The National Trust runs 2 properties in East Lincolnshire, Gunby Hall near Spilsby which is set in eight acres of Victorian walled gardens and dates back to 1700. In the hall itself there are three floors to explore: from the elegant Dining Room to the Cedar Bedroom and the Basement Kitchen.
During the late spring and summer the gardens blossom into life with an abundance of sweet-smelling scented roses and lavender. The more ambitious can embark on a four-mile walk to the nearby Bratoft Manor where the Massingberd family lived before they moved into Gunby.
Also run by the National Trust, Tattershall Castle is said by many to have the finest medieval brickwork in England. Built by Henry IV’s Treasurer, Ralph Cromwell, in the 15th century, it is a distinctive reddish-brown colour and highly unusual in shape. It is believed to have originally been a mansion with the outward appearance of a fortress, to ward off attacks. Those feeling adventurous can climb the 150 steps from the basement to the battlements and enjoy the stunning views.
At the foot of the Wolds stands the market town of Alford and the five-sailed windmill, one of the last original working windmills in the county.The mill produces flour from organic grain. Visitors can tour the mill and experience the flour milling process.
Burgh-le-Marsh Windmill is the only working tower mill with left-handed sails in the county. It was built in c1813 and contains much of its original equipment. There is also a gallery, which outlines the history of milling and a gift shop
There are many magnificent churches in the area with superb examples of Saxon, Norman, Gothic and medieval as well modern church buildings.
St James’ Church in Louth has the highest parish spire in England, coming in at an incredible 295 feet high. The spire will celebrate five centuries of existence in 2015 and various events are being planned to mark the historic occasion. The church itself is well worth a look and visitors are invited to climb the tower and experience the spectacular views of the town and surrounding countryside.
Louth Museum, which celebrated its centenary in 2010, has won four Renaissance Heritage awards and the prestigious Lincolnshire Heritage Museum of the Year award. It has a large display of objects, antiquities, natural history and literature relating to Louth and its surroundings.
Museums elsewhere in the district cater for a variety of tastes and interests, from the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa, which traces the history of this genteel spa village to Alford Manor House – thought to be the largest thatched manor house in the country. The Village Church Farm in Skegness is Lincolnshire’s only open air farming museum. Visitors can look around the many exhibits which include the original farm buildings, a mud and stud thatched cottage and vintage agricultural machinery.