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Grimsthorpe Castle sits amongst rolling Lincolnshire countryside surrounded by gardens, extensive historic woodland and a 50-acre lake.

Descendants of the deer that King Henry VIII hunted now roam the parkland, grazing under ancient oaks. Enjoy the chance to soak up the atmosphere and ‘Spirit of Place’ in a Castle that has been home to the same family since 1516 and is filled with fine furniture, paintings and tapestries.

Families love the adventure playground and miles of traffic-free trails that provide a safe haven to spot wildlife and other hidden delights.



4 April to 30 May: Sundays, Thursdays, and Bank Holiday Mondays.

2 June 30 September: Sunday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays).

Castle: noon to 4pm (last admission 3pm).

Park and gardens: 10.30am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).

Find Us
Find us

Around 8 miles, or a 10-15 minute drive from the A1 Colsterworth junction on the A151 road to Bourne.

The nearest railway station is Grantham. take a taxi from there. Buses from Peterborough to Bourne and a taxi from there.


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Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Castle, Park & Gardens 
Adult £13, Child £5.50, Concession £12, Family (2+3) £31.50

Park & Gardens
Adult £7, Child £3, Concession £6, Family (2+3) £17

Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups can visit on any day between April and September by arrangement (excluding Fridays and Saturdays). 

Advance booking is essential and subject to availability. 

We pride ourselves on being able to offer bespoke visits but have also put together some simple ‘off the peg’ visits. 

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A word from the owner

In 1778 the famous composer Thomas Linley, the English Mozart', lost his life in a boating accident here. In recent years we have welcomed a number of well-known musicians on private visits, all of whom enjoyed the time they spent in the castle, gardens and tearoom. However, we did not encourage them to linger by the lake!

Things to See

Fun Facts

The Willoughby family have owned Grimsthorpe for 500 years and, as Lord Great Chamberlain, their close connection to the monarchy means that the castle is now home to a collection of very special items made for England’s Kings and Queens, including thrones and tapestries.

The house was built to accommodate a visit from Henry VIII and his court, who also hunted red deer in the park during their stay. James I also visited and his gift of embroidery work is on view in the house. The ancient woodland is of national importance.