Things to see and do at Monksthorpe Chapel

Trees and graves in the grounds of Monksthorpe Chapel

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 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 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 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

Stay a while

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.

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.

Walk to Monksthorpe

Why not park at nearby Gunby Hall and Gardens and walk to Monksthorpe Chapel? Take the 6 mile walk and enjoy lots to see on the way. Refuel in the tea-room at Gunby on your return.