Lincolnshire is a county with a strong agricultural industry, its many large farms providing large crops of wheat, barley, and oilseed rape. In Southern Lincolnshire, some of the most common crops include potatoes, cabbages, and cauliflowers.
Places of interest include Burghley House, Lincoln Cathedral, Tattershall Castle, Doddington Hall and Fantasy Island. Historical buildings are at a premium in Lincolnshire, as well as lovely country walks and various wildlife parks. The county’s main town is around two hours from London by train.
Towns in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire is an agricultural county and has a strong farming history that stretches back decades. There are many places worth visiting, including the following towns.
Lincoln is a cathedral city and has been in existence since Roman times when it was developed by the Romans from an Iron Age settlement into a colony under the name Lindum Colonia.
Lincoln is a picturesque city and has many fine attractions including the Cathedral, the Medieval Bishop’s Palace and the High Bridge Glory Hole. Other attractions include the North Ings Farm Museum and the art museum known as “The Collection”.
This old market town is the birthplace of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and has been the scene of some important historical events such as having the first female Police Officers in the UK in 1914, as well as running the first ever working diesel engine in 1892 and the UK’s first tractor in 1896.
Landmarks in this historic old town include the Victorian Gothic Guildhall, the Red House, and the Angel and Royal Hotel, one of England’s oldest hotels and once owned and operated as a hostel by the Knights Templar.
This small port town has been a bustling center of trade since it first established itself in the 13th century BC. It also has a strong association with sport and has football, rugby, swimming, rowing, speedway, and sailing clubs. Points of interest here include Hussey Tower, which is the remains of a medieval brick fortified house, the Pilgrim sailing brig, and the Guildhall Museum.
Shopping here is plentiful with great traditional English restaurants serving the typically English fish and chips and other favorites.
Parks and Gardens
With such a wide range of parks and gardens including formal, Elizabethan, Victorian and romantic, there is something for every lover of gardens and green spaces in Lincolnshire.
Easton Walled Gardens
These gardens, in particular, are a real labor of love for the current owner, who is a noted environmentalist. The walled gardens here boast a massive range of plants including hellebores, aquilegia, snowdrops, epimediums and much more. There is a range of gardens here including The Velvet Border, the White Space Garden, the Long Border and the Rose Meadows, all of which are lovingly nurtured into dazzling displays of texture and color.
Perhaps the most impressive though is the woodland garden, dominated by a huge Black walnut tree and a Horse Chestnut. Visit the site here: Easton Walled Gardens
Walk around the lovingly planted and well tended six acres of serene, romantic gardens at Doddington Hall. With beautiful bow edge parterres, richly planted borders and a stunning wild garden including a nature trail into the countryside, the gardens themselves are a dreamlike experience.
The lovely preserved stone walls from the Elizabethan era contain the formal East and West Gardens, which are a real treat for any lover of the period. Visit the website: Doddington Hall
The beautifully manicured gardens surrounding Grimsthorpe Castle were originally designed and built for a royal visit by King Henry VIII so no detail was spared and no stone was left untouched.
There is a lovely formal lawn with lavish topiary squares beyond containing small ornamental pools, while at the outside of the grounds, the garden becomes a wild woodland garden, filled to bursting with spring flowers.
Attractions and Places to See
Lincolnshire has a wealth of places to visit, with cathedrals, castles, and monuments galore, not forgetting the scenic countryside it is so famous for.
Burghley House is the greatest Elizabethan house in England and was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. The main part of the House has 35 large rooms on the ground and first floors.
With a rich history, sumptuously decorated lounges and service rooms and simply beautiful grounds, Burghley House is a treat for all the family. View the website: Burghley House
Founded in 1139, Thornton Abbey is famous for its enormous and ornate fortified gatehouse which is the largest and amongst the finest in England and Europe. Located in North Lincolnshire, a day spent here will include discovering and finding out about the turbulent lives of its former residents as well as trying to find and photograph the local wildlife.
The site is also close the St. Peter’s Church which has exhibits of its own to show. View the website: Thornton Abbey
St Wulfram’s Church – Grantham
Over a thousand years old, St Wulfram’s was once a larger church before a lightning strike in 1222 AD caused a fire that ruined much of the original structure.
The modern-day church has wonderful windows with all kinds of tracery on display, a beautiful spire as well as an ornate library which itself is over 300 years old. Visit the website: St Wulfram’s Church
Things to Do
Lincolnshire is a very interesting county, with days out to many interesting parks, gardens, buildings and historical sites.
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Based in Cleethorpes, Pleasure Island has a plethora of rides for all ages and levels of bravery, family shows including a bird show, sea lion show and Professor Tinkaboo’s Magic factory for the kids as well as the Furry Friends Farm petting and feeding zoo where kids and adults can interact with and feed farm animals as well as get a fun ride on a fully working tractor.
Visit the site here: Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Woolsthorpe Manor, in Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth is the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, the genius scientist who discovered gravity. It was purchased by the National Trust in 1943 and has been open to the public ever since, in its original, unspoiled form.
See where Newton slept, worked and ate and find out about typical aspects of the great man’s daily life. Visit the website here: Woolsthorpe Manor
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life
The Museum of Lincolnshire life celebrates the history and diversity of the people of Lincolnshire, from their hard-working, agricultural heritage to the rich array of famous and historical people that were born here.
Based in Lincoln city center, the museum costs nothing for admission. Visitors can also walk a short distance from the museum and visit the beautiful Ellis Windmill, situated directly behind the museum. View the website here: Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Afternoon Tea Ideas in Lincolnshire
Historically speaking, Lincolnites (people from Lincolnshire), enjoy their afternoon tea after a long day of work, which in olden days would typically start in the field at around 5 am.
Bells Tea and Coffee House – Lincoln
Located on the award-winning Steep Hill in Lincoln, in the historic Cathedral quarter, Bells Tea and Coffee House is a celebration of tradition and antiquity, with its cozy, warm tea room decorated with white brick and old black walnut and oak beams that have been in place since it was built.
On the menu is a typically English offering, with tea, coffee, finger sandwiches, cakes and of course scones with cream and jam. View their website here: Bells Tea and Coffee House
The George of Stamford
This ancient hotel is located on the Great North Road, a scene of adventure from across nearly all the ages, with highwaymen lying in wait for Phoenician traders carrying expensive wares along its length. Afternoon tea at this historic old building can be taken inside in the tea room, or outside in the courtyard, weather permitting.
On the menu is a fine selection of delicate sandwiches, rich blends of English tea including tea master Twinings as well as scones with clotted cream and jam and a wonderful array of sweet pastries and cakes. View their website here: The George of Stamford
Stoke Rochford Hall
Relax and let the friendly, attentive staff take care of your every need in this beautiful old grade 1 listed country manor. Stoke Rochford Hall rests in 28 acres of well manicured and tended parkland and is a special, sophisticated treat for lovers of afternoon tea.
The ambiance is wonderfully contemporary, allowing for real enjoyment of a fine English menu, including finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, and scones as well as tea, coffee, and champagne. Visit the website: Stoke Rochford Hall
Wedding Venues in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire has some beautiful country houses, gorgeous hotels and very elegant venues in which to hold your special day.
Designed and built in 1786 by the renowned architect Teulon, this old lady of the country has a beautiful wide driveway, relaxing woodland and gardens and is a really beautiful example of fine English tradition.
An elegant, Grade II listed mansion, weddings at Skendleby Hall tend to be intimate and private affairs, however, the friendly and welcoming staff here will see to it that the day goes without a hitch. View the website here: Skendleby Hall
The very image of English propriety, this historic house is sure to delight, with its magnificent gardens, splendid interiors, and grand furnishings. Walcott Hall can hold small ceremonies in the main house, but also boasts a large marquee which can cater for up to two hundred. The hall also offers services such as a florist, photographer and wedding coordinator, allowing for all arrangements to be made on site. Visit the website here: Walcott Hall
Campsites / Caravans:
Lincolnshire has many interesting historical sites and beautiful lakes for campers and caravan enthusiasts to en
Caravan Club Sites
• Skegness Sands, Winthorpe Avenue, Skegness
• Wagtail Country Park, Cliff Lane, Marston, Grantham
• Lyndale, Sutton Road, Huttoft, Alford
• Stargazers Park, Sandholme House, Sandholme Lane, Frampton, Boston
• East View Caravan Park, Trunch Lane, Chapel St. Leonards, Skegness
• Laurel Park, Hungate, Gedney Broadgate, Spalding