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Lincolnshire cultural attractions

Thousands of years of history combine with a vibrant, modern university city to create a lively cultural scene throughout Lincolnshire. At the heart of the scene is Lincoln and the New Theatre Royal, a Victorian Grade 2-listed venue offering traditional pantomimes, live music and touring shows. Just a stone’s throw from the New Theatre Royal is Lincoln Drill Hall which dates to the 1800s and now features everything from comedy to poetry. Live shows continue at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and The Blue Room, which recently opened in the Lawn on Union Road and aims to provide an adaptable space for music, events and performance. And let’s not forget the imposing Lincoln Cathedral, otherwise known as Lincoln Minster, or the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln and sometimes St Mary’s Cathedral. The seat of the Anglican Bishop of Lincoln, construction of the Cathedral began in 1072 and continued on through the High Middle Ages.

In the south of Lincolnshire, visitors can explore the site which inspired one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons. Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe Manor in 1642 and this is now a National Trust property to celebrate the famous mathematician and physicist. Newton made some of his greatest scientific discoveries, including the Law of Gravity, at this manor house and its gardens.

A former jail and town hall is now showcasing arts and culture. Grantham Guildhall, which was commissioned in 1886, is now one of the county’s premier arts venues. One of the stunning features of this venue is the oil portrait of Lady Huntingtower. The painting is believed to have been created by Jean Laurent Mosnier and features Catherine Manners – it now adorns the ballroom staircase. Films, music and plays all feature on the programme. And good behaviour is encouraged by a life size cut out of Britain’s first police woman to have full powers of arrest, Edith Smith. She was based at the site when the jail was brought back into use during the First World War.

Our picks

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum & Gardens

Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA

A visit to Ayscoughfee Hall Museum & Gardens is a chance to experience different architectural styles and features from the Medieval to the Victorian along with unique garden features. A visit is an opportunity to come face to face with some of the people that lived there, and to discover what their lives were like. The Museum also tells the story of the historic town of Spalding and the surrounding Fenlands. Visit website

Gainsborough Heritage Centre
Victorian shop

12 North St, Gainsborough DN21 2HS

The mission of Gainsborough Heritage Centre is to protect, preserve and promote the towns rich and vibrant heritage for future generations. You will find an extensive archive of local history information, including a research service available as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions that promote the town’s heritage. Visit website

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Burton Rd, Lincoln LN1 3LY

Discover a cornucopia of yesteryear at the largest and most diverse community museum in Lincolnshire, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. The rich and varied social history collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and military life. Visit website

The National Centre for Craft & Design
National Centre for Craft and Design

Navigation Wharf, Carre St, Sleaford NG34 7TW

The National Centre for Craft & Design is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design. Under one roof, the five gallery spaces showcase up to 20 world-class exhibitions every year from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent. Visit website

National Civil War Centre
Civil war

14 Appleton Gate, Newark NG24 1JY

Plunge deep into the heart of Britain’s deadliest conflict! Discover this fascinating era in British history, seeing stories of gunpowder, plague and plot as you walk through fantastic galleries. With real objects, digital interactives, large screen cinema and costumes and armour for all to try, the National Civil War Centre makes a great day out for all ages! Visit website

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Image credits: ©Chris Keats/Unsplash; Chris Vaughan Photography/North Kesteven District Council; Snapvision/Tony Baggett/; Visit Lincoln

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