Places to Visit in South Kesteven

Places to visit in South Kesteven this Autumn and Winter.

South Kesteven is packed with things to do and places to explore for all the family.

Please check the attraction's website for their latest opening information before you plan your visit.



Grantham Museum

Open Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm


Belton House (National Trust) near Grantham

Open: Gardens, Parkland, Woodland playground, Café for indoor & outdoor seating, dog friendly cafe and Shops - from 10am - 5pm daily (open 10am-4pm from 1 Nov '21)

 Mansion - open from 12.30-5pm on Wed to Sun. (closed from 1 Nov '21)


JandJ Alpacas, Dry Doddington

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm (winter opening 10-4pm Wed to Sun)

Café open  - with indoor & outside seating and a great paddock view! 

Alpaca Treks & Experiences daily, Wednesday to Sunday (bookable online)


Bennington Carriages, Long Bennington

A wide range of Try Carriage Driving experiences are available, including picnic. Picturesque scenery.

Mannakin Hall, Fulbeck

Mannequin Museum & Pop Up Cyclists' Café 

Call 07757 513584 to book as times vary.


Manor Stables Craft Centre & Cafe, Fulbeck

Shops, working crafts and Tack Room Cafe

Open Thursday - Sunday, 10.30am - 4pm (check website for any winter closure)


Grantham Canal - Boat Trips

Cruise along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals on 'The Three Shires'

30min trips at regular intervals on select dates -  and 2hr private cruises available any day.

For dates, availability, bookings and closed season, see website. 

Cruises start from Lock 18 moorings at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir. Make for the Dirty Duck Public House Postcode: NG32 1NY

Grantham Canal


Belvoir Castle, near Grantham

Gardens and grounds open : Tuesday – Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Tickets in advance online.

Castle State Rooms closed from 17 Oct '21.

 Special events planned throughout 2021 & 2022 (see website for details)


The Engine Yard, near Belvoir Castle

Shops open 7 days a week - check website for individual shop opening times, as they can vary.

Fuel Tank Cafe open daily 9am-5pm


Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham

Courtyard shops, Coffee Room and plant sales - open Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am - 4pm until 19 Dec '21.

Gardens, grounds and cafe close from 26 Sept '21 - reopening 11 February '22 for the famous snowdrops and the season.


Fawcett Driving Horses, Dunkirk Farm, Great Ponton

Rural carriage ride with gorgeous Clydesdale horses followed by a beautiful afternoon tea. A  unique activity – ideal for all ages. Now closed until Spring '22.


Woolsthorpe Manor (National Trust), near Colsterworth

The Manor, Science Discovery Centre and Cafe open - open 11am-5pm daily. Closed from 1st Nov. '21

Manor entry will be by small tour only this year - please pre-book your timed tickets.





Bourne Heritage Centre, Baldock’s Mill, Bourne

 Open Saturday and Sunday, 2pm - 4pm


Delaine Bus Museum, Bourne

 Open on second Saturday of the month (June - October '21) : 12.00pm - 4.00pm.

Heritage Bus Ride (approx 30mins) at 1.30pm, featuring one a bus from the 1950s or 1960s

Light Refreshments .
Adults £2, Under 16s Free



Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne

Closed from 30th Sept '21 - but open for October half term – Sat 23rd, Sun  24th, Wed 27th,

Thu 28th, Fri 29th, Sat 30th, Sun 31st.

Park and gardens open 10.30am - 6pm 

Castle open 12.00-4pm 

Tickets for Park & Gardens or Castle, Park & Gardens (bookable online)


NEW!  Tiny Steps Petting Farm, Thurlby

Tiny Steps offers you the chance to engage with and pet our lovely farm animals and pets of all shapes and sizes on our small farm.

Winter opening:  10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Pre-booking option via website or  01778 395423 or 07985 421276

Child £1.00 (under 2's free) Adult £3.00 Family ticket £6.00 (2 x adult and 2 x child)





Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue, near Clipsham

Free admission all year


Stamford Shakespeare Company, Tolethorpe Hall, near Stamford

Closed until 2022 Summer season of plays in June, July and August at the Rutland Open Air Theatre. Performances take place on an open air stage set within an enchanting woodland glade facing a 600-seat, covered auditorium.


Burghley, near Stamford

Parkland: open all year from 7am - 6pm, free entry

Gardens:   The Garden of Surprises and the Sculpture Garden are open daily. Closed from 31 Oct '21 to March 2022.

Garden café open daily 10.30-4.30 with indoor & outside seating. Closed 31 Oct to March '22

Garden Shop open daily 10.30-4.30pm.  Closed from 31 Oct to March '22

Courtyard Gift Shop now open - on Wed to Sun 10.30-5pm  

Burghley House open 19 May to 31 Oct '21, on Wed to Sun 10.30am-5pm.

Burghley events in 2021:  


Browne's Hospital, Stamford

Museum opening for pre-booked small group tours only in summer 2021. For enquiries tel. 07721 343618.

Virtual tour on our website.


St Martin's Antique Centre, Stamford 

Over 70 dealers bring together a selection that spans the centuries and of every genre you can imagine.

Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5:00pm & on Sundays/Bank Holidays 10:30am to 4:30pm.


Stamford Town Guided Tours

Now available, meeting outside Stamford Town Hall: Thursday (11am) Friday (2pm) Saturday (11am) Sunday (11am) (£7.50 per person. Max 5 guests plus tour guide)


Stamford Sights & Secrets Tours

Tours available from 1 June to end Sept 2021 on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.00 am - and special themed tours on specific dates (see website). Meet at Stamford Arts Centre.



This information has been produced by InvestSK and the content is deemed correct at 1 April 2021. All attractions adhere to current appropriate Covid safety precautions.

Accuracy of opening times cannot be guaranteed however, due to unforeseen circumstances, inclement weather or changes in Government re-opening guidance.

To plan your visit, please check the attraction’s website or Facebook for latest opening times, facilities and location.

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