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Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe Estate Office
PE10 0LY

Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516, when it was granted by Henry VIII to the 10th Baron Willoughby de Eresby on the occasion of his marriage to Maria de Salinas, kinswoman and lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon.The North Front is the last work of Sir John Vanbrugh. It was commissioned in 1715 by his friend Robert Bertie, the 16th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, to celebrate his enoblement as the first Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.

The collection of fine furniture associated with the Willoughby de Eresby's hereditary Office as Lord Great Chamberlains to the Palace of Westminster, including thrones and furnishings from the old House of Lords, can

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be seen in the suite of state rooms along with family portraits and those of the monarchs they served.

Gardens and Park

The formal flower and topiary garden leads imperceptibly into the woodland garden, and provides a fine setting for the ornamental vegetable garden and orchard, created in the 1960's by the Countess of Ancaster and Peter Coates. Intricate parterres marked with box hedges lie close to the Castle, and a dramatic herbaceous border frames views across the lake.Grimsthorpe Castle is the centrepiece in a 3,000 acre park of rolling pastures, landscaped lakes and historic woodland.

The medieval deer park and Tudor oak park are crossed by fine avenues of trees - haven for wild life. There are three species of wild deer - red, muntjac and fallow in the Park. Children can feed the tame red deer near the Coach House. There are up to 8 miles of way-marked family trails to explore, cycling is permitted.
New cycle hire shop. Hire cycles and explore miles of waymarked tracks and trails in the 3,000 acre park

General Information:

  • Woodland adventure playground

  • Teas in the Coach House

  • Stables Pantry Gift Shop

  • Nature trail and fact sheet

  • Ranger tours of the park in our minibus

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  • Directions

    Situated on the A151 between Colsterworth and Bourne, approximately 10 minutes drive east of the A1. The entrance to the Park for visitors is clearly signposted.

    Grimsthorpe Castle Postcode for SatNav: PE10 0LY


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