There are many more great days out and places to visit; here are a few suggestions.
Lincoln is a historic city which dates back to the earliest times, where the first settlement was built beside what is now the Brayford Pool, and through the years the Romans, Vikings, Saxons, Normans and other civilisations have made the city their home.It was the Romans who first settled at the top of the hill, establishing a legionary fortress here soon after the invasion of AD43.
The city’s most famous landmark, Lincoln Cathedral, is one of the finest Gothic buildings in Europe and was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1072.
Almost directly opposite the cathedral, Lincoln Castle dates back to 1068, when William the Conqueror ordered its building to begin. It is one of only two remaining in the country with two mottes, the other being Lewes.
The city also boasts a wide range of boutique and high street stores. The Bailgate in the historic Cathedral Quarter, with its bustling boutiques and quaint tearooms, is popular with tourists and residents alike. Downhill, the Brayford Pool area is awash with hotels, bars and restaurants where you can sit by the waterfront. The River Witham leaves the Brayford Pool and heads to Boston and the sea.
Visit Boston and the first thing you will see is the imposing tower of St Botolph’s Church, more familiarly known as Boston Stump. The church is one of the largest in England and provides a handsome backdrop to Boston’s popular Wednesday and Saturday markets.
Boston was once the second largest port in England and the town’s rich mediaeval past can be easily identified in the winding lanes which lead to and from the Market Place. Visit the Guildhall Museum and see the prison cell where the Pilgrim Fathers were imprisoned before eventually setting sail for the New World.
Grantham is located on the River Witham and is an ancient and attractive red-brick town, with the 281ft high spire of St.Wulfram’s Church one of its dominating features. Grantham has become renowned as the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister. Situated to the north, Belton House, owned by the National Trust, is a fine 17th-century English country house set within beautiful gardens and a 1000-acre deer park. Belton houses a fine collection of art, silver, porcelain and tapestries, as well as William III’s magnificent ‘blue bed’. There are 25 rooms open to viewing by the public as well as the formal gardens.
The beautiful Georgian town of Stamford is an architectural gem. The bustling market town offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. Stamford is a stone throw away from attractions such as the splendid Elizabethan Burghley House. Also nearby is Belvoir Castle, which can be seen for miles across the Vale of Belvoir and is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.
Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens near Spalding offers a great day out. The shopping centre features many high street retailers including Marks & Spencer, Clarks and Gap. The gardens were completely redeveloped in 2004 and feature Chelsea-style celebrity showcase gardens, including designs by Charlie Dimmock, Chris Beardshaw, Kim Wilde and Steven Woodhams and a spectacular Japanese garden by Sansui Design. Activities for children include crazy golf, a play barn and a miniature railway.