Market Rasen Area Guide
Charles Dickens once described Market Rasen as ‘the sleepiest town in England’. These days it is a bustling market town with a varied selection of friendly independent shops, regular markets and an abundance of places to eat and drink.
One of the Western Gateways to the Lincolnshire Wolds (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Market Rasen has an ideal location, standing on the River Rase, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, quiet roads and pleasant footpaths, yet is only 15 miles from the historic cathedral city of Lincoln.
The town once had an important tanning industry and became prosperous in Victorian times with the arrival of the railways, leading to the construction of many grand buildings around the town, many of which can still be seen today.
Situated on the edge of the town, is the wonderful Market Rasen Racecourse. This is a top national hunt course and attracts some of the best horses & jockeys in the country. It is well worth a visit whether you fancy a flutter or just want to experience the exciting atmosphere of a race day.
Other outdoor pursuits are also on hand, such as the local 18 hole golf course; numerous walking routes and sign-posted cycle paths, as well as woodland walks and well stocked fishing lakes.