beautiful market town full of heritage, restaurants, cafés & places to stay

Grantham is an attractive and industrial market town that sits on the border of Lincolnshire and Nottingham. Being home to a number of Lincolnshire's incredibly picturesque historic houses, castles and buildings including Belton House and Belvoir Castle, it is well worth a visit and makes for an excellent day trip or weekend away.

Grantham began as a small Saxon village that grew into a market town during the 11th century. Grantham was recognised in the Domesday Book in 1086 with a recorded population of 183 households and in the Middle Ages, the town was successful in the wool and leather trade.

St Wulfram's Church towers over the historic town and was described by Simon Jenkins as ‘the finest steeple in England’. The Angel and Royal hotel located on the High Street dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest coaching inns in the country. The charming property has hosted no less than seven Kings and Queens over the centuries.

In more recent history, Grantham has become well known for being the birthplace of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher but Grantham was also the birthplace for Isaac Newton who was educated at the King's School in Grantham. Isaac Newton's notorious revelation about gravity actually took place at Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthopre by Colsterworth - just a short distance from Grantham. Visitors can see the 400-year-old-tree where it all began. The town is also known for gingerbread biscuits, first made in 1740 by a baker, William Eggleston. Take a trip and uncover Grantham's rich heritage for yourself.

belton house

Visit Belton House which was used in Pride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code and The Young Victoria. 

Belvoir Castle

Take a tour of Belvoir Castle which has been used for the filming of The Crown and Victoria and Abdul.

Margaret Thatcher

Did you know...

Margaret Roberts, as she then was, was born and spent her early years in Grantham, her father having a grocer’s shop on the corner of North Parade and Broad Street. She went to Kesteven and Grantham Girls School and was able to quote extensively from Tennyson’s poetry decades after she memorised it at school in Grantham. She installed the portrait of Sir Isaac Newton in the main dining room of No. 10 Dowing Street soon after she became Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

Highlight attraction

Easton Walled Gardens

Easton Walled Gardens invite you to lose yourself in the heady romance of hundreds of years of horticultural history. A peaceful place to explore with beautiful flower displays throughout the seasons.

Easton Walled Gardens Dahlias
Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton
Edith Smith Exhibit at Grantham Museum

the origin of many

Did you know? Grantham was the workplace of the first female police officer in the United Kingdom with full power of arrest, Edith Smith (1876 – 1923). Find out more about Edith Smith at Grantham Museum.

getting here

Grantham is located within easy access of the A1 and is part of the London–Edinburgh East Coast Main Line for those wishing to visit by car or train. Grantham train station is also the first station on the Poacher Line for easy access to and from smaller villages and town heading east towards the coast.

Food & Drink highlights

The Green Man, Ropsley

The Green Man, Ropsley, is a gastropub that dates back to 1648 and prides itself on a great range of home-cooked country dishes, superior steaks, fresh seafood and good, honest, pub-grub.

Green Man Ropsley Burger

tourist information centre

Guildhall Arts Centre

Guildhall Arts Centre is a multi-purpose arts venue in the heart of Grantham. Under the beautiful Victorian clock tower, find a thriving arts venue with coffee shop and helpful staff on hand to advise and direct visitors. 

Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre

more about the South Countryside

Discover more information about things to do, food and drink and places to stay in the area.

Belvoir Castle