Information for Group Tour Organisers

Lincolnshire has so much to offer coach parties - country houses, gardens, history and heritage, great local food - take a look at our suggestions for a day or short break in our area.

With a wide range of exciting experiences around every corner, groups will be spoilt for choice in Lincolnshire. We offer a variety of itineraries to ensure you see the best the county has to offer and you are able to make the most of your time here.

See a list of visitor attractions that welcome group visits.


 

Lincoln City

Visit the city of Lincoln for shopping and history and heritage.  With historic buildings, galleries, craft centres, boutique shops and year-round events, Lincoln offers a family-friendly mix of things to do.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Major events and festivals:

1000 Years of Traditional Crafts; Annual Sausage Festival; Christmas Market

Parking for coaches: The city’s main coach park is at Stagecoach Lincolnshire Garage off Great Northern Terrace (LN5 8HJ), with full facilities and a bus service in and out of the city centre for coach drivers. There are also three coach parking spaces available on a first come first served basis at Tentercroft Street car park.  £10 per day.

Local information:

Lincoln Tourist Information Centre
Castle Square
Lincoln
Tel: 01522 545458
Email: visitorinformation@lincolnbig.co.uk

See more information about Lincoln


 

The Coast

Visit Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe, Skegness and Grimsby along the East Lincolnshire coast.  Perfect for bird watchers and nature lovers, Lincolnshire's Natural Coast might surprise you. Stroll unspoilt beaches or head for a nature reserve and catch sight of some of the million migrating birds that visit each year. Try out the UK's first purpose-built cloud-viewing platform at Anderby Creek or simply enjoy the solitude of nature.

Major events & festivals:

Air Show, Carnival Parade, 1940s Weekend

Market towns:

Cleethorpes; Grimsby; Mablethorpe; Skegness

See more information about The Coast


Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes is a beach resort with a variety of visitor attractions suitable for group visits. A visit to Cleethorpes wouldn't be complete without sampling the famous fish and chips, but the resort also offers a surprising selection of quality speciality restaurants, as well as traditional family carveries, all within easy reach of the main resort.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, Pleasure Beach

Parking for coaches: Grant Street or at Pleasure Island for visitors to the Theme Park
Cost: £5
No prior booking required

Toilet facilities: see local authority website for details of public toilets (including accessible toilets)

Local information:

Cleethorpes is mainly flat and accessible for visitors with mobility requirements.

Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre
Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LG
Telephone: 01472 323111 / 323222
Email: cleetic@nelincs.gov.uk

 

Grimsby

Grimsby is one of the largest fishing ports in the world. Freshney Place is Grimsby's main shopping precinct that provides an excellent range of individual retailers, major stores and speciality gift shopping.


Key attractions that welcome groups:

Fishing Heritage Centre, Alexandra Dock, Grimsby

Parking for coaches: 30 Thrunscoe Land at the eastern end of car park only and clear of the driveways, entrances and exits.  £5.

Toilet facilities: see local authority website for details about public toilets (including accessible facilities)


Local information:

Grimsby Tourist Information Centre
Central Library, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HG
Tel: 01472 324183

 

 

 
 

Mablethorpe

Mablethorpe has a wealth of things for any holiday maker. From Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Nature Centre to the Dunes Family Entertainment Centre and Funfair. Mablethorpe Holidays has everything on offer that you would expect from any top holiday destination in the UK.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Seal Sanctuary & Nature Centre

Parking for coaches: Seacroft Road

Toilet facilities: see local authority website for details about toilet facilities (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Mablethorpe Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01507 474939
Email: mablethorpetic@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 

Skegness

The attractions along the seafront at Skegness offer heaps of fun for visitors of all ages and interests. Fall in love with the penguins and seals at the very popular Skegness Natureland, challenge your friends at the Jolly Roger adventure golf, Laserquest, indoor bowling or at the latest in video arcade gaming.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Skegness Natureland

Parking for coaches: Richmond Drive Bus Station

Toilet facilities:  see local authority website for details about toilets (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Skegness Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 0845 674 0505
Email: skegnessinfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 
 

Heart of Lincolnshire

Local heritage, beautiful countryside walks, intimate venues, stunning artworks, aviation history, theatres and sporting facilities can all be found in abundance in the district.

Major events and festivals: Waddington Air Show

Market towns:

North Hykeham; Sleaford

See more information about the Heart of Lincolnshire

 

North Hykeham

As a well established town, North Hykeham and its surrounding villages boast some fine hotels, welcoming bed and breakfast establishments, inviting pubs and restaurants, plus excellent sports facilities, a theatre and a good range of shops.

Toilet facilities: Village Green, Lincoln Road. Toilets are free of charge and are open from 7.30am to 6pm

Local information:

Email: discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk
Telephone: 01529 308207

 

 

 

Sleaford

There are many fine buildings in Sleaford including the splendid 13th century church, St Denys', renowned for its wonderful stained glass and traceried windows.

Places to visit that welcome groups:

The National Centre for Craft & Design; Cogglesford Mill, Cranwell Museum

Parking for coaches: National Centre for Craft & Design

Toilet facilities:  Moneys Yard, Sleaford

Local information:

Email: discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk
Telephone: 01529 308207

 
 

The Fens

The landscape thrives on an endless network of beautiful waterways where you can walk, cycle and fish to your hearts content.

Market towns:

Boston; Spalding

See more information about The Fens

 

Boston

Boston has always been a great trading centre. From the 13th century a lively port, and today a thriving market town. Busy markets have been held here for more than 450 years, now twice weekly - with fresh food auctions and sales of everything from bicycles and tools to plants and antiques. An excellent choice of family run and independent shops are situated nearby, plus much to do and see.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

St Botolphs, Boston StumpRSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve; the Maud Foster Mill.

Parking for coaches: Town centre coach parking is available at Rosegarth Street, PE21 8QD. All day parking tickets cost £3.00 and should be purchased from ticket machines in St George's Road car park, PE21 8YB. Additional free coach parking is available at St John's Road, PE21 6BG.

Local information:

Boston Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01205 365954
Email: ticboston@boston.gov.uk

 

 

Spalding

Spalding's vibrant Town Centre boasts a superb selection of shops, supermarkets, department stores, butchers, greengrocers, bakers and an award winning bookshop to name but a few. The twice-weekly market sells everything from fresh produce to household goods, flowers and clothing.

Places to visit that welcome groups:

Springfields Shopping Centre

Parking for coaches: Springfields Shopping Centre, Camelgate

Toilet facilities: Springfields Shopping Centre, Camelgate

Local information:

Boston Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01205 365954
Email: ticboston@boston.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

North Lincolnshire Countryside

Gainsborough has origins as a river crossing place, and later an inland port, miles from the sea, but on the River Trent which runs through the west of the city marking the border with Nottinghamshire. 

Market towns:

Brigg; Caistor; Gainsborough; Market Rasen

See more information about North Lincolnshire 

 

Brigg

Water acts as a tranquil backdrop to Brigg which offers attractive shopping in what is a small brick market town on the River Ancholme.

 

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Wrawby Post MillElsham Hall Gardens and Wildlife Park

Local information:

Brigg Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01652 657053
Email: brigg.tic@northlincs.gov.uk

 

 

 

Caistor

Caistor is an attractive mix of Georgian and Victorian buildings, a market town with a history dating back before Roman times. It is unique in its architecture and location, nestling on the hillside at the edge of the Wolds and having 56 Grade II listed buildings, two Scheduled Ancient Monuments and over 160 significant archaeological finds.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre

Public Toilets:  see local authority website for details about public toilets (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Louth Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01507 601111
Email: louthinfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 
 

Gainsborough

Gainsborough is a red brick market town and river port that has retained some of its 18th century buildings, but its jewel is Gainsborough Old Hall where kings have dined.Walk inside this awesome past. Take in the wonderful view of the Trent Valley, almost to the Humber, from the top of the tower in the Old Hall.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Gainsborough Old Hall

Parking for coaches:

Toilet facilities: see local authority website for details of toilet facilities (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Gainsborough Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01427 676666
Email: tourism.info@west-lindsey.gov.uk

 

 

Scunthorpe

From contemporary and visual arts to steam rail tours telling the story of the Victorian Ironmasters who shaped the town, walk through acres of parkland and native woodland, shop 'till you drop in the high street, indulge yourself in the speciality shopping area known at 'The Streets' or enjoy the town centre's café culture.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Pink Pig Farm Adventure

Toilet facilities: see the local authority website for details about public toilests (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Scunthorpe Central Library
Carlton Street
Scunthorpe
Lincolnshire, DN15 6TX
Telephone: 01724 297354

 
 

The Vales

The Vales offer beautiful rolling countryside bordering onto fertile fens combining historical houses and castles, ancient market towns and chocolate box villages.

Major events and festivals: Georgian Festival, Stamford; Gravity Fields Festival

Market towns:

Grantham; Stamford

See more information about the The Vales


Grantham

Grantham was mentioned in the Domesday book, and it became a favourite stop-off for kings and commoners alike. King John held court here in the 13th century; Isaac Newton was a pupil at King's school - formulating his theories on gravity at nearby Woolsthorpe; and more recently Britain's first woman Prime Minister was born here.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Belton House, Easton Walled Garden, Woolsthorpe Manor

Local information:

Grantham Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01476 406166
Email: granthamtic@southkesteven.gov.uk

 

Stamford

Stamford has a fine selection of 17th and 18th century houses and medieval buildings that reflect its past - over 600 listed buildings, with six churches standing within a square mile. It is a pleasing town to while away a few hours, whether you just want to marvel at the honey-coloured architecture and dip into a cosy tea room for lunch or fancy some boutique and independent shopping.

Places to visit that welcome groups:

Burghley House 

Local information:

Stamford Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01780 755611
Email: stamtic@southkesteven.gov.uk

 
 

The Wolds

This part of Lincolnshire is rich in nature and heritage that both time and our ancestors have left to us. The Wolds make a perfect venue for groups to explore nature and sport, and the market towns in the area offer a variety of places to explore antique centres, craft centres and shopping.

Major events and festivals:

The Wolds Walking Festival, Book Festival

Market towns:

Horncastle, Louth, Market Rasen, Woodhall Spa

See more information about The Wolds 


Horncastle

Visit Horncastle

Standing between the Rivers Waring and Bain, the walls of the Roman town can still be seen. A flourishing town in the Middle Ages, and again with the coming of the railway, look back comfortably on the past as you stroll around the dozens of antique shops, packed with curiosities and furniture from bygone ages. The fine 18th & 19th century buildings hold a surprise or two.

Places to visit that welcome groups:

Parking for coaches:

Toilet facilities:

Local information:

Horncastle Tourist Information Centre

Tel: 01507 601111
Email: horncastleinfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 

Louth

Visit Louth for shopping

Louth is the capital of the Wolds, and being the heart of rich agricultural area it's highly prized for its award winning butchers, grocers, bakeries, markets and more.  When you spot St James' spire, 500 years old and 295 feet high you will know you are getting close to Louth. The closer you get you'll find that warm stone contrasts with the red brick and pantiles of the houses.

Places to visit that welcome groups:

Parking for coaches:

Toilet facilities:

Local information:

Louth Tourist Information Centre

Tel: 01507 601111
Email: louthinfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 
 

Market Rasen

A day at the races - and more. Market Rasen is a small bustling market town standing on the River Rase on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and is surrounded by rich farmland. Although famous for the only racecourse in Lincolnshire there's more to Market Rasen.

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Market Rasen Race Course

Parking for coaches: Market Rasen Race Course

Toilet facilities: see local authority website for details about public toilets (including accessible facilities)

Local information:

Louth Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01507 601111
Email: louthinfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 

 

Woodhall Spa

Two world wars kept the town of Woodhall Spa busy. Grand houses became hospitals, and the Dambusters were based nearby, as were numerous regiments and battalions.

 

Key attractions that welcome groups:

Tattershall Castle

Local information:

Woodhall Spa Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01526 353775
Email: woodhallspainfo@e-lindsey.gov.uk

 

 

 

 
 

Travel Guide

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Download this Travel Guide to help you plan your visit to Lincoln.

 
 

Itinerary Suggestions

History & Heritage:

In the steps of Royalty

 

Shopping:

Retail therapy

 

Gardens & Open Spaces:

Flora & fauna, nature reserves

 

The Best of Lincolnshire:

History, shopping, open spaces - all in one visit

 
 

Places to visit that welcome groups

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See a list of visitor attractions that welcome group visits.

 
 

Group Travel Guide

Guide

Download this guide for group travel organisers for the Coast and Countryside areas of Lincolnshire

 
 

Caistor and the Wolds

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This road trip is suitable for both independent travellers and groups.  

Download this itinerary for a tour around the Wolds that takes in beautiful views, quaint villages and market towns.

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