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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

The second largest county in England, Lincolnshire is characterised by its broad, flat landscapes. Some of the oldest evidence for human habitation here comes from the Early Neolithic long barrows known evocatively as the Deadmen’s Graves. The Romans subsequently established the settlement of Lindum Colonia, which eventually evolved into the county town of Lincoln. Several Roman features, like the Newport Arch, can still be seen in the city. Lincolnshire also has a range of medieval sites, from the castles at Tattershall and Bolingbroke to the Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace, standing in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral. The county is also home to a number of significant post-medieval houses, from the 15th-century Gainsborough Old Hall, which King Henry VIII himself visited, to the 17th-century Woolsthorpe Manor, where world-famous physicist Isaac Newton was born and raised.

Archaeology & History Sites in Lincolnshire

Gainsborough Old Hall

Built by Sir Thomas Burgh II in 1460, the hall was the seat of the rich and powerful Burghs until 1596, when it was purchased by the merchant Hickman family. At over 500 years old, this medieval manor house is a remarkable example of timber-framed architecture of its period. Visitors can climb the 59 steps to the top of the tower for great views over Lincolnshire or see one of the best surviving medieval kitchens in England. The 15th century Parlour is now used as the setting for a café.

Newport Arch

The Romans established a Legionary fortress in Lincoln, then known as Lindum Colonia. It had many of typical features associated with Roman rule, including public baths, temples and a forum. There are a few remains from this period in the city, the best is Newport Arch. Built in the 3rd century AD, it served as the northern entrance to the city right through to the Middle Ages. Now Grade-I listed, over the past century or so a number of trucks attempting to pass through the arch have caused damage.

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Museums & Art Galleries in Lincolnshire

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