Alford Manor House

Alford Manor houseThe 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. Tea Rooms.

Opening times: February to Mid December - Admission Charge
Location: West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT
Tel: 01507 463073

Belton House

Belton HouseA 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, are the 1000 acres of glorious parkland that surround this classical masterpiece. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar to Nov: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.30 - Admission Charge*
Location: Belton House, Belton, Grantham NG32 2LS
Tel: 01476 566116

Boston Stump

Boston Stump Church TowerThis is the name given to the 272 foot high tower of St Botolph's Church in the costal town of Boston. The lofty lantern tower was once a beacon for Fenland travellers and navigators on The Wash.

Location: Church St, Boston PE21 6NW
Tel: 01205 354670

Burghley House

Burghley House

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

Crowland Abbey

Crowland AbbeyThe Abbey was founded in 716, on the site of St Guthlac's cell. The oldest parts of the present Abbey date from the 13th-c. Hereward the Wake is said to be buried here.

Location: 46 East St, Crowland, Peterborough PE6 0EN (in the Diocese of Lincoln)
Tel: 01733 211763

Easton Walled Gardens

The Kitchen Garden

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 Charge
Location: Easton Ln, Grantham NG33 5AP
Tel: 01476 530063

Great Ponton Manor House (Ellys Manor House)

Great Ponton Manor House

A fascinating building with rare late medieval wall paintings.

Location: Dallygate, Great Ponton, NG33 5DP
Tel: 01476 530023
Image Credit: Richard Croft (CC2)

Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe CastleOriginally 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 Charge
Location: Grimsthorpe Estate Office, Bourne PE10 0LY
Tel: 01778 591205

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle WallsThe 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 Charges Apply
Location: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
Tel: 01522 554559

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln CathedralOriginating 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 Charge
See website for details of church services.
Location: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

Tattershall Castle

Tattershall castleThis 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 Charge*
Location: Sleaford Rd, Tattershall LN4 4LR
Tel: 01526 342543

Waltham Windmill

Waltham Windmill

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.

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