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
View List View Map

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

What's On
View List View Map

11-20 miles from Lincoln

Airships Over Lincolnshire

September 30, 2017 to March 25, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Airships Over Lincolnshire

FREE

Explore the vital role airships and hot air balloons have played in the history of aviation at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum's exhibition.

Find out more

3-10 miles from Lincoln

Spring Bulb Pageant

February 11, 2018 to April 1, 2018
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Spring Bulb Pageant

A spectacular pageant of Spring bulbs, beginning with wonderful snowdrops, Cyclamen coum, and Crocus thomasianus, continuing to early April with drifts of Lent lilies and a unique collection of heritage daffodils (including rare Edwardian varieties), aconites and snake's head fritillaries until May.

Find out more

11-20 miles from Lincoln

Real Bread Week

February 25, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Cogglesford Watermill
Real Bread Week

FREE

Celebrate Real Bread Week at Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford with demonstrations on bread making using the mill's own flour.

Find out more

Citywide

Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2018

March 24, 2018 to March 25, 2018
All Day
Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2018

FREEOnly 2 places left!

Discover Lincolnshire in March with a weekend of free entry to many of Lincoln city and countryside's attractions, plus other free activities and special offers.

Find out more

11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cranwell Easter Egg Trail

March 30, 2018 to April 15, 2018
10:00am to 4:30pm
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Cranwell Easter Egg Trail

Visit Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum to see if you can crack Charlie the Crane's Easter Egg Trail.

Find out more

11-20 miles from Lincoln

Sleaford Easter Trail

March 30, 2018 to April 15, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Cogglesford Watermill
Sleaford Easter Trail

Join Molly and Dora in Sleaford for an Easter Eggstravaganza trail between Coggelsford Watermill and Navigation House.

Find out more

Places To Stay
View List View Map

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

3-10 miles from Lincoln

Chapel Guesthouse

Chapel Guesthouse

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

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

Places To Stay

Check Availability


We'll help you to find the best available rates, comparing LateRooms, Booking.com and more...

Areas of Lincoln

Sponsored by

​The Local Authority for the District of North Kesteven, found west and south of the City of Lincoln. North Kesteven District Council serves more than 100 flourishing communities.

Don’t want to miss a thing?

Subscribe for tips and advice on our newsletter