Lovely Lincolnshire is known for its long wide sandy beaches, popular seaside resorts, truly gorgeous coastline, and sparsely populated mostly flat inland landscapes punctuated with tranquil nature reserves, picturesque traditional villages, fine waterways, and the odd windmill. Located in the East Midlands, the pretty English county offers many fantastic destinations for day trips or staycations. From cities to coast here are 15 of the most beautiful places to visit in Lincolnshire…
Mablethorpe Beach – miles of stunning golden sand and winner of a Blue Flag Award
Easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lincolnshire, this is an award-winning and clean beach (with a Blue Flag status) with many wonderful things to do. In the UK it’s rare to find a single place where you can have everything, yet when it comes to beach resorts this may very well be it. The beach is huge. If its solitude you are after then look no further, the northern end of the beach is so vast that you might not see a single person (so be careful if swimming).
Further south and closer to the town of Mablethorpe you can indulge in a more traditional day out. Here you’ll find a long promenade to walk on, a funfair, sticks of rock, a great collection of pubs, and there’s even a ‘sand train’ that runs regularly so you can take in the entire promenade from a sedentary position.
Tattershall Castle – an extraordinary historic site which is one of the best places to visit in Lincolnshire
One of the best castles to visit in England, Tattershall Castle is a pretty unique historical building, whilst it was originally built in 1231, it has been amended, upgraded, and enhanced giving a unique insight into different architectural (and defensive) developments through the ages…spanning all the way up into the 1900s.
For history buffs or young imaginations alike it offers an ideal opportunity to make the past come alive. Wander the battlements or try and decide if you could swim the moat? If that’s all too much then don’t worry. A feature of most castles are the exceptional views and this is no exception. You can take a picnic and languish on the lawn.
The seat of the County, Lincoln is an ideal base for which to strike out and explore. Beautiful architecture and gorgeous winding cobbled streets aside, there is plenty to see and do. Dining, shopping, and drinking can all be embarked upon in abundance as you would expect, however, there are a few things that you won’t find in many other places.
Lincoln cathedral is the third-largest in the country and remains in impressive splendour, which was the idea as it used to hold huge cultural and political significance. Lincoln Castle is also a rare treat, with a fully intact (and foreboding) wall that you can walk around. It is packed with stories, whether you want to pander to your inner Norman and read the Magna Carta or listen to gruesome stories about those imprisoned within its walls, there will be something for you.
Donna Nook Nature Reserve – a lovely place to explore in Lincolnshire for wildlife fans
Ever seen a baby seal? Time it right when visiting Donna Nook Nature Reserve and you just might. From Late October to the start of December Grey Seals find the 6-mile section of coastline is just perfect to introduce their pups to the world.
As a serious note, we would advise leaving dogs at home, aside from disturbing the seals, seals can carry pathogens that are very dangerous to your four-legged friend. Its also important to note that you really must stick to the designated viewing areas, so that other visitors can also enjoy a marvel of nature.
Belton House – a beautiful country estate to visit with formal gardens
Tea on the lawn? Don’t mind if we do (if it’s from a thermos don’t worry we won’t judge you). Considered the epitome of English country houses it features everything you’d expect of the stereotype.Immaculately manicured gardens, bushes made into interesting shapes, follies, lawns, and walks, and this is just the exterior.
The beautiful country house is open for visitors, if you want to have a good old nose into a more opulent time guided tours are available. A wonderful place to explore in this charming English county.
Lincolnshire Wolds – a beautiful range of hills to explore
Mmm, how to describe over 216 square miles of rolling hills, panoramic views, and greenery. We’re just going to go with ‘lovely’. If you need to break in your rambling boots then what better way than to explore this designated area of outstanding natural beauty?
The views afforded in certain spots are breathtaking. The area parallels the cost so you can occasionally spot the North sea, and to the west (if you’ve got good eyesight and its a clear day) you might just be able to see the Pennines!
Cleethorpes – a pretty seaside resort home to a wonderful sandy beach
Cleethorpes is a small seaside village located on the Humber estuary. Award-winning gardens, a long sandy beach, and a promenade aside, you’ll hopefully find there’s quite a lot of interesting activities to take part in (especially with little ones in tow).
A miniature railway is fun for children and bigger kids alike. If you bring your binoculars on a clear day you might just be able to see the two fortresses constructed early in the 1900’s to defend the estuary during World War One.
Stamford – a stunning historic town where several scenes of Pride and Prejudice were filmed
With winding Georgian streets, cute cafes, and hidden courtyards, it’s easy to see why this is one of the destinations of choice for film producers. Period dramas are filmed here regularly, and that’s because feels properly authentic. Beautiful wooden coach houses still provide a good meal and a mug of ale for weary travellers, much as they did when they were built.
For those of you looking to harness your inner Jane Austen why not take a horse and coach (or more likely the car) over to Burghley house? You may recognise it from Pride and Prejudice as it featured in several scenes. Swoon in the lawns or doth protest at the weather and take a look around the beautiful Georgian interior.
Skegness – one of the most popular places to visit in Lincolnshire
Skegness is perhaps the classic beach resort for a staycation. Don’t let snobs talk it down. It’s really nice. Whilst on a cloudy day it might not be Insta-worthy, on a sunny day the long wide sandy beach is a joy.
Due to its size, it doesn’t get too hectic and you will find everything associated with a traditional UK seaside resort. Families and thrill-seekers will love the white knuckle experience at the Fantasy Island theme park.
Epworth – a pretty ancient town located in the Isle of Axholme
What could be nicer than spending a Sunday afternoon wandering antique shops full of trinkets and stopping halfway for a frothy coffee? Epworth is a traditional Lincolnshire market town, located in the north of the county and packed with nooks and crannies.
If you want a bit of culture and maybe a touch of the paranormal (why wouldn’t you?) pay a visit to the Old Rectory, the former house and now a museum, dedicated to the founder of Methodism. We are not sure which is more impressive, that it’s the birthplace of a worldwide religion, or that he managed to fit 19 children under one roof!
Gainsborough Old Hall – one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in England
Kings of old and a haunted house, maybe slightly creepy, but also a little bit fun. The house is coming up to 700 years old and as you would expect has a lot of stories hidden within its walls. Featuring an impressive timber-framed great hall and original medieval kitchen it doesn’t take much to imagine the hustle and bustle of a feast as Henry VIII turned up (which he did apparently).
If you are feeling brave or are sleeping too well, pay a visit to the ‘ghost corridor’, see if you can spot ‘the grey lady’ who apparently inhabits the building and occasional pops by to say hello to visitors!
Sutton-on-Sea – a popular seaside destination which is a fantastic place to explore in Lincolnshire
Can’t decide on whether to go to Skegness or Cleethorpes? Well, go slap bang in the middle of the two at Sutton-on-Sea. For an extended beach getaway, there are loads of beautiful and quaint self-catering chalets right on the beachfront. Its a little bit ‘low-key’ so you won’t find scores of arcades (or noisy families).
It makes the ideal place to enjoy the best of the beach and surrounding areas too. Hire a cycle and go for a promenade bike ride or pay a visit to the nearby Seal Sanctuary Wildlife Centre.
Thornton Abbey – was an important medieval abbey which makes a lovely place to visit in Lincolnshire
Ok so its not been perfectly preserved, but we think that adds to the appeal, after all it is nearly 1000 years old. Unlike the monks you probably want to take more than a cassock, as there are vast sections that are no longer covered. Alternatively, our recommendation is to be a ‘fair weather friar’ and go when the sun is out.
The gatehouse has recently had sections restored so you can get an idea of its former glory. There are numerous boards and signs explaining exactly what you are seeing, oh, and watch for the livestock who now call the abbey ‘home’. Still one of the most interesting places to visit in Lincolnshire.
Hartsholme Country Park
If you are staying in Lincoln and want to get away from the city for a while, Hartsholme Country Park is not far away. Located just to the south of the city the park covers an area of over 200 acres. With a picturesque lake and numerous woodland trails you can spend the day meandering and enjoy some fresh air.
If you are an aspiring twitcher (it means bird watcher just in case you were wondering) the RSPB offer guided walks. If you’d rather feast on sandwiches instead of watching swans, there are also several lovely picnic spots to visit here too.
Anderby Creek – a long, sandy and beautiful beach to explore in Lincolnshire
Aside from the (very) occasional pub and a few cafes, the beach at Anderby Creek doesn’t have a lot in the way of amenities, but now and again, that’s just the way that we like it. For a walk along one of the most unspoiled sections of the UK coastline, you won’t go far wrong with Anderby Creek which is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit and explore in Lincolnshire.
As an interesting (and free) feature, Anderby Creek features the worlds first ‘official cloud spotting area’ at ‘the Cloud Bar’, which affords a 360-degree view complete with a cloud menu, allowing you to gaze at the heavens and maybe learn something at the same time (like why it’s always a good idea to carry an umbrella)! Enjoy!