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Lincolnshire covers a great swathe of green and pleasant countryside from lush, rolling farmland to the dead flatness of the fens, via peaceful waterways. Despite Lincolnshire's beauty, this is a lightly populated county, just sprinkled with old, stone market towns and little seaside resorts. The best places to stay in Lincolnshire include charming old coaching inns and country house hotels worthy of their own period drama.

Several of Lincolnshire's main sights can be found, unsurprisingly, in Lincoln. First there's the magnificent cathedral and Lincoln Castle, one of the first built by William the Conqueror.

Lincolnshire is also proud to be the birthplace of Isaac Newton - he was born at Woolsthorpe Manor, just south of Grantham, and has a number of exceptional stately homes. Also close to Grantham you'll find one of the most recognisable, Restoration darling, Belton House, star of the BBC's Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

Lincolnshire is also famous for its place in aviation history. RAF Scrampton, near Lincoln was the home of the 617 Squadron, later known as the Dambusters, and is now the present home of the Red Arrows.

Lincolnshire is home to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Centre, which is where you can see the famous display team which includes one of only two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers, a Spitfire and a Hurricane. And to the award winning Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Lincolnshire are popular establishments, so we'd recommend you book early if you want to bag a bed in one of these.

The Best Places to Stay in Lincolnshire

  • The Bull & Swan is an ancient coaching inn with just seven rooms in the charming market town of Stamford. The food is good and the rooms are more modern than you'd expect from the beautiful old facade. And you're on the grounds of the Burghley Estate, so it's just a short stroll to Burghley House.
  • Also in Stamford, on the Burghley Estate, The William Cecil is a refurbished country house with decor that blends quirkiness and splendour. The 27 rooms are all different, but the food is consistently good.

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  • The Brownlow Arms


    A charming country inn set in the picturesque Lincoln village of Hough-on-the-Hill. Elegant rooms have been sympathetically refurbished by the owners leaving a classic British pub feel. The surrounding countryside offers a host of historical sights. The food alone makes the pub well worth a visit.

    7 rooms from $90
    Sights nearby  -  Lincoln Cathedral & Bailgate is a grand Gothic Cathedral, nestled in the cobbled bailgate area overlooking the city of Lincoln
    Great walks  -  Take a walk in the National Trust's Belton House grounds
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Bull & Swan


    Ancient coaching inn of just seven rooms on the Burghley Estate in a charming market town. Good food and elegant bedrooms.

    7 rooms from $128
    Sights nearby  -  Burghley House within a cross country walk
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Rest

    Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Chic B&B providing a warm friendly welcome with Bar and coffee house serving delicious snacks. Situated between Lincoln's gorgeous Cathedral and the Castle. Ideal spot for making the most of this medieval historic city centre.

    10 rooms from $153
    Sights nearby  -  round the corner from Lincoln Cathedral
    Local markets  -  One of Europes most largest Christmas markets.
    Four poster beds  -  Garden room
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • The William Cecil


    A 2011 refurbishment of a small country house hotel on the Burghley House Estate, close to the A1. Shabby chic grafted onto good food and new, young staff. Cosy and quirky.

    27 rooms from $167
    Sights nearby  -  Burghley House close by
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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