Family Attractions: Alford Manor House
| Bolingbroke Castle
| Crowland Abbey
| Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
| Lincoln Castle
| Lincoln Cathedral
| Market Rasen Racecourse
| Moulton Windmill
| Tattershall Castle
| Waltham Windmill
Historic Houses & Gardens: Belton House | Burghley House | Doddington Hall | Easton Walled Gardens | Ellys Manor House | Goltho Gardens | Grimsthorpe Castle | Gunby Hall Gardens
The original timbered building, dating from 1540, was encased in red brick in the early 18th-c. Part of the estate is hosts to the Museum of Rural Life, covering mainly the Victorian period. In addition to farming history, exhibits cover a number traditional occupations from the period including a boot and shoemaker's shop, a chemist's shop and a school room. A tranquil waterside walk leads through the Manor's gardens.
Opening times: February
to Mid December - Admission
Location: West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT
Tel: 01507 463073
The ruins of a 13th-c Norman castle with extensive earthworks, built around 1220 by Ranulf de Blundeville the Earl of Lincoln and Chester. Noted as the birthplace of Henry IV (1367). A series of display panels, situated around the grounds, provide detailed information on the castle's history, usage and construction.
Opening times: any
reasonable time during daylight hours - Free
Location: Moat Ln, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby PE23 4HH - Managed by Heritage Lincolnshire.
The Abbey was founded in 716, on the site of St Guthlac's cell. However the oldest parts of the present building only date from the 13th-c. The ruined west front (shown here on the right) contains a number of impressive medieval statues, rivaling those in Westminster Abbey and Wells Cathedral. It is believed that Hereward the Wake was buried here along with his mother and his wife.
For more information see our Crowland town page.
Location: 46 East St,
Crowland, Peterborough PE6 0EN (in the Diocese
Tel: 01733 211763
Located on a 1940s bomber airfield, the museum exhibits include an AVRO Lancaster Bomber, Barnes Wallis original bouncing bomb, original control tower, war time blast shelter, air raid shelter, military vehicles and much more.
Opening times: Mon
to Sat, 9.30 to 5pm - Admission
Location: East Kirkby, Spilsby PE23 4DE
Tel: 01790 763207
The Normans built the original castle in 1068, incorporating some of the old Roman defences. It has often been attacked and featured prominently in King John's struggle with the barons. It was stormed for the last time during the Civil War (in 1644), when the occupying Royalists surrendered to the Roundheads. Most of the internal buildings are of later construction, including a 19th-c Victorian prison and chapel. However the medieval curtain walls and the original motte and bailey (of which there are actually two) are still standing. A walk around the caste walls is a definite 'must do'. The castle museum is home to one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta and there is an exhibition interpreting and displaying this important document.
Opening times: all
year, daily from 10am - Admission
Location: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
Tel: 01522 554559
Originating in 1072, almost a century before the Battle of Hastings, it is one of the earliest Norman churches in Britain. Much of the present church dates from rebuilding after an earthquake in 1185 and was completed in 1280. The cathedral is now the third largest in Britain, after St Paul's and York Minster. It has one of the most spectacular western facades, framed by twin towers, which one of the cathedral's great glories, said to have been designed to symbolise the gateway to heaven. The original cathedral had a timber roof, but this was destroyed by fire in 1141 and rebuilt in stone. The central tower at the eastern end of the nave has a five ton bell called Great Tom of Lincoln.
Visitor opening: Sept
to August, daily - Admission
See website for details of church services.
Location: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX
A picturesque equestrian jockey club racecourse set in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds countryside. Racing and steeple chase fixtures throughout the season. Licensed bar, restaurant and food stands.
Location: Legsby Road,
Market Rasen LN8 3EA
Tel: 01673 843434
Visit Britain's Tallest Windmill, originally built for Robert King in 1822 in a fine pale yellow brick. It stands some 100ft tall with nine internal floors. The Grade 1 mill was in daily use until it closed in 1995. It was fully restored to wind power in 1998 and is now open to the public. Guided tours, tearooms and a gift shop.
This 110ft high (33 metre) brick tower, is virtually all that is left of a combined stronghold and stately home, built in the 15th-c by Ralph Cromwell - Lord Treasurer to Henry VI. At four storey's high, with 20ft thick walls almost right up to the top of its castellated turrets, it provides one of the finest examples of medieval brickwork in the country. A climb of its 149 stepped spiral staircase is rewarded with spectacular views across the Lincolnshire countryside. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: February
to November, daily from 11am (weekends only in November) Admission
Location: Sleaford Rd, Tattershall LN4 4LR
Tel: 01526 342543
One of the few remaining complete working windmills in North Lincolnshire. This iconic brick and tarred tower mill has been fully renovated and is an ideal day out for visitors to the Lincolnshire Wolds. The current windmill dates from 1880 and is built on the site of a number of previous post style mills, dating back as far as 1666.
Visitors to the on-site museum can discover how the windmill played its part in people's everyday lives, with information boards, visual displays and an audio visual presentation. Other on-site attractions include craft shops, a herb centre, miniature railway and a railway carriage cafe, serving hot and cold refreshments.
Opening times: Easter to Sept, weekends only, from 10am to 4pm
Small charge for Mill entry and Railway rides. Museum free
Location: Waltham village, off the B1203 Brigsley Road, DN37 0JZ -
Tel: 01472 825620 - Website
Facilities: free parking, cafe, children's play area and picnic area.
Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.