Attractions In The Surrounding Areas
Whether you’re visiting from abroad or a full time resident of England, you’ll be sure to find plenty to keep the whole family entertained in the surrounding areas of Manor Barn.
Belton House is owned by the National Trust, and is a grand country house estate set in its own beautiful deer park. Belton was constructed in the late 17th Century for Sir John Brownlow and today offers a host of activities: discover a wealth of wildlife in the parkland, let your children burn off their energy in Lincolnshire’s largest adventure playground. Enjoy the beautiful seasonal gardens and the Lakeshore. There are various events scheduled from April to September. Please see their website for up to date details. From Manor Barn it takes approx 20mins.
Tel: 01476 566116 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Lincoln city is well worth a visit. It is steeped in Roman and Medieval history. It has a magnificent Cathedral which lies in an elevated position overlooking the city of Lincoln. This cathedral dates back to 1092 and is the 3rd largest in Britain. Lincoln castle is another fantastic piece of history in the city. There is good shopping and there are various excellent eating places. From Manor Barn it takes approx. 40mins.
Stamford prospered originally from the wool trade in Norman times. Communication routes via the Great North Road (A1) and the River Welland to the North Sea ensured the success of its trade. By the 13th Century Stamford was one of the 10 largest towns in England. Many buildings survive today including early 12th Century St Leonard’s Priory, 13th Century tower of St Mary’s Church and 13th Century arcades of All Saints Church. In the 16th Century William Cecil became secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth 1. He built a palatial mansion just out of Stamford for his mother and Burghley Houses survives as one of England’s outstanding jewels of the Tudor Age.
The coaching trade meant that everyone travelling North had to travel through Stamford and the George Hotel was a major coaching inn and today has an excellent reputation. Stamford has many places to visit from historic buildings, churches, attractive shops and restaurants and pleasant walks in the town meadows alongside the River Welland. Stamford is approx 30mins from Manor Barn.
Boston is situated on the south-east coast of Lincolnshire. It is a few metres above sea level. There is a port and the famous Boston Stump – St Botolphs Church- which you can climb to the top of. Approx 20 miles from Manor Barn.
Spalding is situated within the South Lincolnshire Fens. It is set around the River Welland. Approx 40mins from Manor Barn. Another town within easy reach is Oakham.
38 individual gardens in an 8 acre site.
The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland.
Tel: 01572 813 200 www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk
Easton Walled Gardens
Within easy reach of Manor House Barn are Easton Walled Gardens. Experience 12 acres of beautiful ‘lost’ gardens that had been completely abandoned for 50 years and have now been renovated.
Tel: 01476 530 063 www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk
A beautiful stately home of the Duke & Duchess of Rutland. The castle was originally built by William Conqueror’s standard bearer in the 11th Century. It lies in an elevated position with stunning views over the Vale of Belvoir. Belvoir Castle is host to glorious gardens and there is a fascinating magical castle to explore and has an impressive collection of paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Poussin and Reynolds. Several events are held at the Castle throughout the year. From Manor Barn it takes approx 30mins.
Tel: 01476 871002 www.belvoircastle.com
Burghley House was built in the 16th Century by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley. The current custodian is Lady Victoria Leatham, a daughter of the late Marquis of Exeter who as Lord Burghley won an Olympic hurdling gold. There are extensive grounds, fallow deer as well as hosting British Eventing’s Horse Trials.
Tel: 01780 752451 www.burghley.co.uk