If you’re visiting the Midlands, Grantham may well not be on your list of places to visit, but if not, you would be missing a trick. Grantham is one of the most historically interesting market towns in the country. Famous as the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher and Sir Isaac Newton, it has a wealth of historical buildings, inns and churches. You can get to Grantham using First Hull Trains, which run from London Kings Cross, Stevenage, Retford, Doncaster, Brough, Selby, Howden and Hull. Here is a quick run-down of must-see attractions in this popular tourist destination.
St Wulfram’s Church
This is among the country’s oldest medieval churches and a real draw for history geeks. It was built in the 14th century and is made from Lincolnshire sourced limestone. The spire stands at a dizzying 282 feet, one of the tallest in the UK. With a newly updated visitor centre, the church is a delight for all ages. There are carved animals to find on the screens inside, a chained library and crypt to visit. For more information visit St Wulfram’s Church website.
The King’s School
The famous King’s School where Isaac Newton (later to become Sir) attended and was educated still teaches local Grantham boys. The original building Newton was taught in dates back to 1492, and he scratched his name on a desk there. The school isn’t open for visitors, but it is still thrilling to take a look at the historical exterior.
For science fanatics, a trip to the house in which Isaac Newton (later to become Sir) grew up and was to be the place where he made many of his important discoveries, is a treat. Want to see the apple tree which inspired his discovery of the law of gravity? You can! It still stands! Opening times can be found on the National Trust website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor/
Just three miles to the north of Grantham’s town centre, you will find Belton House, a beautiful country house dating back to the 17th century, nestled among 1,300 acres of beautiful parkland. Wander through the deer park, explore the immaculate gardens and tour the house itself. You can take a ‘below stairs’ tour to experience what life was like for the servants, and look for Bertie Brownlow, the famous Belton House greyhound whose likeness can be found all around the house and grounds.
Learn about Grantham’s fascinating past, including social and archaeological history, right back to the Anglo Saxon era and forward to the up to the present day. Don’t forget that if you are travelling by train, you can save as much as 60% on your train tickets to Grantham if you book ahead at www.hulltrains.co.uk/destinations/trains-to-grantham.
These are just a few of the attractions on offer in Grantham. With its independent shops and quaint tea rooms, it makes a perfect day out or weekend break destination. If you want to learn more about what is on offer in the town, visit the Grantham Tourist Information website at http://www.southwestlincs.com/visit-grantham/ or visit the centre in the Guildhall Arts Centre on arrival.