Belton House, Grantham: National Trust Property
Belton House near Grantham has lots to offer all the family. The house is set in formal gardens. This is a popular day out for families with its plethora of seasonal trails, a large outdoor adventure playground and an ancient deer-park.
The house was once owned by the Brownlow family, and its architecture and world-renowned library reflect the wealth and cultured tastes of its former owners. The house also contains substantial collections of silver and porcelain.
Burghley House, Stamford
Burghley is situated just off the A1 in Stamford. It is one of the largest and grandest surviving sixteenth century houses. It is a perfect example of an Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ house.
The house was built by Queen Elizabeth’s Lord High Treasurer, William Cecil. It took 32 years to build 1555 – 1587).
The house remains a family home to the descendants of William Cecil.
Burghley is the home to the Burghley Horse Trials amongst many other events- markets, concerts and trails. For something a little different (which the children will love!) visit the Garden of Surprises (you may be advised to take a towel and extra clothing).
Built nearly 1000 years ago by William the Conqueror, on the former site of a Roman legionary fortress, the castle has witnessed some of the most dramatic events in English history. The castle was built to help William keep control of the ‘rebellious north’ and to make sure the population knew the Normans were now in charge.
There is lots to see and do at the castle. You can visit the Victorian prison and hear the convicts’ stories. You can see (one of only 4 original) the famous Magna Carte signed by King John. Finally following recent restoration you can now walk round the medieval wall exploring towers and dungeons.
Please visit their website for further information and to find out about events coming up.
The construction of the Cathedral in Lincoln began in 1072 by Bishop Remigius. 20 years later it was consecrated.
The life of the Cathedral has had its ups and downs:
In 1124 the Cathedral was ravaged by a fire.
In 1185 it was partially destroyed by an earthquake.
In 1237 after years of experimental building work, the central tower collapsed.
In 1548 the Central Tower was blown down in a raging storm, smashing the north east transept roof.
In 1644 Cromwell and his men caused damage to the cathedral, during the English Civil War.
Throughout the years the Cathedral was still having new parts built on such as the Wren Library, older parts restored or altered.
The Cathedral has had its taste of Hollywood- filming for part of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was filmed in the Chapter House. Some of the film ‘The Young Victoria’ was also filmed at the Cathedral.
Expect more modernisation and restoration as the Cathedral was given “12.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne
Grimsthorpe Castle is a mix of Tudor and Baroque architecture. It was designed by Sir John Vanrugh, who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
The house has remained in the same family, united by the title, the Barony of Willoughby de Eresby.
The house is home to magnificent art and furnishings collections. The house also houses one of the largest collections of royal thrones. This is because the family is one of three in England who still fulfill the hereditary office of Lord Great Chamberlain, the Monarch’s representative at the Palace of Westminster.