Attractions and places to visitThatcher shop Grantham

In the town

Margaret Thatchers former home:

Despite it’s other attractions, visitors to Grantham are often attracted to the corner shop where Margaret Thatcher lived as a child.

The building is still in use as a chiropractor.

St Wulframs Church:St Wulframs Grantham

The Grantham skyline is dominated by the spire of St Wulframs church.

The church dates from around 1140 and has the tallest medieval spire in England, a 14th century crypt and a chained library.

The Guildhall:

The Guildhall, dating from Victorian times looks out over St Peters Hill.

Many of Granthams attractions are in this area including Grantham Museum with displays about the history of the town, Sir Isaac Newton, Margaret Thatcher and the World War 2 Dambusters.

Call into the Arts Centre entered between the Guildhall and Museum. There is a small gallery there. Local artists alsoGrantham Guildhall display their paintings for sale near the entrance area.

The former police headquarters used by Edith Smith, Britains first female police officer is now used at the Tourist Information Centre.

On St Peters Hill there are statues of Sir Isaac Newton and Frederick Lord Brownlow

Grantham House:

Grantham House dates from 1380 and is managed by the National Trust.

The house is open on Wednesday afternoons during the summer months and Thursdays during August. The gardens are open on Sundays, with various events taking place.

To visit their website click here.Grantham House

Close to Grantham

There are three exceptional historic buildings that are close to Grantham and open to the public, and several more if you are prepared to travel further.Belton House, Grantham

Belton House is 3 miles north of the town centre and is an outstanding example of Restoration architecture set in 1300 acres of parkland.

The house was built between 1684 and 1688 and has 25 magnificently furnished rooms open to the public.

It is owned by the National Trust (see more on their website click here) and is open from March until the end of October except for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Belvoir Castlle is 7 miles from the town and is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.Belvoir Castle near Grantham

The current building was built after a major fire in 1816. There are stunning displays of art, furniture and military history including a portrait of Henry VIII by Holbein.

There is a varied programme of events, and the castle is sometimes closed so it is worth checking the opening hours on the castle website.

Perhaps less spectacular, but well worth a visit is Woolsthorpe Manor, 7 miles south of Grantham, also owned by the National Trust.

The house is the seventeenth century birthplace and early home of the physicist Sir Isaac Newton.Woolsthorpe Manor

The house gives an interesting insight into seventeenth century life, the upbringing of one of the greatest scientists of all time and also has a small visitor centre with examples of the application of Newtons physics.

Incidentally there remains an apple tree, originating from the tree that is said to have inspired Newtons discovery of gravity.

Further afield

Easton Walled Gardens is a restoration project located 5 miles south of Grantham.

The 12 acres were the gardens of Easton House, which fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1951.Easton Walled Garden 1

For more information visit their website –click here.

To the north of Grantham towards Sleaford are two attractions that could be combined in a single day trip.

They are:

Woodland Waters (link to their website)Woodland Waters, Ancaster

and the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.

The Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre is operated by North Kesteven District Council. Admission is free.

Located between the A17 and North Rauceby village, near RAF Cranwell, it records the history and activities of the Cranwell_Aviation_Heritage_Centre smallOfficer Training Centre of the RAF.

A Jet Provost trainer is on show in a courtyard. There is also a flight simulator and a varied exhibition of photographs, documents and films.

RAF Cranwell is, of course, close by. Their website is here

Visitors to this museum might also want to follow the A17 towards Newark to see the Newark Air Museum.