Market Rasen is a bustling market town standing on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and is famous for having the only racecourse in Lincolnshire.
The town is popular with walkers and there are great routes and trails just five minutes stroll from the town centre. You can also head out to Willingham Woods where there are numerous trails and paths for all ages and abilities.
Originally the market took place on Sundays but was moved to Tuesdays in the early 13th century. Over the years it has seen a wide assortment of goods bought and sold, such as cattle, arable crops, grain, coal, fertiliser and salt. It is still an integral part of the town with all sorts of bargains up for grabs including an auction that takes place every week – come along and join in the fun!
The High Street is home to over fifty independent shops and businesses – it really is a case of the butcher, the baker and perhaps even the candlestick ‘maker’. You will find traditional and long-standing family run shops including ironmongers, butchers, menswear confectionery, haberdashery, giftware and cards. The town boasts high-quality and award winning places to eat for all budgets.
Market Rasen has a rich heritage with many stories just waiting to be discovered; some of which can be found in the town's virtual tour. The takes you around the historically important landmarks in the town including the railway station which houses a heritage centre with display boards and audio stories. Be sure to call by the Old Police Station too where there are often art and history exhibitions in the Magistrates Courtroom.
Nearby the villages of Tealby, described as the most charming village, has the Kings Head pub, the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire; and Walesby, home of All Saints 'Ramblers' Church. This iconic medieval church stands in solitary dignity overlooking the village on the Viking Way. The view from the church is quite spectacular and inside is a beautiful stained glass window, depicting walkers and cyclists.