From airborne extravaganzas to coastlines, there is so much to do in Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire is known as ‘Bomber County’ due to its pivotal position in the aerial battles of the Second World War. Royal Air Force College Cranwell is a very famous landmark in Royal Air Force history and at the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum you can discover the base’s history. At Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre find out how life was for trawlermen and their families.
On leaving the centre, embrace the Lincolnshire coastline which offers visitors arcades and fish ‘n’ chips at traditional seaside towns like Skegness and Mablethorpe to waterparks and rollercoasters at Butlin’s and Fantasy Island. Culture buffs can get their fix at The Collection, which brings together an award-winning archaeology museum and the region’s premier art gallery, the Usher Gallery, in the heart of historic Lincoln.
In the north of the county you will find destinations such as Cleethorpes’ Jungle Zoo, Rushmoor Country Park in Louth and Woodside Wildlife Park near Langworth (where a pack of rescued white wolves are among the star attractions). In the south, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park at Friskney is one of the UK’s largest animal sanctuaries. Its residents come from all over the world and include 11 Bengal tigers. In addition, destinations such as Rand Farm Park in Wragby, Tattershall Farm Park near Lincoln, Whisby Garden Centre and Bransby Horses near Saxilby – a rescue centre and retirement home for horses and donkeys – are well worth a visit.
If the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside appeals, there are lots of lovely locations that should be on your must-visit list. Hubbard’s Hills near Louth is an area of natural beauty popular for family picnics, school field trips and dog walking while Whisby Natural World Centre and Hartsholme Country Park, both in Lincoln, offer lakeside walks and play areas for children.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
Dogdyke Rd, Coningsby, Lincoln LN4 4SY
For more than 20 years the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre has been the public’s gateway to the home of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Operating six Spitﬁres, two Hurricanes, Douglas Dakota and the iconic PA474 – Avro Lancaster, you can see these aircrafts in their working environment. The RAF BBMF hangar is located within the boundaries of RAF Coningsby and viewing the flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters is available only by guided tour. Visit website
Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Lincoln Castle has stood for hundreds of years as a symbol of power and seat of justice. Since 2010 the castle has been revealing its hidden history in a £22m restoration. Visit and explore the all-new Lincoln Castle. Scale the heights of the medieval wall walk, follow in the footsteps of prisoners in the Victorian prison, and immerse yourself in the Magna Carta story. Many original features of Lincoln Castle still remain and the wall walks provide visitors with some magnificent views of the cathedral, the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside. Visit website
Hall Farm Park
Caistor Rd, South Kelsey, Market Rasen LN7 6PR
Hall Farm Park is the perfect day out for the whole family. Greet the animals, play in the indoor play barn, zoom down the “snow” slide, climb in the soft play, dig in the sand pit or be a farmer riding the tractors. Beat Farmer Keith’s lap time on the go karts or find the “Pingles” on the woodland walk. You may be lucky enough to take a goat for a walk or have a tractor ride with the farmer (seasonal activity). So memorable and so much fun! Enjoy home-made and locally-produced food in the Select Lincolnshire tea room. Visit website
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AG
Visit the number one tourist attraction in North East Lincolnshire as rated by visitors on Trip Advisor for five consecutive years running! Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways and has been delighting young and old for over 70 years. Not only does the four-mile return journey offer a relaxing way to enjoy beautiful views along the picturesque Humberside Coast, but the line also doubles as a transport link connecting Cleethorpes Promenade with Humberston (near Haven Thorpe Park) via the main station Lakeside. Visit website
Lincoln Boat Trips
Houseboat 17 Campus Way, Lincoln LN6 7WW
With Lincoln Boat Trips you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Lincoln and the countryside from a different perspective. Climb aboard a boat for a 50- to 60-minute guided canal trip, with a very entertaining commentary about Lincoln’s past and present. Enjoy a cruise whatever the weather with inside and outside seating, the lower deck is fully heated, or enjoy a great view from the top deck under canopy. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccinos and chilled soft drinks are served. Visit website
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