Historic Houses & Heritage of Lincolnshire

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Belton House

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as the National Trust’s Belton House near Grantham, a crowning achievement of Restoration country house architecture with important collections of paintings, furniture, tapestries and silver – continue to the centrally located 4* DoubleTree Hilton in Lincoln.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Lincoln, Medieval Bishops’ Palace & Tattershall Castle

Guided walking tour of Lincoln incorporates a visit to the Cathedral, a fine Gothic building dating back to 1088 and reputedly the tallest building in the world for 238 years – the Medieval Bishops’ Palace is set dramatically in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral with a superb contemporary Heritage Garden reflecting its historical setting – the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle, a vast fortified and moated tower built for Ralph Cromwell, Lord Treasurer of England from 1433 to 1443, and restored by Lord Curzon between 1911 and 1914, contains four great chambers with enormous Gothic fireplaces, tapestries and brick vaulting.

Day 3 – Newark on Trent, River Trent cruise, Workhouse at Southwell & Southwell Minster

Time at leisure in Newark on Trent, home to one of the finest Georgian market squares in England – an optional short cruise on the River Trent introduces us to the town and its picturesque surrounding countryside – the National Trust’s Workhouse at Southwell survives from hundreds that once covered the country – our final visit of the day is to Southwell Minster, with a majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house.

Day 4 – Doddington Hall & Gainsborough Old Hall

Doddington Hall is a much loved family home that has never been sold since it was built in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects – Gainsborough Old Hall, partly brick and partly timber framed, is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England and the Old Hall has a kitchen with an enormous fireplace, a noble great hall and an imposing lodgings tower – rest of the day at leisure in Lincoln.

Day 5 – Burghley House

Stop at a convenient property en route home such as Burghley House near Stamford, this largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan age was completed by William Cecil, Lord Burghley, in 1587.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

A full programme of included excursions & guided tours

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Belton House

Guided tour of Lincoln

Medieval Bishops’ Palace

Tattershall Castle

Newark on Trent

Workhouse at Southwell 

Southwell Minster

Doddington Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall

Burghley House


Four nights on half board basis at the 4* DoubleTree Hilton Lincoln. Located just a ten minute walk from the city centre, facilities include a restaurant and bar. All rooms are en suite.

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Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Grimsthorpe Castle & Gardens - dating back to the Tudor period and home of the Willoughby de Eresby family since 1516, the Castle boasts a fine collection of tapestries, furnishings and paintings
  • Gunby Hall & Gardens - the family home of the Massingberds has links to Tennyson, Darwin and Vaughan-Williams and is full of interesting collection pieces amassed from 1700
  • Woolsthorpe Manor near Grantham - this modest 17th century Lincolnshire manor house is the birthplace and family home of Isaac Newton
  • Gunby Hall & Gardens - a beautiful 18th century house with Victorian gardens with links to Tennyson, Darwin and Vaughan- Williams
  • Stamford - renowned as the ‘best stone town in England’, Stamford is architecturally outstanding with numerous medieval buildings, as well as fine Georgian streets and squares

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Historic Houses & Heritage of Lincolnshire

Date of tour: October 2018

Thanks for all your help with our holiday to Lincoln, especially with the changes which had to be made with the weather. Everyone enjoyed the range of visits, from the grandeur of Belton House and Burghley House to the austerity of the Southwell Workhouse. The hotel was very comfortable and they were training new staff, so that we had three times the normal number of waiters, bar staff and waitresses! The coach driver was superb. Very smooth driving, punctual and helpful, with a lovely sense of humour.

SB, Reigate

Date of tour: April 2017

Just a quick note to say everybody and I mean everybody had a brilliant time up in Lincoln. The hotel accommodation, food, service and friendly and helpful staff were second to none, nothing was too much trouble and the location was fantastic. I would highly recommend the hotel, my wife and I are considering a return visit just ourselves and we will stay at the Holiday Inn. All venues visited were excellent and the cruise on the River Trent for the ladies was a big hit especially as the weather throughout the 4 days was very kind. Not one person on the trip complained about ANYTHING!!! and they all said they had a great time. Thank you for all your help, I very much appreciate it. No doubt we will speak again regarding future trips, so once again many thanks for all your help.

KI, Swindon

Date of tour: September 2016

Just to let you know that the holiday in Lincoln went well. We were very lucky with the weather, with lots of sunshine on the first 4 days. The programme worked well on the whole. All the staff at the hotel were extremely helpful and friendly. The bedrooms were all very comfortable. The breakfasts were terrific and I think the evening meals were acceptable. The location of the hotel was good as it was easy to walk into the shopping area of the town. We all thought our coach driver did an excellent job of driving us around and would certainly like to have him for our Bath and Stratford holidays next year. Finally, thank you for all your hard work in organising the holiday and we are looking forward to those planned for next year.

MW, Raynes Park

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • for more (or fewer) days
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