With traditions going back hundreds of years, historic market towns and vibrant festivals there's always something going on in North Lincolnshire.
Every village has its own story to tell. Owston Ferry with its Victorian Smithy and village museum, Wrawby with its 17th century post mill and Haxey, home to the mysterious 'Hood' game held every year on twelfth night.
It makes for a delightful voyage of discovery. Let us give you a few ideas...
Perhaps best known for its famous son, John Wesley, Epworth is a great place to explore the birth of world Methodism. A steam train ride through the Corus steel making plant tells the story of the great Victorian Ironmasters who shaped the town of Scunthorpe and Barton upon Humber's buildings tell the story of wealthy sea merchants, rope and tile making.
From the ruins of Thornton Abbey, with one of the most spectacular 14th century gatehouses in Europe, to the trolleybus museum at Sandtoft, there's plenty to keep you occupied.
No visit to North Lincolnshire is complete without a day at Normanby Hall Country Park. The ancestral home of the Sheffield family, it has a costume gallery, period rooms and farming museum. Set in 300 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens, the Victorian walled garden, deer park, cafe and two adventure play areas keep everyone amused.
Barton Ghost Walks
As day becomes night and theres a chill hanging in the winter air, dare you take the Barton Ghost Walk and discover what life was really like in days gone by? Meet some of the characters and hear their tales of myths and legends of Bartons colourful past.
The walks take place during the winter months, starting on Halloween, through to March and leave from Baysgarth House Museum at 7.30pm. For further details please call our contact telephone number.
This attraction is part of the South Humber Collection, North Lincolnshire - a destination made up of the area's leading wildlife, heritage and arts attractions.
- Telephone: 01469 531003
- Address: Starting Point: Baysgarth House Museum Baysgarth Park, Brigg Road, DN18 6AH
- Map: [Click for map]
Baysgarth House Museum
Located in the heart of historic Barton upon Humber, Baysgarth House is the ancestral home of the prominent Nelthorpe family. Set in 30 acres of parkland this Grade II listed building is beautiful example of Georgian architecture and the perfect setting for a family day out.
With a variety of exhibitions held throughout the year the museum displays reflect the local significance of the house.
Open 12noon to 4pm Friday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Brigg Ghost Walks
Let our guides take you on a journey through the historic town of Brigg. Listen to the tales of its many ghost and hauntings. Hear tales of Cavaliers and Roundheads during the English Civil War, of John Wesley preaching to turbulent crowds and discover who haunts the room behind the balcony at The Angel.
Organised by BASH, a local history group in Brigg. Tickets and further information from Tourist Information or visit our website.
Brigg Heritage Centre
Discover how the town of Brigg developed from an early crossing point on the River Ancholme into the town it is today.
Set in The Angel, a former 17th century coaching inn, the heritage centre is run by
the community and is full of fascinating facts.
Take the family on a voyage of discovery through the ages, from the prehistoric period through to the present day. You can enjoy hands on activities, dressing up and more, as well as the chance to see artefacts from Brigg's history.
Phase 2 of the Heritage Centre will open funded by WREN and LEADER. This will provide a series of rooms telling the story of the role the River Ancholme has played over the centuries and bringing the history of its communities to life.
At its centrepiece is the Bronze Age Brigg Raft excavated in the 1970s and previously in storage at the National Maritime Museum. This is complemented by displays exploring the history of Brigg and the Ancholme Valley with a unique collection of artefacts found in the local area.
Covering the whole of the first floor of the Angel, the Heritage Centre will provide the ideal resource for visiting schools and groups as well as families and anyone interested in the history of our local area.
Free admission, small gift shop.
Free 2 hours parking at the rear of the Heritage Centre in The Angel car park.
Courtyard Cafe in The Angel courtyard.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday
Burton Stather Tank Ramp
The old Tank Ramp lies north of the village of Burton Stather on the eastern bank of the River Trent, immediately below the steep escarpment that forms the northern end of the Lincoln Edge (Centre: OS grid ref SE 8662 1896). It was built at the beginning of WWII by the 79th Armoured Division of Royal Engineers and saw military use until around 1948. It primary purpose was for secret testing of amphibious craft and associated ancillaries, many of them prototypes, prior to their use in conflict (or as often happened, abandoned as examples of how not to do it!). The Burton site was chosen as the River Trent at this point, with its muddy banks and silted tidal flow, very closely matched that of European rivers such as the Rhine.
The Burton Stather Heritage Group has been working since May 2009 to renovate the Tank Ramp, and the site has been much improved, with the addition of new pathways and steps down to the ramp, picnic areas under construction, and new benches and seats.
Full details of how to access the site are available on the BSHG website.
Epworth Ghost Walks
Follow the lantern bearer through the horrible history of Epworth and the legendary Isle of Axholme. Visit the bloodstained corners others dare not talk about.
Sometimes frightening, always entertaining, these are the real stories of real people passed down the centuries, who have walked these paths before us.
Now in its 16th year
"A horrifyingly good night out!" (Doncaster Free Press)
September to March. Call for details and prices. Please meet outside Axholme Arts. Walks last approx 90 minutes. Hot homemade soup included in the price.
Epworth Old Rectory
Queen Anne mansion, rebuilt in 1709 following the fire from which John Wesley was rescued. The boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley, contains furniture, prints, pictures and Wesley memorabilia.
A range of exciting events run through the year including craft fairs and candlelit costume tours.
Open from March to October.
Please see website or call for details.
Located high up on the Trent Ridge, Julians Bower is a medieval turf maze steeped in mystery. The nearby village church has an illustration of the maze at its entrance but it secret remains untold.
Easier to discover are the spectacular views from the maze you can see for miles across the confluence of the rivers Ouse, Trent and Humber, even as far as York Minster on a clear day.
Alkborough Flats and the Paddocks Tearoom are just a few minutes away or you can stay to enjoy the peace and quiet.
For more information, contact Tourist Information on the number below.