Plan your visit to Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens
To help you plan your visit to Ayscoughfee hall and gardens, this page gives details about:
- how to get to Ayscoughfee
- facilities at Ayscoughfee
- Ayscoughfee café
- arranging group visits to Ayscoughfee
- Ayscoughfee's history.
Entrance to the Hall and Gardens is free to all visitors.
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 Museum access guide.
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. The 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.
Ayscoughfee Hall is a few minutes walk from Spalding town centre. The address is: Ayscoughfee Hall, Churchgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2RA.
If you're travelling to Ayscoughfee by road, train, river or bus, please follow these helpful directions:
- By road - Ayscoughfee Hall is located on the B1173 in the heart of Spalding and a short drive from the A16 that links Peterborough to Boston. Follow the brown road signs to the Hall. For Sat Nav users, use postcode PE11 2RA.
- Parking - although we don't 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. See other car parks around Spalding.
- By coach or minibus - coaches and minibuses can drop off on the road in front of the hall, but will need to park elsewhere. The nearest coach parking is at Spalding bus station (PE11 1QB), which is 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.
- By river - catch the Spalding Water Taxi for a 30 minute river cruise that links Spalding Town Centre to Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens and stops a short walk (approximately 5 minutes) from Ayscoughfee Hall.
- By train - the nearest station is Spalding, with direct trains to/from Lincoln and Peterborough. The station is approximately ½ mile from the hall, about a 10 minute walk.
- By bus - you can travel direct to Spalding with buses to/from; Boston, Bourne, Kings Lynn, Market Deeping, Peterborough and Stamford. The bus station is approximately ½ mile from the hall, about a 10 minute walk.
Self guided group visits are free to all.
If your group would like a bit extra, we do also offer guided tours for groups. Group guided tours cost £2 per head during opening hours, or £5 per head out of hours.
We also offer guided tours of the hall, hosted by our expert Museum Manager, or explore the gardens with our Head Gardener, for £10 per head. Our Head Gardener and Museum Manager are also available for external talks at £5 per head.
Book a group visit to Ayscoughfee
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 can accommodate group visits, by prior arrangement.
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. View 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. View 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, visit our web page to see .
For more information about Spalding, please see our Leisure section.