Nearest Things To Do Lincolnshire
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- Skegness Pier has had a chequered history from its humble start as a promenade for the inhabitants of a small but popular Victorian holiday town it has now grown into the focal attraction of holiday visitors. It now enjoys hundreds of thousands of visitors every year as they walk along the pier and take in the spectacular views of Skegness beach and enjoy the many traditional seaside attractions like the carousel, trampolines, cafes, restaurants, ten pin bowling, laser quest, ice creams, Adventure World, video games, and glow bowling! The pier is right at the centre of the Skegness seafront and has ample parking nearby. For those interested in a little history, Skegness Pier construction was started in 1879 and 2 years later opened in June 1881. The pier was originally a T-shape with a concert hall at the pier head along with departing and arriving steamboat trips. A storm in January 1978 caused major damage and due to the cost, part of the pier was demolished. The pier is now 118 m (387 ft) long with no evidence of the original pier head.
- Gunby Hall is a red-brick country house dating from 1700. Visiting Gunby Hall is peaceful as, with its 100 acre park, eight acres of Victorian walled gardens and the magnificence of it’s Grade 1 listed buildings, you can’t help but feel refreshed away from the everyday pressures of life. Tennyson was a frequent visitor and wrote the line ‘a haunt of ancient peace’ in the poem ‘The Palace of Art’. Yet that peace was breached in the time of Sir William Massingberd when he shot his daughter and her lover as they fled the building. He then allegedly threw the dead man into the pond. Locals believe that the hall was cursed and claim that the murdered servant is to be seen haunting the path by the pond as he waits for his lover. The hall is about 8 miles from Skegness on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds near Spilsby and is described as ‘a large doll’s house nestled in an idyllic spot’. It is reached by a half mile of driveway and is made up of 42 rooms, a clock tower, carriage house and stables. In 1944 it was given to the National Trust with all its contents and 1500 acres of land. Skegness was developed on some of the original land of Gunby Hall as in the 19th Century it used to stretch right up to the coast there. The Hall contains significant collections of art, furniture, porcelain and silver including original pieces by a variety of poets and artists. The gardens are laid out in an informal English style with large Victorian Walled and Kitchen Gardens, lawns, an arboretum and carp pond believed to be older than the main hall. There are 50 types of apple tree, 21 of pear and over 50 types of rose in the gardens. There is also a 17th century dove cote, a grass tennis court, croquet pitch, cottage, apple store and studio. On the edge of the formal gardens and within the Park lies St Peter’s Church. Rebuilt on Medieval foundations in the 1870s the Church is accessible only through the Hall’s gardens but it remains the active Parish Church of Gunby with a service once a month. Gunby Hall is currently leased from the National Trust and open to the public on Weds and Sundays Dogs are welcome but on leads in the garden only and children in back carriers only, no prams. There is mobility parking just 10 yards from the house, Braille guide, a drop off point, tea rooms. More details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- Tattershall Castle is a stunning example of a medieval brick castle rising dramatically above the Lincolnshire countryside. Built in the early 13th Century as a stone house with fortifications, it was given to Lord Cromwell in the 15th Century and he continued to build it into a reminder of his wealth and power. There are six floors to the main residence and a 5 story rectangular tower with octagonal turrets at each corner that housed Cromwell’s personal suite. At first glance, the 80ft (24.2m) high Great Tower of Tattershall Castle looks formidable and quite impossible to penetrate should it come under attack. Despite the thickness of the walls, a closer look at the building reveals that many of the ‘defensive’ features were, in fact, incorporated only to embellish the façade. Large arched windows with beautiful tracery run round all sides of the tower, from top to bottom, allowing plenty of light into the lofty rooms but providing little in the way of protection. Inside the rooms are laid out in a uniform fashion on each floor, one large central area or hall with smaller rooms located in three of the corner turrets, and a spiral staircase in the other turret. Each main area had a great fireplace, and all four of these have now been restored and returned to Tattershall Castle through Lord Curzon’s efforts in the early 20th century. Looking at the wonderfully preserved state of the Great Tower today, it is difficult to imagine the sight that beheld Lord Curzon when he decided to purchase Tattershall Castle in 1911. After Cromwell’s death, Tattershall Castle had been stripped of valuables and it is doubtful whether it was lived in again until it fell into Crown possession. From the last quarter of the 16th century until the end of the 17th century, Tattershall Castle was owned by the Earls of Lincoln. For the next 200 years it was left abandoned, and at the mercy of the elements. With most of Tattershall Castle having been demolished already, there was a real danger that the tower’s days were also numbered. Thankfully, Lord Curzon recognised its historical worth, and visitors today are still able to enjoy some of the former splendour of Cromwell’s great Lincolnshire masterpiece. Climb the 150 steps from the basement to the battlements and enjoy the magnificent views of the Lincolnshire countryside, then explore the grounds, moats, bridges and neighbouring church, also built by Ralph Cromwell. Don’t missExplore all six floors, from the basement to the battlements Enjoy amazing views from the roof Follow the audio tour (family and children’s versions) Picnic in the moated grounds Explore the church, also built by Ralph Cromwell Visit the neighbouring RAF Battle of Britain Centre (weekdays only) Buy presents for all the family at our gift shop Relax and enjoy some light refreshments Free parking, 150 yards. Coaches must reverse into parking area Mobility car park. Separate parking, 50 yards Mobility toilet. Located in car park Wheelchair access, Braille guide, Sensory Experience Baby-changing facilities Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted Children’s guide, quiz/trail, family daysMore details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- Billinghay Open Air Swimming Pool is a volunteer-run outdoor, heated, secluded pool, at 25mx10m, with a maximum depth of 2m. The pool is available for hire as a venue for those wishing a private party; be it for a birthday, anniversary or any other special event.
- Gainsthorpe Medieval Village is a must if you’re in Lincolnshire! This historic site is of an actual deserted medieval village and it’s one of the best examples in England. This village was clearly mentioned in the Domesday Book where it states that it had a windmill and a chapel in 1208 but was deserted by the late 17th century. Gainsthorpe lies in a field belonging to Gainsthorpe Farm. The typical medieval layout of sunken roads and raised rectangular tofts and crofts is clearly seen in the humps and hollows of the field and the remains of over 200 buildings still stand. There’s a pair of streets that are parallel to the Roman street to the east suggesting that the village was established in those times. There’s also a manor house, a fishpond, barns, longhouses and crofts for you to puzzle over. No one knows why the village was abandoned but legend says that it was a haven for thieves and their corruption led to the villages downfall. More simple explanations come from the evidence of the Black Plague during that time. It’s open all year round and entrance is free! There is a small car park from where a footpath of about two hundred metres leads to the site.
- St Peter’s church, Barton-upon-Humber is cared for by English Heritage as it’s become one of the most important churches in terms of architecture in England. From 1978 and 1985 the church was completely excavated and the standing structure recorded. The reason for all the interest is that it is one of the best Anglo-Saxon buildings still standing and has a full exhibition inside about its history so visitors can learn more about it. During excavations exciting finds were made like the pagan Saxon cemetery within the remains of an old hall which is apparently where people of high status were buried with the earliest graves dating back to the 9th century! There are over 2 800 people buried in this church yard dating from Anglo Saxon to Victorian times and the exhibition takes you through reasons for deaths, medieval disease, burial practices and medical issues faced in those times. There is also a great reconstruction skeletons exhibition and the architecture of the church itself is highly unusual. One of the unusual aspects of this cemetery is that it seems that graves were relocated when foundations were laid. This was not usual of the time. This church is dedicated to St Peter and served as the parish church of Barton from Medieval times up to around 1970. It’s open daily from 2.00pm – 4.00pm and closed on the 24th – 26th December and 1st January each year.