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Things to do in Lincolnshire


Lincolnshire, situated on the East Coast, is England's fourth largest County, encompassing coastal resorts, fen lands, vales and wolds.

Lincolnshire holds a wealth of heritage sites, seaside resorts and unspoiled countryside in which to relax.

The Red Arrows RAF display team are based in the County and can be seen from time to time practising their adventurous displays in the sky above Lincolnshire.

The historic City of Lincoln has many historic attractions.

The triple towered Cathedral dominates the city and is surrounded by medieval buildings.

The Norman Castle (begun in 1068 by William the Conqueror), holds events in the summer.

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Walk along its walls for magnificent views of the City and surrounding countryside.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com. One of only four surviving originals of the Magna Carta, sealed by King John after his meeting with the Barons at Runnymede in 1215, is housed in the Victorian prison building of Lincoln Castle.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.The countryside surrounding the City of Lincoln is bounded by the towns of Gainsborough, Sleaford and Woodhall Spa, where Lincolnshire Tourism can be accessed. This is an area rich in history, with hidden hamlets and ancient woodlands. The Rivers Witham, Slea and Till ensure rich farmland and opportunities for good fishing within the area.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.In north Lincolnshire the rolling chalk of the Wolds meets the lush Ancholme Valley. Visit Barton Upon Humber, to see Europe's longest single span suspension bridge. Walkers can traverse the Viking Way, from the Humber Bridge to Lincoln. The market town of Epworth, is the birthplace of world Methodism - the Wesley family home, the Old Rectory, is now a museum. Brigg is home to one of England's great horse fairs, dating from the 13th century and held every year in August.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.The Fenland of Lincolnshire, the marshy land around The Wash, has been drained for centuries to create some of Britain's richest agricultural land. Visit the towns of Boston, Crowland and Spalding, to enjoy their unique atmosphere and the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside. Contact Fens Tourism in Spalding for waterways, walking and cycling guides to the Lincolnshire Fens.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.The Vales of south west Lincolnshire have several nature reserves noted for their wildlife and many rare plants. The area has plenty of historic attractions to entrance its visitors, such as Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley House. Lincolnshire Tourist Information Centres in Grantham and Stamford have brochures and information on the area.

The chalk uplands of the Lincolnshire Wolds are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and contain the only upland landscape between Kent and Yorkshire. A pleasant area of rolling hills, streams, deep valleys and beech woods. There are lots of circular walks and cycleways in the area. The village of Somersby, in the south of the area is the birthplace of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The landscape of distant views and wide horizons were inspiration for his poem "In Memoriam". Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com. Towns of interest in the Wolds include Alford, Louth, Market Rasen and Spilsby.

Lincolnshire's coastline extends from The Wash in the south to the Humber Estuary in the north. The family resorts of Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St. Leonards and Mablethorpe, are famous for clean, award-winning beaches, suitable for family fun.

Days out in Lincolnshire

  • Belton House
    Belton House is one of England's finest historic stately homes from the Restoration period It is built in the style of an old French mansion and is reached through the Lion Gates.
    Belton House
  • Burghley House
    Burghley house is the largest and grandest of the first Elizabethan Age. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer of England, between 1565 and 1587, the house is a family home for his descendants to this day.
    Burghley House
  • Church Farm Museum
    Take an unhurried stroll into a bygone era. Discover the tranquil and friendly atmosphere of this Lincolnshire Farm Museum.
    Church Farm Museum
  • Doddington Hall and Gardens
    Doddington Hall stands today exactly as it was built with its walled gardens, gatehouse and family church.
    Doddington Hall and Gardens
  • Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park
    The beautiful lakeside gardens at Elsham Hall were founded by Captain and Mrs Elwes in 1970 to encourage a wider understanding of natural history, the arts and rural crafts and provide an enjoyable and educational day out for all the family.
  • Epworth Old Rectory
    Samuel Wesley, the Rector of Epworth, built the house in 1709 after fire had destroyed the earlier building from which his son, John was rescued as a 'brand plucked from the burning'.
    Epworth Old Rectory
  • Grimsthorpe Castle
    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.
    Grimsthorpe Castle
  • Gunby Hall
    Described by Tennyson as a haunt of ancient peace, Gunby Hall is in one of the most remote corners of England, at the tip of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
    Gunby Hall
  • Lincoln Castle
    In 1068, two years after the battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle on a site occupied since Roman times.
    Lincoln Castle
  • Museum of Lincolnshire Life
    The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is the largest and most exciting Social History Museum in the County. It occupies a listed barracks, built in 1857 for the Royal North Lincoln Militia.
    Museum of Lincolnshire Life
  • Normanby Hall Country Park
    Nestling in the heart of North Lincolnshire's tranquil countryside Normanby Hall Country Park is the ideal day out for all the family.
    Normanby Hall Country Park
  • Tattershall Castle
    For those who like to explore a property at their own pace, Tattershall Castle is ideal as all visitors receive an audio guide to help them explore this unique building.
    Tattershall Castle
  • Usher Gallery
    The Usher Gallery was founded in 1927 following the bequest to the City of Lincoln of an outstanding collection of decorative art.
    Usher Gallery
  • Woolsthorpe Manor
    The simple Lincolnshire farmhouse of Woolsthorpe Manor has one of the most famous apple trees in history within its walled garden.
    Woolsthorpe Manor

Places to Visit in Lincolnshire

  • Alford
    Alford is a pleasant market town situated on the eastern edge of the Wolds. A mixture of Georgian and Victorian buildings faces Alford's marketplaces.
  • Algarkirk
    Algarkirk is a small parish in the south eastern part of rural Lincolnshire. The parish has a population of about 400 which is scattered throughout its 2,600 acre boundary.
  • Appleby
    The idyllic village of Appleby in Lincolnshire stands on the historic Roman road of Ermine Street, about 3 miles northeast of Scunthorpe.
  • Bardney
    Bardney is a village some 9 miles east of Lincoln halfway between there and Hornacastle. It stands on the River Witham and is surrounded by farmland and woods.
  • Barton-upon-Humber
    The historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, once a thriving port, it is now an attractive red brick town with many fine houses. Here you can see Europe's longest single span suspension bridge proudly spanning the Humber Estuary.
  • Billinghay
    Billinghay is a Lincolnshire village approximately four miles from Tattershall Castle. It lies along the Billinghay Skirth (Drain). The Parish Council Office is a fine thatched cottage beside a working ironmonger's.
  • Bonby
    The rural village of Bonby nestles on the scarp of the Lincolnshire Wold and commands magnificent views across the Ancholme Valley as well as the River Humber. It is one of several idyllic villages known collectively as the Low Villages.
  • Boston
    Boston - a port sited on the banks of the River Witham, whose medieval prosperity once challenged London. Boston has some fine historic buildings.
  • Bourne
    The ancient market town of Bourne is situated on the north edge of the Fens. Traditional ties with Saxon hero Hereward the Wake who took refuge here.
  • Brigg
    Brigg, a bustling market town that is home to many specialist retailers, tranquil riverside walks and extensive summer events programme which includes the colour and traditions of Brigg Horse Fair, one of England's great horse fairs.
  • Burgh le Marsh
    Burgh le Marsh is a small town 5 miles from Skegness, but is affectionately regarded by its residents as "The Village". Burgh le Marsh was granted town status by King Henry IV's royal charter in 1401.
    Burgh le Marsh
  • Chapel St. Leonard's
    Chapel St. Leonard's - charming seaside village resort boasting some of the finest beaches on the East Coast. Many attractions, including crazy golf, children's play areas, pubs, and venues offering family entertainment.
    Chapel St. Leonard's
  • Cleethorpes
    Cleethorpes is a long-established family resort, famous for its miles of clean, golden sands, beautiful parks and restful gardens. One of the few remaining English piers totally refurbished, with disco, bars and restaurant.
  • Coningsby
    Coningsby - home to a busy RAF base, as well as the historic aircraft of the Memorial Flight.
  • Crowland
    Crowland lies on the southern border of Lincolnshire and is famous for medieval Crowland Abbey and the curious triangular bridge.
  • Deeping St. James
    Deeping St. James - a picturesque village lying next to Market Deeping, along the banks of the River Welland. The village grew up around a Benedictine Priory and stones from the ruined Priory have been used in several 17th century buildings.
    Deeping St. James
  • Epworth
    Take the Epworth, Wesley Trail - and discover how this pretty North Lincolnshire town became the birthplace of world Methodism.
  • Friskney
    Friskney, one of the largest villages in the UK yet with a very small but very friendly population, probably gained most of its fame from the Farmer and His Friends riske calendar raising funds for the Tsunami appeal in 2005.
  • Gainsborough
    Gainsborough is a developing market town and Britain's most inland port. The splendid parish church of All Saints, is Lincolnshire's only example of a grand Georgian classical city church.
  • Grantham
    Grantham - Fascinating red brick and stone old town, with a high steepled parish church. Once an important staging post on the Great North Road.
  • Grasby
    Grasby is an award winning village on the edge of the wolds surrounded by fantastic country side. It is an ideal spot to go walking as the Viking way passes right through the heart of the village.
  • Grimsby
    Grimsby is surrounded by beautiful countryside with easy access to miles of sandy beaches; Grimsby has excellent shopping and leisure facilities to suit all age groups.
  • Horncastle
    A country market town of great charm. Horncastle was originally the roman town of Banovallum; remains of the Roman wall can be seen in the local library.
  • Immingham
    Immingham situated on the south bank of the River Humber has had a rich and varied history since 2ad, once famous for its pasture and grazing lands, today it is famous for its deep water dock the deepest in Europe.
  • Ingoldmells
    Ingoldmells - is an outstanding resort combining the best in of tradition with the most modern facilities. It was the excellent sunshine record, that encouraged Billy Butlin to open his first holiday centre at Ingoldmells, just north of Skegness in 1936.
  • Kirkby on Bain
    Kirkby on Bain is a small Lincolnshire village with alot to offer. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, open fields on one side, ancient virgin forest on the other. The river Bain runs through the village, offering a pleasant stroll
    Kirkby on Bain
  • Kirton in Lindsey
    Kirton sits on the scarp slope of the Lincoln Edge and on the spring line between limestone and underlying clays. The old springs can still be found, though they are now in private gardens.
    Kirton in Lindsey
  • Lincoln
    Lincoln is steeped in history, and brimming with life. Look back over 2,000 years of history and discover the city's Roman, Norman, Medieval, Tudor and Georgian heritage.
  • Long Bennington
    Long Bennington is a small picturesque village which is only a short drive to both Newark and Grantham town. There is a river running through the village called the River Witham which on a clear day is delightful to stroll along, where you
    Long Bennington
  • Louth
    Louth nestles on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, and is justifiably called 'capital of the Wolds'.
  • Mablethorpe
    Mablethorpe is a small coastal town in Lincolnshire, midway between Skegness and Cleethorpes.
  • Market Deeping
    Market Deeping - an ancient town with a triangular market place, featuring fine stone buildings and former coaching inns, nestling beside the River Welland.
    Market Deeping
  • Market Rasen
    Market Rasen is a traditional small market town, with a few Georgian buildings, but mainly Victorian, the most impressive being the centenary chapel with its stone columns and brick fašade.
    Market Rasen
  • Navenby
    Navenby is an ancient village with a rich history from pre-Roman times. The village lies alongside Ermine Street, the great Roman road linking York with London via the neighbouring city of Lincoln 10 miles to the north.
  • Nettleton
    Nettleton, a picturesque little village with ancient history, nestles at the base of the famous Lincolnshire Wolds where Vikings once proudly marched across the land.
  • Newtoft
    Newtoft is like an undiscovered gem in Lincolnshire and that is part of its charm. It is not a town or a village it is an Estate of ex - married quarters from the old RAF base, which is slowly becoming a village.
  • Nocton
    Nocton is an attractive village of traditional stone dwellings with natural clay pantile roofing, set among mature trees and hedging.
  • North Elkington
    North Elkington is a Hamlet on top of the Lincolnshire Wolds above the well known market town of Louth (with its famous Spire and Georgian architecture).
  • Saxilby
    Saxilby is a picturesque village in West Lincolnshire close to the Nottinghamshire border. Saxilby has good road and rail links and is close to Lincoln.
  • Scunthorpe
    Scunthorpe is a true garden town that evolved from five small villages with the development of the steel industry. You can take a steam rail tour around British Steel's Scunthorpe works
  • Skegness
    Skegness - Lincolnshire's premier resort, with an award winning six mile long beach and many superb attractions. Two fun fairs, gardens, golf courses, theatres, ballrooms, swimming pools and bowling greens.
  • Sleaford
    Sleaford is a pleasant market town with many fine buildings. Take the riverside walk to Cogglesford Watermill, a pretty historic mill on the banks of the river Slea, producing stone ground flour on special working days.
  • South Kelsey
    South Kelsey is a small Lincolnshire village bisected by the B1205 East/West, it lies within the triangle of the market towns of Caistor 5.5 miles, Brigg 8 miles and 9 miles north of Market Rasen which has its own famous race course.
  • South Kyme
    South Kyme, an attractive Lincolnshire fenland village, lies about 10 miles north-northeast of the market town of Sleaford on the B1395 that runs north from the A17 towards the A153 at North Kyme.
    South Kyme
  • Spalding
    Spalding is a peaceful market town and centre of the flower industry. Characterised by grand Georgian terraces and buildings beside the River Welland, which runs through the centre of the town.
  • Spilsby
    Spilsby is a pleasant market town, on the southern edge of the Wolds.
  • Stamford
    Stamford "the finest scene between London and Edinburgh" (Sir Walter Scott). The town still retains its medieval street pattern making an attractive mix of narrow passageways and cobbled streets opening into more spacious squares.
  • Sutton on Sea
    The tranquil village of Sutton-on-Sea is on the Lincolnshire coast. It is known for its award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach, well kept seafront gardens and traditional family attractions.
    Sutton on Sea
  • Tattershall
    Tattershall is situated on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an attractive village dominated by its castle.
  • Wainfleet
    Wainfleet - A former port which now lies 4 miles from the sea. Wainfleet is said to stand on the site of the old Roman town of 'Vainono'.
  • West Deeping
    West Deeping is a charming village mostly of stone cottages. The Church of St. Andrew - 13th and 14th century.
    West Deeping
  • West Keal
    West Keal is a village of transition. A place where the undulations of the Lincolnshire wolds meet the long flat lands of the fens.
    West Keal
  • Wigtoft
    Wigtoft is a small village neighbouring Sutterton, Kirton, Donington and Swineshead in Lincolnshire. A small village with history dating back to the Viking settlements, Wigtoft is a friendly and welcoming place.
  • Willoughton
    Willoughton is a small rural village set in a picturesque area of Lincolnshire. It can be found close to Kirton in Lindsey and is 13 miles North of Lincoln. It is only a short drive from Gainsborough and Scunthorpe.
  • Winteringham
    Winteringham is a village of approximately 350 houses which stands on the south bank of the River Humber about 8 miles from Barton-upon-Humber and the Humber Bridge.
  • Woodhall Spa
    Woodhall Spa, an Edwardian Spa town, which still has space and elegance, with its wide tree-lined avenues.
    Woodhall Spa
  • Woolsthorpe
    Woolsthorpe - the birthplace of Isaac Newton. Woolsthorpe manor is a 17th Century Farmhouse and was the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton.

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