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Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

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North of Lincoln

North of Lincoln you'll find a wealth of lovely villages surrounded by countryside and the three market towns of Gainsborough, Caistor, and Market Rasen.

The countryside north of Lincoln has rich aviation heritage and is home to the famous ‘Red Arrows’, the RAF’s aerobatic team, who are based at RAF Scampton - where the famous Dambuster raid squadron were stationed. You can discover the area’s fascinating history in the West Lindsey Aviation Heritage Trail.

You’ll find a diverse landscape from historic market towns to the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from walking and cycling to spending the day shopping or sitting back and relaxing in the many eateries on offer.

GAINSBOROUGH

Just 30 minutes’ drive from Lincoln on the banks of the River Trent, lies the market town of Gainsborough; on the most westerly edge of Lincolnshire.

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a must-see for history hunters. The town’s history dates back to the late 18 th Century and is detailed through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre. You can also find arts and entertainment at Trinity Arts Centre, the town’s unique theatre and picture house, located in a Grade II listed church built in 1841-3.

Thriving markets are held in the town centre and, in the award winning shopping centre Marshall’s Yard, there is a regular Farmers’ Market.

Gainsborough Town Centre weekly markets: Tuesday and Saturday.
Marshall's Yard Farmers' Market: 2nd Saturday of each month

You can find out more about Gainsborough on the Discover Gainsborough website.

CAISTOR

A 40 minute drive from Lincoln and nestling on a hillside at the northern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. This lovely Roman market town is one of three Lincolnshire Wolds ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns and is also on the Viking Way. The town has 56 listed buildings in the centre, most dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods which would delight any architecture enthusiast.

Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday and is also the location of a renovated Methodist Chapel, now called Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, where the local library and heritage timeline sit alongside a cafe where lovely food, cake and drinks are served daily.

Weekly Town Centre market: Saturdays.

Nearby you can find the villages of Nettleton, with its Ironstone mining history, Claxby, with its vineyard and Grasby with its lovely All Saints church.

MARKET RASEN

A 30 minute drive from Lincoln standing on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds - a bustling market town with interesting independent shops for you to investigate.

Famous for having the only racecourse in Lincolnshire, it also has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status with great walks and trails around the town and surrounding area - including Willingham Woods.

Market Rasen has rich heritage and stories surrounding the town which is brought to life in a virtual tour. Nearby the villages of Tealby, described as the most charming village, has the Kings Head pub, the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire; and Walesby, home of All Saints 'Ramblers' Church. This iconic medieval church stands in solitary dignity overlooking the village on the Viking Way. The view from the church is quite spectacular and inside is a beautiful stained glass window, depicting walkers and cyclists.

Weekly Town Centre Markets: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Goltho Gardens

Goltho Gardens

A 4.5-acre, captivating, year-round garden found east of Lincoln, with a traditional tea shop, plant nursery, and onsite accommodation.

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Cathedral Quarter, Cultural Quarter, City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs, 3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Lincoln Aviation Trail

Lincoln 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, Villages & Countryside

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Experience the heritage of Gainsborough with period displays of life in the 1940s and beyond.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

July 20; 2019 to September 3; 2019
9:30am to 4:00pm
Uncle Henry’s
Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

Explore an amazing maze of maize at Uncle Henry's Farm this summer - perfect for young and old to enjoy.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Summer at Rand Farm Park

July 20; 2019 to September 3; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Rand Farm Park
Summer at Rand Farm Park

Enjoy the summer holidays at Rand Farm where you can meet mythical creatures, enter Jurassic Farm Park, explore indoor and outdoor play areas, and of course meet the resident farm animals.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

August 10; 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Market Street
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

FREE

Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders at Gainsborough’s monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market taking place every second Saturday of the month on Market Street.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

An Audience with Henry VIII

August 17; 2019 to August 18; 2019
11:00am to 4:30pm
Gainsborough Old Hall
An Audience with Henry VIII

Meet King Henry VIII, a visitor to Gainsborough Old Hall, and learn about his life.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

September 14; 2019
9:00am to 3:00pm
Market Street
Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market

FREE

Offering the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of traders at Gainsborough’s monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market taking place every second Saturday of the month on Market Street.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

The Motorhome Show, Season Finale

September 20; 2019 to September 22; 2019
9:30am to 5:00pm
Lincolnshire Showground
The Motorhome Show, Season Finale

A huge showcase of more than 500 different new and used motorhomes, 2020 previews, and live entertainment at the Lincolnshire Showground.

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Places To Stay
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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Only half a mile from the Lincolnshire Showground, Bridleway B&B has a fantastic location; set beside an oak wood yet only five minutes to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Field View B&B

Field View B&B

A bed and breakfast accommodation designed and built to a high standard, with spacious rooms, quality furnishings and comfortable beds.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Old Vicarage Cottages

Old Vicarage Cottages

Holiday cottages close to the village of Nettleham in the suburbs north of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Rural Roosts

Rural Roosts

Hidden amongst countryside and sheltered by the rural village of Stainfield, Rural Roosts offers high quality luxury pine lodges, ideal all year round accommodation.

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21-30 miles from Lincoln

The Old Granary

The Old Granary

Excellent self-catered accommodation in a high quality, modern, and sympathetically renovated barn on a family potato farm.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Lincolnshire Lanes

Lincolnshire Lanes

With a choice of 20 camping pitches, two log cabins, a couple of bell tents, a Romany caravan and a glamping pod, Lincolnshire Lanes offers a great stay for families and those who like it a little quieter.

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21-30 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Wolds View Touring Park

Wolds View Touring Park

Phil & Jane would like to welcome you to their adults-only, five-star Touring Park, built to a high standard to accommodate the discerning camper, delivering a holiday experience you will return to time and time again.

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21-30 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Treetops Cottages & Spa

Treetops Cottages & Spa

Luxury self-catering holiday cottages set in the picturesque, peaceful village of Grasby on the beautiful and unspoilt Lincolnshire Wolds.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

The Hideaway

The Hideaway

Purpose built annexe with lovely views over the nearby fishing lake, golf course, and paddocks.

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