5 days from £319 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Join us on a 5-day tour of Lincolnshire, steeped in heritage and history. We enjoy a guided tour of the medieval city of Lincoln, including visits to the 11th century Norman castle and gothic cathedral. Our tour allows us to explore the grandeur of 16th century Burghley House and see a Lancaster Bomber at the WWII Aviation Heritage Centre. We also explore the National Trust property of Belton House and visit the nearby town of Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pies and stilton.
We travel to Lincolnshire by our coach, and visit the National Trust property of Belton House. Begun for Sir John Brownlow in 1685, Belton’s impressive estate was created by leading artists and craftsmen. The house contains one of the most significant silver collections in the country and the second largest library held by the National Trust. The house is set in 36 acres of formal gardens and 1300 acres of deer park. We continue to our hotel to check-in and have dinner.
After breakfast we enjoy a morning walking tour of Lincoln. Archaeologists have discovered that Lincoln dates back to the Iron Age, with round wooden dwellings buried deep beneath the later Roman and medieval ruins. The Romans conquered this part of Britain in 48AD and built a legionary fortress here. Visitors can view the Newport Arch, a 3rd century Roman arch that’s still standing. We have free time for lunch and spend the afternoon visiting the Cathedral and castle. John Ruskin declared the Cathedral of Lincoln to be the out and out most precious piece of architecture the British Isles has. Guides are on-hand to provide an insight into the history and architecture of this beautiful place of worship. In 1068 William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle and it is now home to the Magna Carta dating back to 1215 and the Charter of the Forest. We return to our hotel for dinner.
This morning we visit the Aviation Heritage Centre, the only place in the country to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield. The museum includes an original control tower restored to show visitors what an operational tower was like, and a home front exhibition where visitors can experience a mock air raid. The evocative memorial chapel commemorates the 848 personnel who gave their lives from this airfield during WWII. This afternoon we head to the National Trust property of Gunby Hall & Gardens. With links to Tennyson, Darwin and Vaughan-Williams there is much to discover at the 18th century home of the Massingberd family. Gunby Hall’s modest-sized rooms are full of character and display a collection of artwork amassed over generations from 1700 until 1963. We return to our hotel for dinner.
This morning we visit the nearby market town of Melton Mowbray. Promoted as the ‘rural capital of food’, Melton Mowbray is best known for its culinary specialities, including the eponymous pork pie and one of the five homes of Stilton cheese. Tuesday has been a market day ever since royal approval was given in 1324, and Melton has been a market town for over 1,000 years, making it the third oldest in England. This afternoon we head to Burghley House. Burghley House was built in the 16th century for Sir William Cecil, the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. Its suites are remodelled in the Baroque style with carvings by Grinling Gibbons. The house was originally built in the shape of the letter E in honour of the Queen, but is now missing its north-west wing which was demolished in order to provide better views of the parkland. Many of the delicately painted walls and ceilings were done by Antonio Verrio, and portraits of the Cecil family, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell hang in the Pagoda room. We return to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast we check out of our hotel rooms and travel back to our local area, visiting a National Trust property of choice enroute.
The exact order of excursions is subject to change.
The Urban Hotel Grantham
The 4* Urban Hotel is located in the market town of Grantham. Its Bar & Grill serves modern European and international cuisine at dinner and a full buffet breakfast each morning. Facilities include a health club with pool, and jacuzzi. All bedrooms are equipped with satellite TV, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 4 nights half-board accommodation
• Welcome drink
• Tea & coffee after dinner
• Excursions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Entry to National Trust properties for non-members
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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