Spanning some 2200 sq miles, Lincolnshire is the second largest county in England. It has some of the most stunning countryside, with part of the fens and the wolds designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincolnshire Wolds
Lincolnshire Wolds © Travel About Britain

The south east coastal region contains many attractive seaside resorts, all boasting long sandy beaches. The land around the south-east is low-lying, flat Fen country, which is awash in spring with daffodils, tulips and other spring flowering bulbs. Back in the middle ages this area was called Holland, as it was similar in geography to its European name sake. Further north, is the gently undulating country of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Over the centuries the Fenland areas have been drained to reveal some of the richest arable land in the country. Lincolnshire produces more fresh produce than any other county in Britain, with food production and farming providing around a billion pounds annually to the local economy.

There are many important architectural places to visit such as Burghley House and Grimsthorpe Castle, plus its many restored windmills such as Waltham Windmill and Sibsey Trader Mill.

'A very paradise and a heaven for the beauty and delight thereof.'

William of Malmesbury (1080/1095), "The Fens"

County Town:

Lincoln - distance from London: 145 miles (233 km)

Nearby Counties:

Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire.

Train Operators:

East Coast

Nearest Airports:

East Midlands / Humberside

Major Roads:

A1, A15, A16

Highest point:

Normanby-le-Wold, 584 feet (178 m)


Ancholme, Bain, Brant, Glen, Trent, Welland, Witham, Steeping

Key Landmarks:

Wolds, Fens, Spring Bulb Fields, Boston Stump, Lincoln Cathedral.

County Flower:

Common Dog-violet

Local Delicacies:

Plum Bread - a fruity yeasted tea bread typically served with cheese.
Lincolnshire Sausage - pork, seasoned with cayenne and sea salt.

The Meaning of Lincolnshire

First recorded in 1016 as Lincolnescire. The Brittonic origin of the county town is Lindon, meaning a lake (Ilyn). The Romans later named the place colonia; meaning a colony or settlement for retired soldiers. The local English condensed the name Lindum colonia to make Lincoln.

Map of Lincolnshire


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