Heritage

History and Heritage
Lincolnshire is steeped in history, from early Roman settlements in Lincoln to historic houses across the countryside
Lincoln Cathedral
One of the world's finest examples of a Gothic cathedral, standing tall over Lincoln and the Lincolnshire countryside
Imposing Castles
The castles of Lincolnshire have stood tall for centuries,
each with amazing stories to tell
Historic Halls & Houses
Visit the estates of Lincolnshire and explore the halls which have hosted the families of the county

Step back in time and discover history and heritage aplenty from Roman ruins to Norman gems and Tudor palaces to Victorian splendour.

Must Visit Heritage Sites

Lincoln Cathedral has stood tall over Lincolnshire for nearly 1,000 years and is a must-not-miss attraction when visiting the county.

The cathedral was once the tallest building in the world – a guided tour of the roof or tower will not only give you stunning views inside the cathedral but outside across the county too.

Don’t miss the unique Wren Library – often described as the most beautiful room in England and filled with a library that spans the life of the Cathedral itself.

Take time to relax in the Cathedral refectory overlooking the cloisters, and look out for the famous Lincoln Imp.

One of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Built in the 16th century, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms, more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas and the lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre.

Pay a visit to enjoy the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown, and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, or see the teddy bear’s picnic in the gardens of surprise.

Lincoln’s castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068, dominating the Lincoln skyline and protecting the city for almost one thousand years.

Walk the medieval walls, with free audio guide, for stunning vantage points over the city and to learn the history of Lincoln from above. 

The Victorian and Georgian prisons in the grounds of the Castle give an insight into crime and punishment of the past – including the one-of-a-kind separate system.

Descend underneath the Castle to examine one of only four remaining original 1215 copies of Magna Carta.

Climb the 209 steps of the impressive tower of this historic church in Boston for fabulous views over the surrounding Lincolnshire Fens.

Experience 400 years of unbroken family occupation, explore stunning gardens, and enjoy a delightful cafe, restaurant, farm shop, & more.

Discover one of the UK’s best preserved, timber-framed manor houses, dating to the 15th century and visited by Richard III, Henry VIII, and the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Explore the gardens, woodland, and 50-acre lake at Grimsthorpe, and visit the castle, which has been home to the same family since 1516.

Woolsthorpe Manor tells the story of Newton’s time in Lincolnshire: from his birth and childhood to the discoveries of his Year of Wonders, including the famous apple tree.

A unique survivor of a family house from the mid-15th century in South Lincolnshire, with Gothic, Victorian, Georgian, and Medieval features throughout.

Stand in awe at one of the earliest and finest surviving examples of English medieval brickwork – a 15th century castle built to show off wealth, position and power.

Experience life in Victorian Lincolnshire featuring domestic and agricultural displays – including an authentic WWI tank, invented and produced in Lincoln.

This 19th century Regency mansion in North Lincolnshire will give you a flavour of high society in the 1830s, set in a 300-acre Country Park to explore.

See how the Wesley family lived and experience 18th century England in the house where John and Charles were born, at Epworth in North Lincolnshire.

Heritage Events

“I have always held... that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have”

Victorian writer John Ruskin

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