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.

Things To Do
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Cathedral Quarter, Cultural Quarter, Lincoln Suburbs, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Aviation Trail

Aviation Trail

Lincoln has a rich aviation heritage stretching from the UK's early aviation history through to the present day. Explore this hidden side of Lincoln with the Aviation Trail.

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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

Summer of Imagination

July 23, 2017 to September 3, 2017
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Summer of Imagination

A herd of galloping unicorns, a dragon's lair, talking trees, workshops, and artists make up an exciting summer programme at Doddington Hall & Gardens.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Lost Village

August 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
All Day
The Lost Village
Lost Village

An immersive festival experience in an abandoned woodland village in Lincolnshire - a surreal world misplaced in the sands of time.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cranwell Summer Fun Day

August 27, 2017
11:00am to 4:00pm
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Cranwell Summer Fun Day

FREE

Take a summer's day out to the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum for a day of activities and displays.

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Citywide

Heritage Open Days

September 7, 2017 to September 10, 2017
All Day
Heritage Open Days

FREE

Celebrate Lincolnshire's local heritage with free entry, tours, and activities in historic attractions across Lincoln city and countryside.

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Lincoln Suburbs

International Bomber Command Centre Open Day

September 24, 2017
10:30am to 3:30pm
International Bomber Command Centre
International Bomber Command Centre Open Day

FREE

Explore the UK's tallest war memorial - a spire dedicated to those involved with Bomber Command in WWII - and take a guided tour on a free open day.

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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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Places To Stay
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Lincoln Suburbs

Beau Vista

Beau Vista

NEW PROPERTY: Stunning, elevated, self-catering holiday retreat for six people located in the pretty village of Canwick, just one mile from Lincoln city centre.

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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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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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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Hilltop Farm Holidays

Hilltop Farm Holidays

Hilltop Farm offers two options for an idyllic escape to the country, south of Lincoln.

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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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