St. Botolph’s Church

Attractions in Boston

From heritage sites such as the Boston Stump and the Guildhall to wide open outdoor spaces such as Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, there’s sure to be something to enjoy in Boston!

  • Ark Wildlife Park

    West Fen Lane, Stickney, PE22 8BD

    Telephone: 01205 481468

    http://arkwildlifepark.co.uk/

    Only 8 miles from Boston at the ARK you will find a wide variety of fascinating animals from exotic mammals, stunning reptiles to fearsome carnivores and farmyard friends. Open all year with indoor attractions such as our tropical house, activity barn and Kalahari café.

  • Blackfriars Theatre and Art Centre

    10-11 Spain Lane, Boston PE21 6HP

    http://www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk/

    Originally built as a Dominican Friary in the 13th century and converted into a theatre in 1966. Built during the 13th century as a Dominican Friary its remains were converted into a theatre in 1966 and it has been the centre for the arts in Boston ever since. It hosts a vibrant programme of plays, musicals, dance, comedy and other entertainment throughout the year which includes both local community and professional productions as well as a café and gallery.

  • Boston Belle

    Sluice Bridge, Witham Bank East, Boston

    Telephone: 01205 460159

    info@bostonbelle.co.uk

    http://bostonbelle.co.uk

    The Boston Belle is a well established, versatile passenger boat operating from her home port Boston, Lincolnshire. We offer inland cruises up the tranquil river Witham or bracing trips out to sea for up to 60 passengers. The boat is available for private hire, as well as offering a selection of regular public cruises ideal for smaller groups and individuals. Boston Belle is equipped with benches on the foredeck which offer great panoramic views as well as a comfortable saloon with ample seating, tables and a removable canopy over the back, making her adaptable for whatever the British summer brings.

  • Boston Guildhall Museum and Tourist Information Centre

    South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire

    Telephone: 01205 365954

    TICboston@boston.gov.uk

    http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

    Boston's St Mary's Guildhall is one of the area's finest visitor attractions. A stunning medieval building the Guildhall museum tells stories, secrets and experiences including the famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers. Built in the 1390's for the Guild of St. Mary the Guildhall is an amazing survivor from the medieval period. Built in the 1390's this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston's power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston's finest visitor attractions. A wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building including the history of the Guild of St Mary, international trade with the Hanseatic League, Henry VIII dissolve of the Guild, the foundation of the Corporation of Boston and the very famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Guildhall is also home to the towns museum collection where displays and exhibitions bring life to the stories told, and a stunning venue for civil ceremonies and private functions. Boston's Tourist Information Centre is located here at Boston Guildhall. Boston Guildhall is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and is available to be hired for events. Both the museum and the TIC are open; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:30am to 3:30pm, last admission to the museum 3pm FREE Entry! We are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission to the museum 3pm.

  • Boston Market Place

    Market Place Boston

    Telephone: 01205 314587.

    Boston Market operates in the Market Place every Saturday and Wednesday. The market is a recognised tourist attraction in its' own right, with over 120 stalls offering a diverse and attractive range of goods, services and fresh local produce. In addition to the market in the Market Place itself, the Bargate Green Market is held every Wednesday on Bargate Green. This market also offers a range of goods and local produce and includes an auction starting at 09.30am each week, that sells everything from plants to cars. Trading fairs or "marts" have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century - the earliest historic record of a fair or "mart" is in 1132. It ran from St. Botolph's Day (12th June) to 24th June. In 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston's Fair. The earliest maps of Boston date from that time and the "Market Place" is indicated on them in its current location. In 1545 Boston obtained its Charter of Incorporation from Henry VIII, via his son Edward VI. On 1st June John Robinson took office as the first Mayor of Boston, the 12 aldermen were sworn in and the Recorder and Town Clerk appointed. Amongst his other roles the Mayor was declared "Clerk of the Market". The original document beautifully illustrated and with its impressive royal seal, is kept in the Guildhall in South Street.  The charter contains the following reference. "We have granted also... unto the said Mayor and Burgesses, and their successors, that they and their successors, for ever, shall have a free Market twice a week, that is to say, upon the Wednesday and Saturday...

  • Boston Stump - St Botolph's Church

    Wormgate, Boston, Lincolnshire

    Telephone: 01205 354670

    parish.office@virgin.net

    https://parish-of-boston.org.uk/church/st-botolphs/

    ‘The Stump’ is a Lincolnshire giant that should not be missed. The parish church of Boston. Built in the market place of the town in the 14th Century. The parish church of St Botolph, with its magnificent lantern tower standing 272ft (83m) high, is a landmark for everyone coming to Boston, and is visible throughout The Fens for miles around. Built mostly in the 14th Century the parish church is one of the largest in England and its tower the highest of any, befitting a town whose medieval prosperity as a port once rivaled that of London.

  • Fydell House Centre

    South Street, Town Centre, Boston PE21 6HT

    Telephone: 01205 351520

    http://www.boston.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3913

    A fine example of a Georgian house built in the 1720's. The finest house in town was built in 1720 by Samuel Jackson and bought and altered in 1726 by Joseph Fydell, a local merchant and importer of cloth. It is a fine example of high domestic architecture of the period and has many original features including a formal walled garden. Joseph Kennedy opened the American Room in 1938 in his role as ambassador of the USA. South Street, Town Centre, Boston PE21 6HT   01205 351520

  • Hussey Tower

    off Skirbeck Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6DA

    Telephone: 01529 461499

    penny.ward@lincsheritage.org

    https://www.heritagelincolnshire.org/sites/hussey-tower

    Hussey Tower is one of the oldest brick buildings in Lincolnshire. Originally part of a much larger house, the tower has three storeys connected by a spiral stair house in an octagonal turret. Hussey Tower was built by Richard Benyngton around 1450 for Sir John Hussey, a member of the court of Henry VIII. With only this tower still visible, the rest of the large manor has been lost. Built from red brick, this manor would have been an impressive site when it was first built. The grounds and tower are open and available to view from dawn till dusk.

  • Maud Foster Windmill

    16 Willoughby Road, Boston. PE21 9EG

    Telephone: 01205 352188

    info@maudfoster.co.uk

    http://www.maudfoster.co.uk/

    A fine example of an English tower windmill. This fine example of an English tower mill was built in 1819 by Isaac and Thomas Reckitt. It is the finest working mill and one of the tallest in the British Isles which the public can visit to see the whole milling process take place. The mill's shop has a wide variety of organic flour, porridge oats, muesli and other gifts for sale.

  • Pilgrim Fathers' Memorial

    North bank of The Haven at the site of the former Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, Boston.

    http://www.boston.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3906

    The memorial was built to mark the area of Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, where the Pilgrim Fathers attempted to flee Boston to Holland. This memorial, built in 1957, is just outside Boston at Fishtoft.  It marks the area of Scotia Creek where, in 1607, a group of puritans, who were later to be known as the Pilgrim Fathers, attempting to flee to Holland were arrested and handed over to the authorities.  After being tried and held at Boston Guildhall they eventually left and ultimately escaped to Holland and then to the New World. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial is located on the north bank of The Haven at the site of the former Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, Boston. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial consists of a small granite obelisk mounted on a granite block. The memorial was erected on the 350th anniversary of the event. The work was carried out by Leake's Masonry.  The ceremony was attended by several members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, who made a donation towards the cost of the monument. Its design is a tapering shaft rising from a base-block, intended to symbolise the urge which drove a small band of men and women to leave their country and kinsfolk for conscience's sake. The material used typifies by its strength the power and stability of their faith. The inscription on the front of the memorial used to read: "Near this place in September 1607 those later known as "The Pilgrim Fathers" made their first attempt to find religious freedom across the seas. Erected 1957" It has since been updated to the following: "Near this place in September 1607 those later known as the Pilgrim Fathers were thwarted in their first attempt to sail to find religious freedom across the seas. Memorial re-worded by the generous gift of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa WI USA - 2009"

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