Explore the Area

Relax, unwind and discover the hidden gems of Lincolnshire

Nestled on the Lincolnshire Coast, Richmond Holiday Centre in Skegness is the ideal base for your holiday home. With stunning scenery and countryside to roam, get your walking boots at the ready. For those who prefer a two-wheeled adventure, explore the area by bike or one of the myriad of cycle routes.  There's also no shortage of beautiful coastline waiting for you - beach days, picnics and more. 

Whatever you choose to do, this stretch of the Lincolnshire coast offers many lovely days out, all easily reached on foot, by car or nearby public transport. Speak to our team and they can advise on the best places to go to find out-of-the-way places and hidden gems as well as top attractions and local hot spots.  

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Walkers Paradise

Welcome to perfect walking country, from leisurely strolls to serious treks, hillside walks to country ambles. See the best of the Wolds along the 76-mile Lincolnshire Wolds Way circular trail and give the local produce a try as you ramble from pub to pub, or join the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival where you can choose from over 100 walks with something to suit all abilities.  

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Scenic Trails

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the landscape of the Wolds. With some great cycle routes, there has never been a better time to be enticed by Lincolnshire’s beauty for an active weekend break.  Grab your bike, get out on the open road and twist and turn along the exciting trails.

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Seacroft Golf Club

Established in 1895 Seacroft is known as a hidden gem among the top courses of Great Britain and Ireland.  A traditional links course, it’s adjacent to the Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve with glorious views over the Wash to the Norfolk coast.  The championship course plays host to several amateur championships but as a member’s owned club it also prides itself on being suitable for golfers of all abilities.

Drummond Road, Seacroft, Skegness, PE25 3AU
01754 763020

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Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park

Explore the wilder and more natural coast at Theddlethorpe, Sandilands and Anderby Creek, a bolthole coastal village and home to one of Lincolnshire’s most stunning sandy beaches. Grab your binoculars and see if you can spot some of the millions of birds that migrate to our coast from across the globe at the Round and Round House. Alternatively, take a seat at the Cloud Bar, one of the UK’s first purpose-built cloud viewing platform and sit back, relax and admire the cloud formations as they drift overhead.

01522 782070

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Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

Get up close and personal with the sheer scale of bird species that descend on the reserve. In the summer rare little terns can be seen fishing in the shallows and skylarks can be seen in full song above the purple haze of the saltmarshes. After wildlife spotting, take some time out to explore the footpaths around the reserve before heading to the visitor centre for a well-earned pitstop in the café, which serves an array of local produce.

Gibraltar Road, Skegness, PE24 4ST
01754 898057

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Donna Nook Nature Reserve

Explore extensive dunes and shore between North Somercotes and Saltfleet, rich in birds and wildlife and renowned for being one of the best places in the UK to spot grey seals.  In winter there is a breeding colony of grey seals, with more than 2000 pups born annually.  A viewing area at the foot of the sand dunes reduces disturbance to the seals and ensures the safety of visitors.

Marsh Lane, Louth, LN11 7PD

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North Sea Observatory

At Chapel Point, the UK’s first purpose-built coastal marine observatory, enjoy panoramic views out to sea through the geometric shapes and large windows. Spot the beautiful wildlife in their natural habitats as you stand high above the sand dunes, before exploring inside the centre which boasts an exhibition area, art space and a café. Head outside and enjoy a nice quiet walk along the beach which also serves as an impressive gateway to the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park.

Chapel St Leonard’s, Skegness, PE24 5XA
01522 552222
 

 

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Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve

The attractive valleys of Snipe Dales, fretted by streams, offer wonderful views of the southern Lincolnshire Wolds. The reserve has one of the few surviving semi-natural wet valley systems, while the Country Park offers mixed woodland walks. This diversity supports a wide range of birds and other wildlife including butterflies and dragonflies. 

Spilsby, PE23 4JB
01507 588401

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RSPB Freiston Shore

Great for families and lovers of nature, explore the wilderness of The Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife, where you can get excellent views of large groups of waders on the salt water lagoon at high tide. Tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks are common around the reserve throughout the year, with mad march hares in spring, ringed plovers in summer and brent geese and hunting harriers in winter.

Freiston, Boston, PE22 0LY
01205 724678

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RSPB Frampton Marsh Nature Reserves

Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh provides close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe's most special places for wildlife. Avocets, redshanks, skylarks and whimbrels can all be seen in summer, with thousands of ducks gathering on the freshwater scrapes in winter.

Roads Farmhouse, Frampton Roads, Boston, PE20 1AY
01205 724678

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Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

On summer operating days you can ride in a historic railway carriages, pulled by either one of the historic diesel locomotives, or on steam days  by the Peckett steam locomotive "Jurassic". The diesel locos are based on designs for WW1 trench railways, which later powered transport for agriculture and industry throughout Lincolnshire and the wider world. The steam locomotive "Jurassic" was built in 1903 and spent her working life at a cement works in Southam, near Rugby. Following restoration at the LCLR she returned to steam in mid 2017.

Ingoldmells, PE25 1JF

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Burgh le Marsh Heritage Centre

The Dobsons Windmill is a unique five sailed Victorian windmill. Volunteers set sail every weekend if the wind is right. Guided tours are given. the Granary tearooms serves homemade cakes and drinks. the history of Burgh le Marsh ican be viewed via a Time Line Display in the upstairs Heritage Centre. Other display areas show the history of milling and baking.

Burgh le Marsh PE24 5JZ

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Bateman’s Brewery Visitor Centre

One of the country's oldest family breweries based in a windmill, dating back two centuries and overlooking the River Steeping. Enjoy tours of the Victorian brewhouse, the 'virtual reality' walk round, the world's largest bottled beer collection and indoor games area. Beer garden, shop and 'windmill bar'.

Salem Bridge Brewery, Mill Lane, Wainfleet All Saints, PE24 4JE
01754 882000

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Gunby Estate, Hall & Gardens

Just 7 miles from Skegness is The National Trust’s 18th century Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, home to the Massingberd family from 1700 until 1967. The Hall has three floors to explore while outside the gardens are full of colour. Paths across the park & estate offer gentle strolls as well as longer walks, where you can tread the footsteps of Gunby’s former guests including Lord Alfred Tennyson and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. The tea-room offers cakes, sweet treats, savoury snacks and hot and cold drinks. 

Spilsby, PE23 5SS
01754 890102

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Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum set up over 20 years ago.  It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2 and holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in its collection along with many wartime vehicles including a Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the only one of its kind known in existence.  Free parking.

East Kirkby, Spilsby, PE23 4DE
01790 763207

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Northcote Heavy Horse Centre

A popular visitors centre and attraction for the past 25 years, offering a very unique opportunity to get up close to the horses and even lead or groom them and experience real hands on time with a horse.  Many visitors feel the horses have a very calm, relaxing and soothing effect on them. To help raise vital funds they organise larger special events such as their popular Medieval Tournaments where their very own horses train and take part in Medieval Riding skills and more.

Sandy Lane, Spilsby, PE23 5PS
07899 815960

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Maud Foster Mill

A seven-storey, five sail windmill, one of the largest operating windmills in England being 80 feet tall to the cap ball.   Built in1819 to grind corn brought by barge along the Maud Foster Drain, it is still producing stone-ground organic flour today. Climb to the top of the mill and see the machinery and millstones at work and enjoy amazing views from the outside balcony. In the Mill Shop you’ll find stoneground flour, porridge oats, local history books and souvenirs.

16 Willoughby Road, Boston, PE21 9EG
01205 352188

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Tattershall Castle

Built by Ralph, Lord Cromwell (Treasurer of England) in the 1440’s, the Castle is one of the earliest & the finest surviving examples of English medieval brickwork. Explore all six floors from underground in the basement to the battlements at the very top, take the winding staircase, wander through vast echoing chambers and walk out onto the battlements overlooking of the Lincolnshire countryside. There’s also a gift shop, second hand bookshop and tea room and whilst in Tattershall why not take time to visit the Church of Holy Trinity and learn more about the history of the folk legend Tom Thumb.

Sleaford Road, Tattershall, LN4 4LR
01526 342543

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Alford Manor House Museum, Tea Rooms and Gardens

Situated in the beautiful market town of Alford, the house, dating from 1611, is reputedly the largest thatched manor house in the country and is a perfect example of Georgian and Victorian design.  Visitors can also explore the Hackett Barn Museum, which houses over 300 years worth of Alford's historic artefacts.  No trip to Alford is complete without a visit to the Five Sailed Windmill, which is considered to be the finest in England and still in use today.

West Street, Alford, LN13 9HT
01507 463073

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Home to the only fully operational Lancaster Bomber in the country, this is a unique partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and the Royal Air Force, providing an opportunity to see the historic aircraft at close quarters and to observe the RAF BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition.   Gift shop, tea room, free parking and viewing by guided tour only.

Dogdyke Road, Coningsby, LN4 4SY
01522 782040

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Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum

The Museum is housed in a rare Victorian corrugated iron bungalow, home to the Wield family from 1887 to 1964 & an early example of a pre-fabricated building. Alongside countless artefacts of the age it also houses John Wield's extensive photographic archive of life in Woodhall Spa and pick up a souvenir or two in the gift shop.  Whilst in the village why not take time to visit the Petwood Hotel, originally the home of the famous 617 Dambusters Squadron, where memorabilia from the squadron is on display in the Dambusters Bar.

Iddesleigh Road, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6SH
01526 352456

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Louth Museum

The iconic spire of St James’ Church, the tallest medieval parish church spire in the country, towers above the Wolds in the historic market town of Louth, rich in Georgian architecture and home to the Louth Museum. There are four galleries, a library and a gift shop. The Tardis outside Louth Museum tells you that there's far more inside than you imagine and tells the history of Louth, with artefacts from ancient fossils and mammoths' teeth to a scale model of Louth's Malt Kiln (demolished in 2015).  

4 Broadbank, Louth, LN11 0EQ
01507 601211

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LOUTH

Louth is a busy market town located on the River Lud, with a maze of narrow streets and its skyline dominated by the 295ft spire of the 15th Century St James' Church. On the edge of town is Hubbard's Hills, a pretty valley and parkland, with a riverside setting that is perfect for picnics. As well as the street and farmers markets, there are lots of shops, cafes, tearooms, pubs and restaurants, plus the Louth Museum & Wyvale Garden Centre are worth a visit.

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ALFORD

On the edge of the Wolds, Alford is a charming market town & craft centre. Craftspeople & artisans flock to the town to demonstrate their skills at the seasonal festivals and weekly craft markets held during the summer. Alford also features the Five Sailed Windmill, a rural gem six stories high, and home to an antiques shop & tearoom, plus there's the Alford Manor House, reputedly the largest thatched Manor House in the country, originally built in 1611 and open to visitors.

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HORNCASTLE

Located at the south-west foot of the Wolds, Horncastle is a bustling & attractive market town, renowned for its antique shops. It features some notable historic buildings and attractions, including Banovallum House, home to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; Bolingbroke Castle; Stockwith Mill; Tattershall Castle and the 12th century Church of St Mary. The Snipe Dales Country Park can also be found nearby.

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BOSTON

Boston is an historic and attractive market which is dominated by the 14th century St Botolph's Church whose 271ft high tower is a landmark for miles around. Other key attractions include the Customs House, Maud Foster Windmill, Pilgrim Father's Memorial and Hussey Tower. Plus you'll find the Frampton Shore & Freiston Shore Reserves

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CAISTOR

A lovely Georgian town that dates back to Roman times, Caistor has 56 listed buildings and a very active Civic Society organise walks around the town giving fascinating information about the town's history and pointing out things of special interest.  You can also find many places to eat as well as places of interest including Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre, a renovated Methodist Chapel, where you can find detailed histories of the town, exhibitions and a café serving homemade food, hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes.

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MARKET RASEN

A bustling market town on the western fringe of the Lincolnshire Wolds, famous for having the only racecourse in Lincolnshire.  It is composed mainly of red brick buildings, with the historic town centre being largely Georgian and Victorian and the parish church is medieval, but was much restored in the Victorian period. The town is popular with walkers and there are great routes and trails just five minutes stroll from the town centre, or join Race Heritage who organise walks around the town pointing out the history and various buildings.  

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ADDLETHORPE

Situated three miles north of Skegness in an area which was once salt marsh, its name derives from Eardwulfthorp, the Old Scandinavian for "hamlet of Eardwulf", and is referred to in the Domesday Book as Arduluetorp. The parish church of St Nicholas was built between 1360 and 1420. 

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ANDERBY

The long narrow village of Anderby is situated 10 miles north of Skegness next to the hamlet of Anderby Creek where the North Sea foreshore is lined with dunes of up to 20ft high with paths leading to the flat sandy beach.  In the early part of the last century bricks were made here. The local church is dedicated to St Andrew.  One of its main visitor attractions, apart from the beach, is the Anderby Drainage Museum at the Old Pumping Station.

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WAINFLEET

Wainfleet is thought to have been the Roman settlement of Vannona, at the sea end of the Salters Way which linked the Midlands to the coast.  The town’s most celebrated son, William of Waynflete, who built Magdalen College, Oxford and was tutor to Edward, Prince of Wales was born here in the late 14th century.  In the marketplace stands a medieval knob cross and the clocktower built in 1899. The renowned local ale Batemans is brewed here.

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BURGH LE MARSH

This once Roman settlement and thriving market town is situated about 6 miles west of Skegness.  The skyline is dominated by the  parish church of St.Peter and St.Paul and the giant sails of the early 19th-century Windmill which is known locally as Dobson's Mill. The five-sailed mill incorporates a Milling Museum in the former granary.  Gunby Hall, which referred to by Tennyson as "a haunt of ancient peace", is situated 3 miles north-west. It has over 1400 acres of grounds including formal gardens, and within the Hall there is fine period furniture and portraits by Reynolds, as well as many other interesting features.

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SPILSBY

A delightful market town on the southern Wolds, Spilsby was home to the famous arctic explorer Sir John Franklin who disappeared in 1847 trying to navigate a section of the North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic. For those wanting to explore a little more of the town’s history then a visit to St James’ Church is worthwhile, which displays valuables from the Willoughby de Eresby family, who used to own the entire town. A traditional market is held every Monday.

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WOODHALL SPA

Regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Lincolnshire, this delightful spa town still retains a feeling of Edwardian gentility. Step back in time at the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum, created to preserve the rich history of the village. Visitors can also visit the Petwood Hotel, originally the home of the famous 617 Dambusters. Squadron where memorabilia from the squadron is on display in the Dambusters Bar.

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The Vine

Set in the 18th century Vine Hotel, surrounded by picturesque gardens, you’ll find a cosy, friendly atmosphere and a varied menu using fresh local produce.  There are also two bars offering casual meals, light snacks and traditional local ales.  Just a 20 minute walk from the lively Grand Parade.

Vine Road, Skegness, PE25 3DB
0333 003 5272 

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The Olive

A cosy and relaxed restaurant offering Mediterranean food.

Roman Bank, Skegness, PE25 2SW
01754 765825 

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The Barley Mow

A family run country pub & restaurant, just 8 miles from Skegness, serving a fantastic range of fresh food & drinks.  Or pop in and enjoy a coffee and a pub-made pudding.  Everyone is welcome.

Sea Lane, Friskney, PE22 8SD
01754 820883

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San Rufos

A family friendly restaurant with a diverse and varied menu which caters for all tastes.

Skegness, PE25 1SD
01754 612100 

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Tarantinos

Enjoy an authentic taste of Italy!  You’ll be spoilt for choice with their mouth-watering Italian dishes, including freshly-prepared pizza with daily specials of fresh fish and meat.

Drummond Road, Skegness, PE25 3EB
01754 767866

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Marios

Delicious Italian food and drink. 

Skegness, PE25 2RA
01754 761122

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Lusso by Lanzetta

The perfect place to relax and enjoy everything from freshly ground coffee, a delicious breakfast, traditional afternoon tea, delicious sandwiches and some of the most authentic Italian dishes.

Skegness, PE25 3NG
01754 611444

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Poplar Farm

A warm welcome awaits from this family run eatery overlooking open fields in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Addlethorpe, PE24 4TG
01754 765174 

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The Lakes Restaurant

A beautiful setting, nestled in the heart of Burgh Le Marsh.

Skegness Road, Burgh-le-marsh, PE24 5LN
01754 8111984/820883 

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Burgh Windmill Restaurant

Award winning restaurant, offering fresh local dishes cooked to order and delicious homemade
desserts. 

Burgh le Marsh PE24 5JZ
01754 810281

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