The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

Cyclists in North Kesteven

The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

Doddington Hall
The Heart of Lincolnshire

Nestling south of Lincoln lies North Kesteven, the Heart of Lincolnshire: a place brimming with history, heritage and great places to visit, whatever your age.

North Kesteven is home to three operational RAF stations and has a rich aviation heritage which can be explored using the free Airfield Trail.

Overlooking Lincoln Cathedral is the iconic International Bomber Command Centre Memorial standing as a point of recognition, remembrance and reconciliation.

If you’re feeling more energetic, take advantage of the hirebike scheme and explore Witham Valley Country Park, linking a number of green spaces across the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven.

It provides great places to relax and unwind in beautiful, unspoilt countryside.  On the way you'll find Whisby Nature Park with miles of way-marked walks as well as a visitor centre, café and outdoor adventure play area.

The Heart of Lincolnshire is criss-crossed with over 135 miles of way-marked Stepping Out Walks, showcasing the hidden gems from the Knights Templar to poignant former airfields. The walks are complimented by stunning artworks scattered across the landscape enhancing your walk.

A 30 minute drive brings you to the traditional market town of Sleaford. Its striking architecture is testament to the prosperity brought to the town by the Sleaford Navigation Company.

Sleaford boasts a wealth of history and heritage including Cogglesford Watermill, a working watermill, and beautiful Church of St Denys whose stone broach spire is one of the earliest of its kind in England. 

Find out more on the 'Heart of Lincolnshire' website or in the visitor guide. You can order a guide for free, including postage, on the Visit Lincoln shop.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cogglesford Watermill

Cogglesford Watermill

Dating back to Saxon times, Cogglesford Watermill is thought to be the only Sheriff's watermill still in operation in England.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Discover the fascinating story of the historic Royal Air Force College Cranwell and become a pilot on the Jet Provost flight simulator.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall is a privately owned fine late Elizabethan Mansion with stunning gardens, located just outside Lincoln.

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Cathedral Quarter, 3-10 miles from Lincoln, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

The Spires & Steeples Challenge

October 15, 2017
8:30am to 5:30pm
Westgate Water Tower
The Spires & Steeples Challenge

A charity 26-mile run or walk following the public footpaths and bridleways along the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail from Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter to Sleaford.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gallantry in the Air

April 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
10:00am to 4:30pm
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Gallantry in the Air

FREE

Learn about the RAF crew who paid the ultimate price at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum's exhibition to mark the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Food Feastival at Doddington

May 7, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Food Feastival at Doddington

FREE

A celebration of fresh, seasonal and local produce with delectable delights and tasty treats at Doddington Hall & Gardens.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall Plant Fair

May 13, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Doddington Hall Plant Fair

Browse a broad selection of plant and garden sundries from stalls handpicked by Doddington's Head Gardener David Logan.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

National Mills Weekend

May 13, 2018
11:00am to 4:30pm
Cogglesford Watermill
National Mills Weekend

FREE

Celebrate National Mills Weekend at Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford as the mill rumbles into action, grinding its own stoneground flour.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

A Vintage Affair

May 27, 2018 to May 28, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
A Vintage Affair

FREE

Step back in style at Doddington Hall & Gardens with live period music, classic cars, and vintage stalls including clothing, homeware, and collectables.

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Places To Stay
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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bentley Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa

Bentley Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa

BEST WESTERN PLUS Bentley Hotel is Lincoln's only hotel with a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Branston Hall Hotel

Branston Hall Hotel

Dating back to 1885, Branston Hall Hotel and Spa is a fine 53 bedroom country house Hotel in the heart of Lincolnshire situated three miles south of beautiful city of Lincoln in 88 acres of stunning parkland and lakes.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Chapel Guesthouse

Chapel Guesthouse

Beautiful bed & breakfast in a renovated chapel in the picturesque village of Brantson, near Lincoln.

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Lincoln Suburbs

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

This welcoming, boutique hotel is a beautiful early Georgian House, set in three acres of mature garden and woodland in the heart of Washingborough village, just over 2 miles east from the historic city of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Stay at Doddington Hall in one of the estate's historic but beautifully renovated holiday cottages.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Lut’s B&B

Lut’s B&B

Renovated, listed farmhouse B&B surrounded by beautiful countryside yet a short journey from the historic city of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Manor House Stables

Manor House Stables

Enjoy a holiday in the heart of rural Lincolnshire, less than half an hour's drive from historic Lincoln, and stay in these beautifully restored, award-winning 18th century stables.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Mere Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Mere Cottage Bed and Breakfast

A home-from-home delight in a beautifully restored detached house originally dating from 1740 in a central village location close to Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Old Chandlery Apartments

Old Chandlery Apartments

A home from home overnight experience close to Swinderby train station, ten miles from Lincoln: a cross between a B&B and apartment with each room including breakfast and a kitchenette.

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