Things to see & do

Discover what's inside

Modest decorations and furniture are in keeping with the Baptist tradition 

Modest decorations and furniture are in keeping with the Baptist tradition

Built in 1701 to look like a barn there are no records of what the chapel was exactly like inside. The interior would have been plain and unfurnished. The present decor is typical of the 1840s when the chapel was refurbished.

Explore the graveyard

There is a small graveyard next to the chapel © National Trust

There is a small graveyard next to the chapel

There are many interesting graves in the small graveyard, including that of John Dowse who was minister for many years in the early 20th century and wrote the first history of the chapel.

Step into the outdoor baptistry

The baptistry is located outside in front of the chapel © National Trust

The baptistry is located outside in front of the chapel

The chapel has an outdoor baptistry - here believers were baptised by full immersion, the water taken from a nearby dyke.

Meet the Friends of Monksthorpe

There are regular services at Monksthorpe Chapel, organised by the 'Friends of Monksthorpe'. Join them for worship and fellowship. A warm welcome awaits!

Don't miss...

  • the harmonium that was used in the 1800s
  • a view from the balcony
  • the pigsty at the bottom of the graveyard
  • the outdoor baptistry
  • the tomb of Hugh Ayscough under the pulpit
  • the war memorial near the entrance
  • the small escape door high on the wall
  • the pot-bellied boiler to keep the congregation warm
  • Gunby Hall and Gardens nearby

Download the information sheet

Download the information sheet to learn more about what to look out for in and around Monksthorpe Chapel. From the outdoor baptistry to the harmonium, there are many interesting things to discover.

Stay on the Gunby Estate

Why not extend your stay and spend some time in one of the lovely holiday cottages on the Gunby Estate? You can choose from quaint Whitegates, romantic Orchard Cottage and the impressive Old Rectory.

Rain or shine?

Visit Gunby Hall and Gardens

A few minutes away by car is Gunby Hall and Gardens with its William and Mary House and eight-acre gardens. Enjoy three floors of the house, stroll through the gardens and finish off with some home-baked cake and tea in the tea-room.

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