A magnificent example of Restoration country house architecture. Built in 1688, it was the home of the Brownlow family for nearly 300 years. Not to be missed is the 1000 acres of glorious parkland that surround this classical masterpiece. Managed by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar
to Nov: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.30 - Admission
Location: Belton House, Belton, Grantham NG32 2LS
Tel: 01476 566116
A resplendent 16th-c Elizabethan palace, built by William Cecil, one of the most influential advisors in Elizabeth I's reign. The house stands on a slight rise, which shows off its magnificent facade, domed towers and mullioned windows, all built from local Barnack stone. A tour of the interior is thoroughly recommended, with richly furnished rooms hung with Old Masters and tapestries and some of the Nation's most magnificent painted ceilings, including the infamous "Hell Staircase". The grounds include pleasure gardens and extensive Capability Brown landscaped parkland, which extend right up to the streets of Stamford. Burghley's famous Horse Trials attract thousands of visitors in September.
Opening times: March to October,
daily from 11am (house closed Fridays) - Admission Charge
Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY
Tel: 01780 752451
Six acres of wild and formal walled gardens, where sheltered box-edged parterres filled with flowers in midsummer are bathed in the scent of roses. The grounds include a herb garden a circular turf maze and a nature trail. Good all season colour. The four acres of wild gardens are noted for their magnificent displays of spring bulbs and rhododendrons.
A twelve acre plot of national importance set in a delightful river valley. The gardens were restored from recent dereliction and contain lawned terraces, a rose garden and mature trees. The kitchen garden (shown here) supplies the tearooms.
Opening times: Wed,
Thur, Fri, Sun & BH Mon, from 11am - Admission
Location: Easton Ln, Grantham NG33 5AP
Tel: 01476 530063
A fascinating building with rare late medieval wall paintings. Of 15/16th-c origin, it was built by Anthony Ellys, a rich Tudor wool merchant, who also constructed the village church tower.
An inspirational family-run garden. Packed with many unusual and rare plants, chosen for their form and foliage. Good seasonal colour. The nut walk is delightful in spring, the peony and rose gardens give lush summer shades and the gravel garden and prairie border provide spectacular late-summer colour.
to mid December
Address: Lincoln Rd, Goltho, Market Rasen LN8 5NF
Tel: 01673 857768
Image Credit: © Goltho Gardens
Originally a medieval castle, it was transformed into a stone Tudor house in 1540. The north front was added in 1722 by Sir John Vanbrugh. Set in extensive landscaped parkland and formal gardens.
Opening times: Apr
to Sep: Sun & Thurs from 11am - Admission
Location: Grimsthorpe Estate Office, Bourne PE10 0LY
Tel: 01778 591205
Formal Victorian walled garden around a splendid 18th-c. country manor house. Highlights include colourful herbaceous borders, traditional roses,a herb garden, kitchen garden and a fruit orchard. Many fine mature trees. The surrounding 1,406 acres of parkland and grounds include 15 farms.
Location: Gunby, Lincolnshire PE23 5SS
Tel: 07870 758876 - Owned by National Trust
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Rupert Truman
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.