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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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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Rand Farm Park

Rand Farm Park

Enjoy a fun-filled family day out to see and pet farm animals and pets along with a wide range of other exciting activities.

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Villages & Countryside, 21-30 miles from Lincoln

Redhill Farm Shop on the Farm

Redhill Farm Shop on the Farm

A traditional farmshop at Redhill Farm offering the highest quality, best tasting free range meat direct from the farmers who produce it.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Uncle Henry’s

Uncle Henry’s

A farm to fork experience on a family farm with a passion for local, great tasting produce - visit the butchery and farm shop, cafe, play area, and walled kitchen garden.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

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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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Old Vicarage Cottages

Old Vicarage Cottages

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

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

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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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

The Brewhouse Brattleby

The Brewhouse Brattleby

A stylish studio retreat set in the grounds of a Brattleby home, with historical links to the 'Dambuster Squadron' and daily displays by the Red Arrows team from nearby RAF Scampton.

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Villages & Countryside, 21-30 miles from Lincoln

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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Villages & Countryside, 21-30 miles from Lincoln

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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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Ashlin Farm Barns

Ashlin Farm Barns

Luxury holiday barns in beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, only ten minutes from Lincoln.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Faldingworth Farm Lodge

Faldingworth Farm Lodge

A luxury lodge on a working farm set in peaceful countryside and surrounded by beautiful panoramic views, perfect for enjoying from the relaxation of the hot tub.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

The Old Posthouse B&B

The Old Posthouse B&B

Friendly and comfortable B&B in a quiet village, north of Lincoln just off the A15, with private off road parking.

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