Its position as the gateway to Lincolnshire and a history celebrated the world over make Grantham an enticing destination and a perfect base for exploring Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
Recognised as the birthplace of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Grantham also boasts a famous earlier son whose discoveries and legacy are celebrated worldwide; Sir Isaac Newton. Both are commemorated in Grantham Museum, along with aviation history enriched by WW2 milestones including the town’s 1943 Bomber Command HQ during the Dambusters Raid and American co-ordination of 1944 allied airborne offensives such as D-Day.
Newton’s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor, is just south of the town, with a fascinating Discovery Centre illustrating his work. A biennial Gravity Fields Festival in his honour runs again in September 2016.
Originally known for its engineering heritage, modern Grantham offers a better range of hotels than adjoining towns plus a Saturday market and monthly Farmers’ Markets.
Landmarks include the soaring 282ft spire of St Wulfram’s Church, reputedly the sixth tallest tower in the country, and the Victorian clock tower of the Guildhall Arts Centre. The River Witham flows through the town, enhanced by local attractions including National Trust property Belton House, Easton Walled Gardens, Ellys Manor and Belvoir Castle.
The town is also home to one of the best sports facilities in the East Midlands with the Meres Leisure Centre regularly hosting top competitions, top quality golf courses on its doorstep and a countryside just made for cycling or walking. Popular with visitors is also Downtown Superstore near the A1 with its own garden centre, cafes and Boundary Mill stores.
For more information, please contact the Grantham Tourist Information Centre by email or phone 01476 406166