Exploring Lincoln Houses and Gardens

With the cathedral and castle dominating the skyline, Lincoln City itself is a must for keen historians. However, wider Lincolnshire has also been very spoilt… by acres of luscious gardens and lavish country hideaways! Here are a few of our favourite things to see in Lincolnshire.

Belton House

Described as ‘the perfect country house’, this 17th century Lincolnshire National Trust property is spellbinding. Stately home enthusiasts will, of course, love the 36 acres of formal gardens and 1300 acres of deer park. But equally, the property itself is home to many talking points, including a large library and a collection of fine silver. 

24 miles from Washingborough Hall, 45 minutes by car

Burghley House

Burghley House at Stamford is a stunning Elizabethan mansion. Don’t be surprised if you recognise it – the property is a popular backdrop for film and TV shoots. Home to a fabulous collection of fine art from around the globe, this period property is a real English heritage treat.

50 miles from Washingborough Hall, 1 hr 15 minutes by car

Tattershall Castle

This sixteenth century red brick castle is just begging to be explored. From the dizzying 149 steps of the spiral staircase, to beautiful stained glass and period art, Tattershall has real allure. The turrets, battlements and moat are fun for adults and little ones to discover. Guided tours are highly recommended.

20 miles from Washingborough Hall, 30 minutes by car

Gainsborough Old Hall

Despite being one of the UK’s finest heritage sites, this is something of an unsung jewel in the region. It has a history of famous visitors, including British monarchs, Pilgrim Fathers and one or two classic ghosts! Full of charm and mystery, we heartily recommend you make it your own haunt for a day, too. Be sure to take a look at the impressive kitchen with its enormous fireplace if you do!

Location: 21 miles from Washingborough Hall, 40 minutes by car

Gunby Hall and Gardens

A visit to Gunby Hall and Gardens is a chance to follow in the footsteps of many a famous fellow. In its heyday, this Victorian ‘William and Mary’ red brick house welcomed lots of big names – from the Wedgewood family to Tennyson, and Rudyard Kipling to Charles Darwin. Today, this National Trust property is loved for its three floors of collection pieces, modest-sized rooms and exquisite gardens.

Location: 33 miles from Washingborough Hall, 50 minutes by car

Doddington Hall and Gardens

This is a gorgeous example of a fine late Elizabethan Mansion. Less Downton Abbey, more much-loved family home, this award-winning property is alive with history. With attention to detail and charm by the bucketload, will it be the furniture, weaponry, paintings, kitchen garden, gift shops or amusing stories you’ll love the most? A visit to Doddington offers unique insight into the challenges of looking after such an estate in the 21st century.

Location: 10 miles from Washingborough Hall, 24 minutes by car.

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