to take extra care when alighting from coaches.

There is additional coach parking at Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens

 

Group Visits

Self guided group visits are free to all.

If your group would like a bit extra, we do also offer guided tours for groups. 
These cost £2 per head within opening hours or £5 per head out of hours.

If you would like a more in depth experience, we offer guided tours of the Hall with our expert Museum Manager and Gardens with our Head Gardener at £10 per head.

Our Head Gardener and Museum Manager are also available for external talks at £5 per head.

Booking a visit
We do ask that you let us know when you plan to visit.  This helps us make sure ensure we have the enough staff to accommodate your group and so that we can check there are no other events or bookings that might interrupt your groups enjoyment.

Ayscoughfee Café in the Gardens serves hot and cold food and drinks, and can accommodate group visits by prior arrangement.  For more information please contact them on 07342 678956 or ayscoughfeecafe@icloud.com www.facebook.com/ayscoughfeehallcafe or ayscoughfee-hall-cafe.business.site