These attractions near Lincoln should not be missed.
Mrs Smith's Cottage
The cottage is located in Navenby 10 miles south of Lincoln and is an example of what a loving community can do when it decides to preserve a gem. Home to Hilda Craven, Mrs. Smith, for over 70 years, it is believed to have been built in the mid 19th century. Mrs. Smith didn't believe in "unnecessary" changes and this has resulted in the cottage being a time-capsule for life in years gone by. The only modernization done on the property was electricity and a cold water tap. The bedrooms can only be accessed by a steep ladder.
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When Mrs. Smith died at the age of 102, the village took over the task of turning the cottage into a museum. All of the furnishings and artefacts belonged to Mrs. Smith and are in their original places including her favorite chair and shawl beside the range.
The museum is run by volunteers and opening times vary. If you plan a visit it is best to call the Sleaford Tourist Information Center (01529) 414 294. It is generally open on Sundays and Bank Holidays but during the summer months it can be open other days as well.
An Elizabethan House built in 1600 and decorated in the Georgian style. It has extensive gardens which include a walled kitchen garden open to visitors for the first time in 2007. It would be a wonderful place for a wedding and wedding packages are offered which include the reception and/or dinner. There is a farm shop and restaurant on the property.
Doddington Hall is one of the best attractions near Lincoln to visit during December. The house is open on weekends in December so you can see the Christmas decor. The farm shop has Christmas decorations for sale from all over the world. You can buy your Christmas tree here which is actually grown on the estate and cut daily so you know it is fresh.
House and Gardens are open Wednesdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays from 1 pm to 5 pm May through September. Doddington Hall is five miles West of Lincoln on the B1190.
Woodside Falconry and Conservation Center
Here you can see many different kinds of birds of prey, experience pig racing, visit a tropical butterfly house, and fish for rainbow trout in a small lake. You can also take a walk in the line woods. It is open seven days a week from February to October 10 am to 5:30 pm. Located on the A158 five miles east of Lincoln.
Sleaford is 18 miles south of Lincoln and 14 miles northeast of Grantham. There is evidence that the history of this picturesque town goes back to the Bronze Age. Archeology excavations have found an Anglo-Roman cemetery and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. The center of the town is dominated by St. Denys Church, built about 1180 AD.
One big reason to go to Sleaford is The Hub, another of the great attractions near Lincoln. Converted from the old Hubbard Seed warehouse, The Hub is England's largest display space for contemporary crafts. Three exhibitions run at a time with various themes. Short courses in different craft skills are offered for adults and on weekends and school holidays arts and crafts projects are offered for young people. Artists and crafts people sell their work on commission in The Hub Shop. There is a cafe on the ground floor and you can sit outside by the river. There is wheelchair access to all floors. To get there follow the signs posted in town.
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Cogglesford Mill, another of the great attractions near Lincoln, is on the banks of the Slea River and is a restored and working water mill. Millers have been milling on this site for a thousand years. A Roman road crossed the river nearby. The present mill was built in 1750. The flour that is ground in the mill is sold at the Sleaford Tourist Information Center. The mill is open to the public every day 12 noon to 4 pm in the summer months. In the winter it is open on weekends only from 12 noon to 4 pm.
I hope you have a good time visiting these attractions near Lincoln.