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Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe, Bourne, England
+44 (0)1778 591205
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Bourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Historic house with gardens and parkland. Facilities include -Adventure playground, tearoom, gift shop and cycle hire shop. Cycle miles of traffic... more » Owner description: Historic house with gardens and parkland. Facilities include -Adventure playground, tearoom, gift shop and cycle hire shop. Cycle miles of traffic free tracks and trails in the park or take a guided tour of the castle and find out more about this hidden delight. Henry VII visited 500 years ago - come and see for yourself what makes this place so special. « less
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Grimsthorpe castle is tucked away amongst countryside and could be easily overlooked. However what a little gem it is. The house closes at the end of September but the park, gardens, coffee shop etc are open all year. If you visit on a Sunday then you are free to roam the house( within reason) by yourself, but if you go... More

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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. It's quirky and different. Lived in until comparatively recently, it's got much to commend it re. styles and decor. Katherine Howard was there with Henry (and Jane Boleyn) and there are the most incredible Tudor portraits for instance. The great hall is astounding. Each room has a separate - very knowledgeable - guide. The house... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A stately home, park and gardens rather than a "castle". If this is your thing then this is definitely a place to visit. Very easy access off the AI so a great stop over if you are passing. But allow at least 2 hours even for a quick visit. You could easily spend a day here. Not quite as large... More

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Tattershall, null, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

I didnt really know about this house until I saw a photo and thought id like to visit..entrance price was reasonable, we was there about 3 hrs . interior may be OTT for some, but I thought it was beautiful.ok some rooms were too dark, but didn't spoil the visit.would be nice to have info sheets or boards, as im... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a top house and place to visit. Very beautiful, very interesting, and it has a great atmosphere. The Vanbrugh front is stunning, the great hall and stairs one of the great spaces in England we reckon! The older parts of the building lovely too. Good paintings - some really wonderful. Lots of gilded furniture which I don't normally... More

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Northumberland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit, the lady at the gate, the cycle hire and the tearoom staff were very friendly and helpful. The veg garden and the herbaceous borders were beautiful and the newly trimmed topiary amazing. I didn't go inside the house but it is rather stunning from the outside. I cycled there and around the estate and was... More

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Ray1957, Manager at Grimsthorpe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments about Grimsthorpe. The cycle trails in the park are mostly traffic-free. The main entrance to our site is on a trunk road and traffic can drive quickly along this. Visibility at the entrance is good and should give all our visitors as safe an entrance as possible. We chose to waymark our trails using... More

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

One could not wish for more when it comes to visiting stately homes. To our family Grimsthorpe has been the best by far. For so many years we have enjoyed the gardens, walks, the museum. So many times we listened to the touching and sad story of the Lady who owns the place and still lives there. Our son was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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213 reviews 213 reviews
41 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wonderful place to go & enjoy the countryside; walking, cycling etc. Unfortunately there is a charge for the car park unlike Burghley & Sandringham, but it's worth it. The house itself is full of wonderful treasures & the guide tour was excellent. Good cafe as well.

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Ray1957, Manager at Grimsthorpe Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I'd like to mention the following to avoid any confusion for those reading this great review. All visitors to the park need to purchase a ticket when they visit but we don't make an additional charge for parking. More

Bourne, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

In addition the the splendid and well kept castle and estate, there are many activities and events on throughout the year. Well worth visiting at any time

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lovely tea rooms, gorgeous grounds and fab adventure playground for all ages. Brilliant place to go on a nice day. Really good value too especially since both Belton and Burghley dont offer much more but are about twice the price!

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