Busy market towns, seaside resorts, quaint villages and affordable house prices...it must be Lincolnshire!
Lincolnshire sits on the east coast of England. It’s a mainly rural county with a few major urban areas, including the city of Lincoln and the towns of Boston, Market Rasen, Horncastle, Sleaford, Stamford and Grantham – where Margaret Thatcher was born. You can find out more about the city of Lincoln with our guide.
The county’s open countryside, rivers and seaside hotspots mean you can enjoy the best of rural and coastal life.
Current average prices are £188,000, well below the prices seen across the rest of England. You can check up-to-date prices here.
Living in Lincolnshire: what to expect
Lincolnshire is known for the Fens, a flat marshland. But it also boasts the Lincolnshire Wolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a scenic coastline, picturesque waterways and farmland punctuated with windmills.
Outdoor pursuits, such as cycling, walking and riding, as well as country sports, including shooting and fishing, are all popular.
The county has a strong emphasis on tradition and history too – it is home to many medieval manor houses, historic towns and ancient woodland.
If you love period property, you’ll find plenty of Georgian and Victorian homes, stone cottages and farmhouses alongside the more modern homes.
The county is also home to its fair share of quirky markets and festivals, such as the Scarecrow Festival and the Sausage Festival.
Independent shops – many of which still close on Sundays – and street markets are common fixtures.
And the lack of major roads adds to the sense of seclusion.
Where to start your property search
Urban living: Lincoln is a good place to start. Uphill is the most sought-after and expensive area of the city. You’ll find large detached homes on Nettleham Road, and homes with panoramic views of the cathedral quarter on Ventnor Terrace. Alternatively, check out the new luxury apartments in the city centre and Brayford Waterfront.
Caistor is an attractive market town in the midst of the Wolds. Hunt for cottages on Nettleton Road, or opt for a Victorian or Georgian property on High Street or Market Place.
If you have your eye on a period property, it’s worth considering Spalding, where there are Georgian terraced homes and tree-lined walks along the River Welland. Secure a view of the river with a property on Double Street, or a terraced house on London Road.
Also look for character townhouses in the town of Stamford, a 30-minute drive from Peterborough. Try St Peter’s Street, St Leonard’s Street, Mountbatten Avenue and Eight Acres. For new-build homes take a look at Lamberts Place or Stamford Manor.
Rural living: Woodhall Spa is a popular village on the edge of the Wolds and surrounded by pine woods. You’ll find terraced cottages on Albany Road, and large Victorian semis on Iddesleigh Road. Apartments, including penthouses, can also be found in areas, such as Bennetts Mill Close.
Search Brant Broughton for houses from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Period cottages can be found along High Street and Church Walk.
Nine miles south of Lincoln is the village of Navenby. Listed stone properties are available on Church Lane and more modern detached properties on Heath Road.
If you want a village in or around the Wolds, put Tetford, Tealby and Walesby on your list. Large cottages, period homes and spacious detached family properties are all on the market in these quaint villages.
Coastal living: For a home by the sea, head to Mablethorpe. Large homes with period features can be seen on George Street while substantial Victorian terraces are available on High Street. If you’d prefer a bungalow, take a look at The Drive or Seacroft Road.
Skegness is another coastal property hotspot. Make the most of seaside living in a substantial detached home on Lifeboat Avenue, or get a house with a sea view on Drummond Road.
Getting around Lincolnshire
There are no direct trains to London, so travellers must change at Newark or Peterborough in order to reach the capital. The whole journey takes two hours.
By car: The M180 passes across the top of north Lincolnshire while the A1 skirts around the west of the area. The latter road heads towards London and also provides access to the A14.
By air: The closest airport is Humberside Airport, where you can catch flights to destinations, such as Majorca, Amsterdam, Jersey and Naples.
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport is also easy to reach. It has flights to UK and European destinations as well as some cities in the US and Canada.
Things to do in Lincolnshire
History: See an original copy of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle. The castle was built in 1068 and has tours of both the towers and the dungeons.
Visit Lincoln Cathedral to learn more about its gothic architecture and history. A roof tour will allow you to see the inner workings of the structure, while a tower tour will give you great views over Lincolnshire. Look out for the imp while you are looking round.
Admire Elizabethan architecture at Burghley House, the home of Elizabeth I’s chief councillor William Cecil. Take a tour around the house and then stretch your legs in the parkland, which was designed by Capability Brown. If you’re interested in equine sport, make sure you attend the annual Burghley Horse Trials.
Explore Woolsthorpe Manor to learn about Isaac Newton. This farmhouse was where he worked on his law of gravity, and it features the same breed of apple tree that triggered his investigations. You can try your own hand at science in the accompanying Science Centre.
Outdoors: Head to Skegness to enjoy the sand and sea. This Blue Flag beach has donkey rides as well as a pier for evening walks.
If you want to see seals, take a look at Mablethorpe’s Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre. Check out the seal pools and seabird aviary to learn about what this charity does to help the animals.
You can also see seals at the Donna Nook National Nature Reserve. Every November and December the grey seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes, so make sure you plan a visit at the right time.
To burn off some energy, follow one of the trails around the Wolds.
Shopping: Head to Lincoln to explore more than 200 independent shops and high street stores. Browse around Bailgate Shopping Centre for boutiques, or head to Steep Hill and The Strait for antiques and vintage shops.
Alternatively, visit St Marks Shopping Centre and Waterside Shopping Centre for major brands.
At Christmas, get in the festive spirit by visiting Lincoln’s annual Christmas market. It’s set in a medieval square and has stalls selling gifts and food.
Culture: Watch a performance at Lincoln Theatre Royal. It hosts plays, musicals, dance and fashion shows in its traditional Victorian setting.
You can also spend an evening at The Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham. This intimate venue has children’s theatre and community performances in addition to drama and music shows.
Food and drink: Get to know the secrets behind Bateman’s beer by taking a tour around its brewery. Take a look at the traditional Victorian brewing house and compare it with the modern equivalent. Finish up your visit with a taste of the craft beer.
If you’d like to learn about micro-breweries, visit Bluebell Brewery. This small beer producer operates out of a former potato packing shed in Spalding. Take a seat in the Bluebell Inn afterwards to sample the home-made brews.
Tuck into cake and pudding at Rising Café in Lincoln. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try a variation of the classic Afternoon Tea, such as the Mexican-inspired version.
For classic pub food and real local ales, book a table at Hare and Hounds in Fulbeck. This seventeenth century pub has blazing log fires in winter and serves food made from local ingredients.
Relax with friends at The Wine Bar in Stamford. This modern bar has a large selection of drinks, including its own gin – The Stamford Dry. Sit outside in the garden under the patio heaters and blankets to enjoy the evening air year-round.
Follow in the footsteps of the officers of the ‘Dambusters’ 617 Squadron and visit the Squadron Bar in the Petwood Hotel at Woodhall Spa. The officers often came to drink at the hotel in between missions during World War II, and the hotel celebrates their custom with plenty of memorabilia.
5 reasons to live in Lincolnshire
- Affordable housing
- Picturesque rural setting
- Coastal living
- Historic market towns and quaint villages
- Lots of independent shops