Places to visit in Lincolnshire
A traditional farming county, Lincolnshire enjoys scenic countryside walking trails, some of England’s most historic buildings and artifacts, as well as the tastiest sausages in the land!
Lincolnshire’s coast is also a massive draw, having plenty to offer with a wide range of activities for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy a traditional seaside holiday in Skegness, see seal colonies, or go to historic Lincoln, home to a magnificent cathedral. There is plenty of adventure to be had and this curated list of the best places to visit in Lincolnshire has been compiled by us to fill you full of holiday ideas.
Lincoln is a historic Roman city located in the East Midlands. As soon as you enter Lincoln you’ll feel like you’re in a home-away-from-home, thanks to the friendly inhabitants of the city. The town is packed with fascinating architecture, mouth-watering restaurants and intriguing eccentricities that will satisfy the most curious of minds. No trip to Lincoln is complete without going inside the cathedral, once the tallest building in the world, until the destruction of the central spire due to a storm in 1549.
However, you may be more interested in the city’s many warm and welcoming pubs. Divided into the university-dominated Uphill and cobbled streets of Downhill, take a ramble to find some of the top spots for a beverage in the city. The Cathedral doesn’t steal all the limelight however, as Lincoln Castle holds one of the original copies of the Magna Carta, pulling visitors from hundreds of miles to come and see it. After a day viewing the city’s treasures, there is nowhere better to wind down at night than a drink at the trendy Brayford Waterfront.
The Lincolnshire seaside town of Skegness has a reputation as one of the best family destinations on the east coast. The is due to the wonderful list of attractions, from go-karting and ten-pin bowling to funfairs and crazy golf, there’s plenty to keep you the rest of the family entertained. There is of course also the award-winning, vibrant, family-friendly beach with golden sands.
Skegness has all the classic English seaside holiday activities; the donkey rides on the beach and the pleasure pier, but there’s more to come from this Lincolnshire coastal gem. ‘Skeggy’, as it’s affectionately known, is home to several regular international arts and music festivals which transform the town every year into a hub of culture. Whether it’s the thrills of a rollercoaster ride or the joy of seeing seal pups on their way back to being reintroduced to the wild at the seal sanctuary, there’s also plenty for kids to enjoy.
Regularly topping polls of best places to live in the UK, Stamford is astoundingly beautiful. Stamford is a little way from the coast but the town centre, made up entirely of buildings from the 1600s and 1700s is well worth the drive in our opinion. Most of these houses are made with local limestone, giving the town a unique atmosphere that has seen it used in several Hollywood productions over the last decade or so.
You won’t want to miss a single bit of Stamford and every nook and cranny of the town is worthy of a photo, we recommend getting one at St Mary’s Bridge crossing the Welland. St Martin’s Church is also sensational, as well as Browne’s Hospital, a fifteenth century alms-house. But whatever you do, don’t leave Stamford without a visit to the glorious Burghley House. This 16th-century palace was the seat of Lord Burghley, a high-flying member of the royal court om Elizabethan times.
Mablethorpe is a quaint seaside town surrounded by wonderful countryside, from the Lincolnshire Wolds with its rolling hills, hidden valleys and gentle streams to Mablethorpe Beach, a nearby paradise with a Blue Flag Award to its name. When it comes to the best locations to visit in Lincolnshire, Mablethorpe is amongst the first that come to mind.
Right next door is Haven Golden Sands Holiday Park, home to a Blue Flag beach meaning that it is amongst the cleanest in the world. On top of this, there's a great range of activities such as the Aerial Adventure, sand play, The Jump, Nature Rockz, a huge multi-user games area and more, enough to keep you and the kids busy on a Stay+Play holiday.
Grimsby and Cleethorpes
The fishing town of Grimsby and the nearby seaside resort of Cleethorpes are located just below the Humber Estuary. The two areas are linked through their expansion, though Cleethorpes is now a town in its own right, with a rich maritime heritage and distinct character all of its own. Famous for oysters, Cleethorpes transformed from a tiny fishing village to health resort in the 19th-century, popular for its therapeutic bathing and iron rich medicinal waters.
The town now attracts millions of visitors who come to enjoy its lovely beaches, beautiful views and seaside entertainment. The resort has a long promenade with a short pier, a seaside narrow-gauge railway with trips and events, and three miles of excellent bathing beaches. With Haven Thorpe Park Holiday Centre just a short walk or very short drive away, it’s never been easier to explore Cleethorpes and make memories that last a lifetime.