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Touring Lincolnshire

Rolling countryside, watery fens, coastline, tucked away villages, historic houses and mills: Lincolnshire has attractions to suit everyone except the mountain climber.

Lincolnshire is the place to go if you are a lover of historic churches. There are many wonderful ones to visit in the county, and it is well worth taking the time to view some of them. We’ve put together a partial list with some photos for you to enjoy. Click Here.

Lincoln Cathedral view of Cathedral from the roof by Barbara Ballard You could start or end your church tour in the city of Lincoln. Lincoln cathedral sits high on the hillside while the other section of the city is at the bottom of the ‘Steep Hill’. The cathedral, considered to be England’s finest Gothic one, is an amalgamation of several that date from an early Norman one. The chancel is as long as the nave. The cloister and chapter house are open to view. Of particular note are the elaborately carved and decorated west front and towers.

Lincoln Cathedral view from rooftop by Barbara Ballard By the cathedral are the remains of an undercroft and tower of a former Bishop’s palace. Just down the street but still on the hilltop is Lincoln Castle, begun in 1068 by William the Conqueror. The twin moated castle had thick walls added in the 12th century. Be sure to see the original copy of the Magna Carta in the chantry. During the 18th and 19th centuries the castle served as a prison. This history is shown in the chapel pews shaped like coffins.

The Tourist Information Centre, across from the cathedral, has a Roman trail brochure where you can take in remains of the aqueduct, city walls, and site of the forum building. Steep Hill has many historic features including the 12th century Jews’ House. Lincoln’s historic guildhall and council chamber is sometimes open for guided tours. Antique centres, galleries, and pubs are other features of ‘Steep Hill’.

Auborn Hall Lincolnshire by Barbara Ballard Excursions from Lincoln include the nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life, a social history museum, and 16th century Auborn Hall. The Jacobean manor house has a carved staircase, panelled rooms, gardens, and lawns.

Doddington Hall is a late Elizabethan mansion (1600) sitting in a large park with walled rose gardens, a wild garden, and flowering borders. The interior has a collection of furniture, textiles, and porcelain. Normanby Hall Country Park is a Regency mansion with a farming museum, parkland, deer, and a working Victorian kitchen garden.

Gainsborough Old Hall Kitchen by Barbara Ballard Northwest of Lincoln is the town of Gainsborough and the fascinating Gainsborough Old Hall. It’s one of the best preserved late medieval manor houses in England. There are medieval rooms and kitchens, a great hall, a museum of archaeological finds, a taped guide and even a ghost. Also in the town is All Saints church with a rich coloured interior, medieval tower, massive columns, and galleries.

The town of Market Rasen offers almshouses, a church mill, and a street with listed buildings that include a corn exchange and 18th century cottages. The market town of Louth has town walks available from the TIC, a town museum, riverside walks, and a market hall. West of the town is the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the valleys of the rolling upland are small villages.

In Alford you can visit the Manor House Museum with its 17th century period rooms, the 14th century church of St Wilfrid, a 5-sailed windmill, and Victorian and Georgian shops. Burgh le Marsh has an unusual windmill in that it has left-handed sails and all original equipment.

Peacock at Tattershall castle courtesy UK Nature Pics Tattershall village has 17th century homes and moated Tattershall Castle, a remarkable surviving 15th century brick house. Built as a fortified tower c1440, it contains state apartments, gothic fireplaces, great chambers and tapestries. In the village is the church of Holy Trinity where Tom Thumb is buried.

Harrington Hall is a 17th century house with panelling, an interesting staircase, furniture, and a walled garden. Red brick Gunby Hall was built in 1700 and extended in 1870. On view on the ground floor are furniture and portraits. There is a walled garden to enjoy as well as a stable block, lawns and an exhibition.

Belton House Lincolnshire by Barbara Ballard Belton House is a beautifully designed late 17th century home. There are carvings, paintings, a chapel, and formal gardens. There is a wildlife reserve in the village. Fulbeck Hall belongs to the 18th century. Its furniture and paintings are of interest. The village church is 13th century and has a number of gargoyles.

The ancient market town of Sleaford offers a town trail, almshouses, a nearby water mill and the remains of Sleaford castle. Nearby Heckington has an 8-sailed windmill.

Boston is a large town in the northern fens. There are three historic walks. A guildhall museum contains the courtroom and cells where Pilgrims were imprisoned. St Botolph’s church is the largest parish church in England. Built in the 14th century, its tower is chopped off but still soars above the town. Also in the town centre is Fydell house, built in the 1720s and graced with elegant Georgian interiors, plasterwork and panelling. It is now used as a college. The Maud Foster windmill, built in 1819, is the tallest working windmill in England with its seven floors. North of the town is Sibsey Trader windmill, built in 1877. There are a number of other windmills in the county that can be visited.

The town of Grantham is also worth a visit. St Wulfram’s is a beautiful parish church, while the Angel and Royal Inn on High St dates from medieval times. King John, Richard III, Edward VI and other famous personages stayed here. Grantham House in the town centre was built in the 14th century but has been altered over succeeding years. There’s a town museum and an 1867 Guildhall Centre. Near the town is Woolsthorpe Manor, a 17th century farmhouse and birthplace of Isaac Newton.

The market town of Bourne boasts a town hall built in 1821, the old Burghley Arms Inn, an abbey church and a former mill now a Heritage Centre.

Grimsthorpe Castle, dating from the 13th century, sits in a 3000-acre landscape park with lakes, woods, and trails. There are state rooms and picture galleries, tapestries, and furniture. Collections include fabrics and thrones. Harlaxton Manor is a neo-Elizabethan house with a grand turreted exterior. The gardens are a restoration of the classical European style on seven levels. There’s a walled garden, conservatory, and nature trail.

The Deepings are a group of three towns: Market, St James and West Deeping. Mills, manors, coaching inns and churches are part of the scenery.

Croyland Abbey Lincolnshire by Barbara Ballard Croyland Abbey Lincolnshire Norman arch by Barbara Ballard In the village of Crowland is Croyland abbey, founded in 716 by Ethelbald to commemorate St Guthlac. In the 10th century it came under the jurisdiction of the Benedictines. The abbey is mostly in ruins but part of the abbey church survived and is used as a parish church. It was dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, St Guthlac, and St Bartholomew. There are interior fonts and monuments and an exhibition on the abbey. The Norman arch is considered one of the glories of the abbey. One of four arches that supported the central tower, it has stood for 870 years.

Crowland Bridge by Barbara Ballard Of curious interest in the village is the triangular bridge on dry land. Dating from 1360-90, Trinity bridge’s three arches sit at the junction of North, South, East and West streets. This marshy area of the fens once consisted of isolated islands, so it may have served a purpose at the time as the streets were waterways. Here the river Welland divided into two distinct streams, one leading to the abbey and the other heading to Spalding. The bridge once had a large cross and station for pilgrim devotions. It is not known who the statue on the bridge represents.

Ayscoughfee Hall Spalding Lincolnshire by Barbara Ballard Spalding is the center of a tulip and rose industry and celebrates with spring bulb festivals. There is an attractive waterfront, and the town center is a conservation area. The church is medieval. There are two museums. Pinchbeck Engine and Land Drainage illustrates the story of keeping water off the land, while Ayscoughfee Hall details local history.

Stamford St John Baptist Church angels by Barbara Ballard Don’t miss the Georgian limestone town of Stamford, an official conservation area and one of Britain’s finest stone towns. There are 500 buildings of architectural and historic interest. It was here that the TV show ‘Middlemarch’ was filmed.

Stamford All Saints Church by Barbara Ballard Churches are a big feature of the town, with five dating from medieval times. All Saints, St John’s with its angel roof, St Martin’s with its monuments, St George’s, and St Mary’s with its spire dominating the skyline. In addition to churches there are plenty of antique shops and pubs. A town trail is available from the Tourist Information office.

Burghley House Lincolnshire by Barbara Ballard Just south-east of Stamford is Burghley House, one of the finest Elizabethan mansions in the country. It sits in a large deer park landscaped by ’Capability’ Brown. There is a sculpture garden with specimen trees. It has been home to the Cecil family for over 400 years. Completed in 1587, it was remodeled in the 17th century. Of special note is the large collection of Italian paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and 18th century furniture. Take note of the ceilings, state apartments, and kitchens. Don’t miss the Heaven and Hell rooms.

Lincolnshire Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul
Church Lane, Bourne
Web: Bourne Abbey Church

Alford Manor House and Museum Museum
West St, Alford
Tel. 0 1507 463 073
Web: Alford Manor House

All Saints Church
Church St, Holbeach, Lincolnshire
Tel. 0 1406 422 185
Web: All Saints Holbeach

All Saint’s Church
Red Lion Square, Stamford
Tel. none given on website
Web: All Saint’s Church

Aubourn Hall
Abourn, 7 miles south-west of city of Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 788 224

Ayscoughfee Hall/South Holland Museum and Gardens
Churchgate, Spalding
Tel. 0 1775 764 555
Web: Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

Baysgarth House Museum
Baysgarth Park, Caistor Road
Barton upon Humber, DN18 6AH
Tel. 0 1652 637 568

Belton House
Three miles north-east of Grantham
Tel. 0 1476 566 116

Bolingbroke Castle
Old Bolingbroke
Off A16
Tel. 0 1529 461 499

Boston Guildhall Museum
St Mary's Guildhall, South Street, Boston
Tel. 0 1205 358 737 (curator)

Bourne Heritage Centre
Baldock Mill, 21 South St, Bourne
Tel. 0 1778 422 775
Web: Bourne Civic Society

Bubble Car Museum
Clover Farm, Main Rd, Langrick, near Boston
Tel. 0 1205 280 037
Web: Bubble Car Museum

Burghley House
Stamford, on B1443
Tel. 0 1780 752 451
Web: Burghley House

Church of Holy Trinity
Tattershall (next to the castle just off A153), Lincolnshire
Tel. not given

Church of St Deny’s
East Gate, Sleaford
Tel. contacts on website

Cogglesford Water Mill
East Rd, Sleaford
Tel. 0 1529 413 671 (mill); 0 1529 309 409 (restaurant)

Croyland Abbey
Tel. 0 7761 549 865 to arrange tour

Doddington Hall and Gardens
Doddington, 5 miles west of Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 694 308
Web: Doddington Hall

Easton Walled Gardens
Easton, Grantham
Tel: 0 1476 530 063; Fax: 0 1476 530 063
Web: Easton Walled Gardens

Ellis Mill
Mill Rd and Upper Long Leys Rd (behind the museum)
Tel. 0 1522 528 448

Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park
Brigg, two miles from M180/A180
Tel. 0 1652 688 698
Web: Elsham Hall Gardens

Epworth Old Rectory
1 Rectory St, Epworth, N. Lincolnshire
Tel. 0 1427 872 268
Web: Epworth Old Rectory

Far Ings National Nature Reserve
South bank of Humber estuary, one mile west of Barton-upon-Humber
Tel. 0 1652 637 055

Fulbeck Hall
Rectory Lane, Grantham, on A607
Tel. 0 1400 272 205

Gainsborough Old Hall (EH)
Parnell St, Gainsborough
Tel. 0 1427 612 669
For photos and more information see our article Gainsborough Old Hall

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
between Skegness and the estuary of the River Steeping
Access points at Seacroft Esplanade at the southern end of Skegness and at two car parks on Gibraltar Road
Tel. 0 1754 898 057 for Wash Study Centre; 0 1507 526 667 for Lincolnshire Trust
Web: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Grantham Museum
St Peter’s Hill, Grantham
Tel. 0 1476 568 783

Grimsthorpe Castle, Park and Gardens
Four miles north-west of Bourne
Tel. 0 1778 591 205
For photos and more information see our article Grimsthorpe Castle, Park and Gardens
Web: Grimsthorpe Castle

Gunby Hall
Gunby, by Spilsby, A158
Tel. 0 7870 758 876

Harlaxton Manor
South-east of Harlaxton, 4 miles from Grantham
Tel. 0 1476 403 000

Heckington Windmill
Heckington, Sleaford
Tel. 0 1529 461 919

Lincoln Bishop’s Palace (EH)
Lincoln, by Lincoln Cathedral
Tel. 0 1522 527 468

Lincoln Castle
Castle Hill, Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 511 068

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln, on the hilltop
Tel. 0 1522 544 544
For photos and more information see our article Lincoln Cathedral
Web: Lincoln Cathedral

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Burton Rd, Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 528 448

Normanby Hall Museum and Country Park
Four miles from Scunthorpe
Tel. 0 1724 720 588
For photos and more details see our garden feature at NormanbyHall Country Park and Gardens
Web: Normanby Hall Country Park

Sibsey Trader Windmill (EH)
½ mile west of Sibsey near Boston
Tel. 0 1205 750 036

Sleaford Castle
Tel. NA

Stamford Museum
Broad St, Stamford
Tel. 0 1780 766 317

St Andrew’s Church Sempringham
Northern edge of Pointon villageham
Tel. NA
See our article at [iurl=,%20Lincolnshire]The Lost Graves of Sempringham

St George’s Church
28 St George’s Square, Stamford
Tel. 0 1780 481 800 (church office on St Mary St)
Web: St George’s Church

St John Church
St John’s St, Stamford
Tel. 0 203 348 2619 (voice mail)
Web: St John’s Church

St Leonard’s Priory
Priory Rd, Stamford
Tel. NA

St Martin’s Church
High St, Stamford
Tel. no website

St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Hill, Stamford
Tel. N/A

St Mary’s Parish Church
Between Burgate and Soutergate streets, Barton-upon-Humber
Tel. 0 1652 632 202
Web: St Mary’s Barton upon Humber

St. Michael’s Church
High St, Coningsby, off A153, Lincolnshire
Tel. NA

St Peter’s Church Exhibition
Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire
Tel. 0 1652 635 932

Tattershall Castle (NT)
Tattershall, on the A153
Tel. 0 1526 342 543

Thornton Abbey (EH)
18 miles north-east Scunthorpe; north of A160

Woolsthorpe Manor
23 Newton Way, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Grantham
Tel. 0 1476 860 338

Tourist Information Centres

Manor House Museum, West St, Alford
Tel. 0 1507 462 143

Market Place, Boston
Tel. 0 1205 356 656

The Buttercross
Market Place
Tel. 01652 657053

42/43 Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Tel. 0 1472 323 112

Tourism Development Unit, 26 Spital Terrace, Gainsborough
Tel. 0 1427 676 666, Ext. 636

Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peters Hill, Grantham
Tel. 0 1476 406 166

14 Bull Ring, Horncastle
Tel. 0 1507 526 636

Lincoln Castle
9 Castle Hill, Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 873 213

Lincoln Cornhill
21 the Cornhill, Lincoln
Tel. 0 1522 873 256

New Market Hall off Cornmarket, Louth
Tel. 0 1507 609 289

The Dunes Family Entertainment Centre, Mablethorpe
Tel. 0 1507 474 939

Scunthorpe Central Library
Carlton St, Scunthorpe
Tel. 0 1724 297 354

The Kiosk, Tower Gardens, Grand Parade
Tel. 0 1754 899 887

Moneys Yard, Carre St
Tel. 0 1529 414 294

Ayscoughfee Hall, Churchgate, Spalding
Tel. 0 1775 725 468

27 St Marys St, Stamford Arts Centre
Tel. 0 1780 755 611

Woodhall Spa
The Cottage Museum
Iddesleigh Rd.
Woodhall Spa
Tel. 0 1526 353 775

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Church of St Peter and St Paul
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Croyland Abbey
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