Lincolnshire | Lincoln, Skegness & More

Lincolnshire is a rather forgotten county on the East Coast of England.

It’s not quite in East Anglia and not quite in the North either. It’s also not quite on any of the major routes out of London. And so it has been rather overlooked.

That’s a mistake because it contains many of the elements that have tourists flocking to its more famous neighbours: a fine cathedral city, beaches, rolling Wolds and a couple of lovely market towns.

Here then is a collection of some of the best places in the county (as well as the picture we’ve also added an extract of the village’s Wikipedia entry).

1. Lincoln

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Lincoln is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands of England. The non-metropolitan district of Lincoln had a 2012 population of 94,600.


2. Stamford

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Stamford is a town on the River Welland in Lincolnshire, England, 92 miles (148 km) north of London on the A1. The population at the 2011 census was 19,701.


3. Boston, Lincolnshire

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Boston is a port and market town in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of England, about 100 miles (160 km) north of London. It is the largest town of the wider Borough of Boston local government district.


4. Harlaxton Manor

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Harlaxton Manor, built in 1837, is a manor house located in Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, England. Its architecture, which combines elements of Jacobean and Elizabethan styles with symmetrical Baroque massing, renders the mansion unique among surviving Jacobethan manors.


5. Horncastle

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Horncastle is an English market town and civil parish in Lincolnshire, 17 miles (27 km) east of the county town of Lincoln. It had a population of 6,815, according to the 2011 Census.


6. Skegness

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Skegness ( skeg-NESS) is a seaside town and civil parish in Lincolnshire, England. On the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, the town is 43 miles (69 km) east of Lincoln and 22 miles (35 km) north-east of Boston.


7. Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

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The Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is a heritage attraction at Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, opened in 1991. The attraction is an Arts Council England Accredited Museum and holds a number of awards, including the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, the Sandford Award for Heritage Education and the VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque.


8. Gainsborough Old Hall

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Gainsborough Old Hall in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire is over five hundred years old and one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England.The hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh in 1460. The Burghs were rich, flamboyant and powerful people.


9. Louth

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Louth ( (listen)) is a rural market town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Louth is the principal town and centre for a large rural area of eastern Lincolnshire.


10. Sleaford

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Sleaford (historically known as New Sleaford) is a market town and civil parish in Lincolnshire, England. Since 1973, the parish boundaries have included Quarrington to the south-west, Holdingham to the north and Old Sleaford to the east – contiguous settlements and former civil parishes which, with New Sleaford, had formed an Urban District.


11. Market Rasen

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Market Rasen is a town and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The River Rase runs through it east to west, approximately 13 miles (21 km) north-east from Lincoln, 18 miles (29 km) east from Gainsborough and 16 miles (26 km) south-west from Grimsby.


12. Cleethorpes

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Cleethorpes is a seaside resort on the estuary of the Humber in North East Lincolnshire, England with a population of nearly 40,000 in 2011. It has been permanently occupied since the 6th century, with fishing as its original industry, then developing into a resort in the 19th century.


13. Spalding

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Spalding /ˈspɒldɪŋ / is a market town with a population of 28,722 at the 2011 census, on the River Welland in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. Little London is a hamlet directly south of Spalding on the B1172, whilst Pinchbeck, a village to the north, is part of the built-up area.


14. Caistor

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Caistor is a town and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. As its name implies, it was originally a Roman castrum or fortress.


15. Alford


Alford (pronounced OL-fərd) is a town in Lincolnshire, England, about 11 miles (18 km) north-west of the coastal resort of Skegness, at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The population was recorded as 3,459 in the 2011 Census.


16. Ayscoughfee Hall

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Ayscoughfee Hall is a grade I listed building and modest associated parkland in central Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, and is a landmark on the fen tour.


17. Gunby Hall

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Gunby Hall is a country house in Gunby, near Spilsby, in Lincolnshire, England, reached by a half mile long private drive. The Estate comprises the 42-room Gunby Hall, listed Grade I, a clocktower, listed Grade II* and a carriage house and stable block which are listed Grade II. In 1944 the trustees of the Gunby Hall Estate, Lady Montgomery-Massingberd, Major Norman Leith-Hay-Clarke and Field Marshal Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd, gave the house to the National Trust together with its contents and some 1,500 acres of land.Gunby Hall is currently leased from the National Trust with a requirement to open the Hall’s State Rooms and Gardens to the public.


18. Grimsthorpe Castle

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Grimsthorpe Castle is a country house in Lincolnshire, England 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Bourne on the A151. It lies within a 3,000 acre (12 km²) park of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodland landscaped by Capability Brown.


19. Lincolnshire Wolds


The Lincolnshire Wolds are a range of hills in the county of Lincolnshire, England which run roughly parallel with the North Sea coast, from the Humber Estuary in the north-west to the edge of the Lincolnshire Fens in the south-east. They are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the highest area of land in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent.


20. Burghley House

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Burghley House () is a grand sixteenth-century English country house near Stamford, Lincolnshire. It is a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house, built and still lived in by the Cecil family.