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Grimsthorpe Castle

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Address: Grimsthorpe, Bourne, England
Phone Number:
+44 1778 591205
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Historic house with gardens and parkland. Facilities include -Adventure...

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.

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Grimsthorpe is in a lovely location about 15 minutes drive from the A1. Set on a low ridge overlooking a large estate with unspoilt vistas over a lake and pasture, there are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 30, 2016
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Grimsthorpe is in a lovely location about 15 minutes drive from the A1. Set on a low ridge overlooking a large estate with unspoilt vistas over a lake and pasture, there are varied walks and cycling trails. Bikes can be hired on site. The Castle is an imposing Vanburgh masterpiece but the oldest part at the rear still has vestiges... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

There's some much history in almost an castle in England, and this one is no different. The weather wasn't brilliant when I visited, but it didn't spoil my day, it never does, and I had a pleasant couple of hours exploring.

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

We visited here whilst staying in Oakham on holiday. On arrival a very nice gentleman asked if we were visiting the gardens or the gardens and castle. We paid for both however until we paid we didnt realise the castle was by tour only. The car park was large..the gift shop was well stocked..we booked there for our castle tour.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We have driven past this place 100s of times so a visit was overdue. We thoroughly recommend a visit - the guide was interesting and knowledgeable. She gave us a real feeling for the history of the place. The gardens are also extremely attractive. Look out for the coronation chairs!

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Grimsthorpe Castle may not be on the usual tourist trail but it is a very well looked after and interesting stately home. The guides in each room are very knowledgeable, particularly Maggie. The tea room offers an excellent cream tea and there are plenty of activities to keep children occupied.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

an excellent day spent visiting the castle and grounds on the last open day of 2016. Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, willing to answer questions about the house and contents. We really enjoyed the visit and look forward to visiting again maybe during the summer when the borders in the gardens are in full flower.

Thank Anne L
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Not a castle in the 'classic' mode - Grimsthorpe is a fine country house - easily accessible from the A1. The current building was designed by the same architect behind Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard - whilst in my opinion it doesn't quite match those 2 it's still a magnificent looking house. It was certainly of the best approaches to... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

A great day out. Lots to do and see - the Castle is very interesting, a great history. It is a great place for bikers and walkers, miles of marked tracks. A really good cafe with very friendly and helpful staff - in fact, all the staff at the Castle are very friendly and helpful, a warm welcome everywhere.Plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

A real treat. Sat Nav directed us to the exit and the castle was clearly sign posted from here which was great as we had traveled for 1 hour and a half. We were greeted at the entrance by a pleasant lady who helpfully guided us to all areas. It was brilliant that she could charge us in the car... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited Grimsthorpe Castle and what a surprise. Beautiful topiary in the extensive gardens and even though it's late September the gardens were lovely. Do a house tour. They have coronation thrones going back hundreds of years. Very interesting tour guide. Good day out.

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