Bishops Palace

Parks and Gardens

Secret, formal, romantic, kitchen, Victorian, Elizabethan... with such a range of gardens to visit, you're certain to enjoy a good cup of tea and come away full of inspiration!

Regency period Normanby Hall is set in 300 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and pleasure grounds.  With stunning herbaceous borders in the Secret and Sunken Gardens, a highlight must be the restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, first built in 1817. It is the only period-correct Victorian walled garden in Britain with a full range of glasshouses, including a peach case and vinery. Everything grown in the garden dates from 1901 or earlier.

By way of contrast Easton Walled Gardens boasts 12 acres of 'lost' grounds. 400 years of gardening have created a peaceful and settled atmosphere, enhanced by the beautiful valley surrounding it, now lovingly being brought back to life after lying derelict.

Explore six acres of romantic gardens at Doddington Hall. With superb bow edge parterres, sumptuous borders and a wild garden with a nature trail into the countryside, the gardens offer a tranquil escape. The mellow stone Elizabethan walls provide the framework for the formal East and West Gardens, which are faithful to the original Elizabethan layout.

The stunning gardens that surround Grimsthorpe Castle were built for a visit by Henry VIII.  Discover a formal lawn with topiary squares beyond containing small ornamental pools, while further away from the castle the garden becomes a semi-wild woodland garden, filled with spring bulbs.

Visit The Garden House Saxby and explore 8 acres of gardens where the concept was to create a garden of the 21st century – the gardens have traditional elements of design but is innovative and aware of the environment and is experimental.

From derelict to dazzling Goltho Gardens were purchased in 1997 offering visitors the chance to discover the renovated 4½ -acre garden. It now boasts a long grass walk flanked by abundantly planted mixed borders, from which a network of paths and walkways meander out to other features. The nut walk is wonderful in the spring...

The park and gardens of Belton House are composed with perfect harmony and proportion. They have serenity, order and strong architectural conviction. With both formal Italian and Dutch gardens, as well as a vast informal area, they offer variety and choice for every taste.

See a list of all parks and gardens open to the public.



Parks & Woodland






Nature & Bird Watching Reserves

Bird hide

Across Lincolnshire there are over 100 nature reserves dedicated to conserving the wildlife and wild places of the county, with habitats ranging from grassland, heathland, scrub and woodland to coastland, marshes and wetlands.

Whether you are a bird watcher, wildlife spotter or just love the space and freedom of the outdoors, you will enjoy Lincolnshire's 50 miles of coastline. A wide variety of species thrive here in their natural habitats - from ospreys, badgers, rare birds and hares to seals and even sharks. A pair of binoculars is a must!

Visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website