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Museums and Heritage

Farming, waterways, brewing, transport, fishing, aviation - they're all industries and skills that have shaped Lincolnshire's character and people.  Visit the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln or the Lincolnshire Collection to find out about the people in Lincolnshire's past.

If you're interested in knowing more about real stories behind the history here's a selection of attractions and museums to visit:


If you've always wanted to see and ride in an original Lancaster bomber - come to Lincolnshire.

From the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and its Visitors Centre to the Red Arrows, the RAF's display team, Lincolnshire has an impressive aviation history and a whole host of centres, museums and attractions to visit and experience.

For more information go directly to the specialist aviation heritage website.


Batemans Brewery is based in an old windmill and dates back two centuries. Visit The Bateman's Visitor Centre and you can take a tour of the old and the new Brew House, have a go at a ‘virtual' Brewing Experience, browse through the archive and play some traditional games in the family games area.


Normanby Hall farming museum is a fascinating microcosm of North Lincolnshire's rural past. Discover how people lived - visit the re-creations of a farm worker's kitchen, a wheelwrights workshop, a coffin maker's workshop, a blacksmiths and a saddlers. Includes displays of agricultural machinery and smaller items like fiddle drills and carding machines for horse hair.

The North Ings Farm Museum collection includes tractors, oil engines, vintage machinery, a fairground organ and narrow gauge railway.


See the Grade 1 listed, 309 foot tall Grimsby Dock Tower, used to power gates and cranes at Grimsby Docks.

And don't miss The Fishing Heritage Centre. This multi - award winning attraction re-creates Grimsby's maritime history and actively takes you on a 1950s trawler voyage to distant fishing grounds. Experience the journey and explore the reconstructions of the twisting back streets and alleys of 1950s Grimsby and view the collection of historic vessels in the adjacent dock.


At the Trollybus Museum you can see Britain's largest collection of trolleybuses, take a nostalgic ride on one and look around the 1950/60s exhibitions and displays. On a similar theme, Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history.

If you like the age of steam, visit the Cleethorpes Coast Light railway, where you can take a ride on a steam train, or even learn to drive one.


Torksey Lock Intepretation Centre and tea room is located at the point where the tidal River Trent meets the Fossdyke Canal - and is a popular mooring spot for boaters. Information and interactive displays portray the history behind Torksey Lock and this ancient waterway.

Navigation House at Sleaford is thought to be the only original canal company office still in existence. Built in 1838, this refurbished, grade two listed building portrays the early development of the River Slea, the story of the Navigation and the significant part it played in Sleaford's history. Interactive exhibits, displays and film footage provide interest for all ages.


Take a look at the many museums to visit


Visit a steam railway or a model railway museum


Aviation Museums