Things to do in Lincolnshire

Our favourite things to do in Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire is a real county of contrasts. It’s home to the quaint city of Lincoln inland that's surrounded by some of the UK’s finest countryside.

Home to around one million people, the county occupies a large area in the east of England and has over 50 miles of coastline. A place to escape to for peace and serenity, Lincolnshire is also home to some household names of the beautiful British seaside. You’ll find an incredible variety of things to do here, each offering their own ingredient that gets even more out of a stay here. Read on and discover how Lincolnshire must be considered as one of England’s most underrated counties.

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral has stood on the same site in one shape or form since 1072. Construction continued throughout what’s known as the High Middle Ages, building in the Gothic style like many other medieval places of worship in England. There is a lot of historical debate about the height of the building, with many believing it was the tallest in the world by the time the central spire was added in 1311. The fourth largest of its kind in the country, it’s frequently referred to as a special piece of architecture that’s impressive even by the immense historical standards that England has in its locker.

Today, the cathedral stands proud over the town and is a centre for history, conservation and education. The interior is just as impressive as the outside, with spectacular vaults occupying the ceiling. If you want to do a few things in Lincoln, this is one of the best.

Cleethorpes Beach

Cleethorpes Beach

Located on the outskirts of Grimsby, Cleethorpes sits in a fantastic area on Lincolnshire’s coast. Straddled by the Greenwich meridian, the town actually experiences one of the lowest annual average rainfall counts of anywhere in Britain. You’ll step on gorgeous golden sand here, and the sight of the North Sea’s horizon won’t leave you in a hurry.

It’s definitely worth getting your camera out to capture some of the views, with Cleethorpes the perfect base for a wider foray along the Lincolnshire seaside. Less hassle than Skegness, Cleethorpes offers all the amenities of its iconic neighbour, with the pier hosting all the ingredients needed for a fantastic day out at the seaside. And stellar ingredients they are, especially if Papa's fish and chips at the front is anything to go by.

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

This magnificent heritage railway constantly crops in our favourite things to do conversations and is consistently voted as the top thing to do in northeast Lincolnshire. The line runs from Cleethorpes Kingsway station down to Humberston on a miniature line that was extended in 1972. The two-mile return journey takes you through beautiful surroundings close to the coast, touching the sea wall in places to give you a great view of the North Sea.

There are two fantastic ways to start and end your journey at Lakeside station. One is at the Signal Box Inn pub, perfect for a refreshing drink and branded as the smallest pub on the planet. The second is the aptly named Platform One Café, perfect for an all-day breakfast. Before you leave, head to the Station Master’s Gift Shop for a souvenir or two.

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

This modern venue opened in 2018 as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Air Force (RAF). This amazing 10-acre site serves as a point of remembrance and recognition for pilots that have served in conflicts around the world. The centre is a great educational space, engaging and informing every generation about how the work of the RAF has led to the freedoms we cherish today.

Lincoln was chosen as the place for this immensely important landmark because of its role as a home of Bomber Command stations during the Second World War. At its height, over a third of the country’s air station capacity was within Lincolnshire’s borders. There are a series of veteran stories to discover on your visit, and a digital archive brings the turbulent history covered to life.

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds

This incredibly beautiful area doesn’t receive the noise it deserves. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wolds are the highest area of land in Eastern England between Yorkshire in the north and Kent in the south. You’ll see great views of the North Sea to the east and the Pennines to the west, with open valleys making your view as panoramic as it gets.

You can navigate this striking area in your car or head for one of many walks. Cycling is also a popular option, getting you even closer to the flora and fauna that makes this corner of the county such a special one. Several waterways add an aqua feel to the landscape. The banks of the River Bain are a particular favourite of ours. When you’re done exploring, make a stop in lovely Louth. The town sits on the eastern side of the vast greenery.