Lincolnshire Attractions

Lincolnshire offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the region offering visitors a number of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a scenic coastline, museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Lincolnshire’s location in the East Midlands means the tranquil English countryside, the great outdoors and coastline are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Lincolnshire, these include:

Lincoln Castle dates back to the 11th century and is built on the site of the original Roman Fort of Lindum. The huge curtain wall that dates from the 12th century is flanked by two mottes, two gates, and a large round tower Cobb Hall. On one motte is the square 14th century Observatory Tower, while the other motte has a 12th century keep. A Georgian building in the bailey has one of the original Magna Carta documents sealed by King John. The castle has a number of interesting attractions for visitors these include a gift shop and heraldry centre, the magna carta exhibition, a new Victorian prison experience, wall walks, and café & refreshments among others. It is also popular to have picnics in the beautiful grounds allowing you to relax in majestic surroundings.

Tattershall Castle is a fortified and moated red brick tower that dates back to the 15th century. Built for built for Ralph Cromwell, Lord Treasurer of England, the building was restored by Lord Curzon from 1911 to 1914. The castle has six floors to explore and contains four great chambers with huge Gothic fireplaces, tapestries and brick vaulting. There are some awe inspiring views across the fens from the battlements and a guardhouse with museum room. The castle is now under the custodianship of the National Trust. A vast fortified and moated red-brick tower, built in medieval times for Ralph Cromwell, Lord Treasurer of England. The castle is located in Tattershall in Lincolnshire, visitors can find out more on their visit using one of the audio guides available and explore the grounds that give a real sense of history.

Lincoln Cathedral was built in medieval times and incorporates Romanesque architecture. The size of Lincoln Cathedral ensures it dominates the landscape of Lincoln and can be seen from around 20 miles in all directions. The exterior of the cathedral is magnificent, viewed by some as art in stone. There has been much praise about the exterior design, with its details and richness. The cathedral was substantially rebuilt following a fire in 1186. The central tower goes up to over 270 feet, it provides a great sight. In the south east porch is the 'Judgement Portal', that has relief carvings of Christ presiding over the Last Day, whilst in the choir is the 'crazy vault' made up of intertwining ribs crisscrossing the bay. Visitors can see the wonderful carving in the stone and the wood here at this majestic cathedral.

Burgley House is among the best known attractions here and is regarded as the largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan Age. The house was mainly designed by and built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer of England, from 1565 and 1587, the house remains a family home to his family at present.

There are Eighteen State Rooms many of which were decorated by Antonio Verrio back in the 17th century. The rooms house a very large collection of great works of art, these include what is viewed as among the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings, the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics, some fine rare examples of European porcelain. There are also four State Beds, these represent fine examples of English and European furniture and tapestries and textiles.

Located in the beautiful grounds of the Temple Gardens, Usher Art Gallery houses a wonderful collection of fine and decorative arts. James Ward Usher was an avid collector of decorative art. After he died, the great collection of artworks where given to the city of Lincoln. The Usher Gallery is housed in a classically inspired building that opened in 1927. The permanent collection is supplemented further by loans and exchanges with other museums and other private collections. There is an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions this ensures it appeals to a diversity of interests and tastes among visitors. Visitors to the gallery can stroll through the Temple Gardens or enjoy a picnic there and can also relax in the cafe.

A great family day out can be enjoyed at the Rand Farm Park. It is a genuine working farm for children of all ages to experience and enjoy. The farm has a large variety of animals for visitors to feed, touch and cuddle. There is an indoor heated play areas ensure the fun and frolics are not compromised if the weather takes a turn for the worse. There is a large tearoom, where visitors can enjoy a lovely refreshing cup of tea and enjoy something to eat after the excitement of the days activities.

Pleasure Island Family Theme Park is located in Cleethorpes offering plenty of fun filled family entertainment including white knuckle rides with a number of rollercoaster’s and adrenaline filled rides providing plenty of thrills and excitement. In addition there are family rides and rides for children. There are a number of family shows including the bird and sea lion shows and events including fireworks displays, offering a fun packed day for the whole family.

Freshney Place is a shopping centre located in Grimsby town centre. There are a range of both well known high street stores including department stores House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer along with smaller independent retailers with a choice of over 70 stores. There are a number of cafes and eateries on site where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat along with hot and cold drinks. The shopping centre is conveniently located in the town centre with parking and transport facilities.

There is also an interactive information centre that gives more information about the farm and further information on the animals that reside in the farm. The large out door adventure playground is a fun place to be and you can jump aboard one of the many tractor and trailer rides. The farm gives the chance for the whole family to enjoy a great day out and learn more about farms and the animals.

The Theatre Royal is a theatre located in Clasketgate, Lincoln. The theatre hosts a wide array of performing arts these include opera, comedy, ballet, drama, pantomime and others. With such a wide choice for theatre fans to choose from, you are likely to find something that is of interest whatever your theatrical taste may be. There are also suites available for hire that are ideal for special occasions such as parties, anniversaries etc.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Lincolnshire; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Lincolnshire is a county that has plenty to offer visitors with a mix of urban centres, rural charm, English countryside and scenic coastline to enjoy. There is the historic cathedral city of Lincoln and its range of attractions along with a number of charming market towns and villages ensuring visitors can enjoy both the urban and rural when visiting the county. The county includes a choice of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks, gardens and cathedrals with family attractions such as the Pleasure Island Family Theme Park. Lincolnshire’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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