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Grimsthorpe Castle

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Grimsthorpe is great for families with young children, with miles of traffic-free trails, a woodland adventure playground and plenty of fresh air. There is a tearoom, a gift shop and extensive gardens - along with a castle to visit that has over 500 years of family stories to tell.

Where is Grimsthorpe Castle located?

Grimsthorpe Castle is 10 minutes' drive from the A1 in Lincolnshire, on the A151 and close to Stamford, Bourne and Grantham. Follow the brown tourist signs from the A1 mini roundabouts at the A151 junction.

What is the history of Grimsthorpe Castle to the present day?

Built for a visit by Henry VIII in 1541, it replaced an earlier fortified lookout tower. The first view that visitors have of the castle is the impressive North Front, rebuilt by Sir John Vanbrugh in the 1720s. It has been home to the Willoughby de Eresby family since it was built and is still a lived-in family home.

What is there to see and do at Grimsthorpe Castle?

Walk or cycle in the park, explore the woodland area that includes a large adventure playground and sample local food in the tearoom, and Lincolnshire ice cream in the shop. Stroll in the large gardens, take a picnic on the lawns, and tour the castle and find out about the stories it has to tell.

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Disabled Access

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Extra info

Open Times: Castle: Apr & May Thu, Sun & BH Mons, Jun to Sep Thu to Sun 13:00-18:00. Last admission 16:30. Park & Gardens: 11:00-18:00.

Price Details: Castle, Park & Garden: Adult £13.00, Child (5-16) £5.50, Concession £12.00, Family (2+3) £31.50. Park & Garden: Adult £7.00, Child £3.00, Concession £6.00, Family (2+3) £17.00.Season Tickets available.

Arrival information and directions

Address: Bourne, Lincolnshire, BournePE10 0LZ, United Kingdom

On the A151, ten minutes drive from the A1.

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