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Places to Visit

Blessed with some idyllic rural places as well as a huge number of intirguing and unique heritage sites, Petwood guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions and places to visit in Lincolnshire. From the Civil War to the Second World War, you will find places of historical interest and things to satisfy the most curious of guests. The following suggestions include a selection of the best local and regional attractions, while the Visit Lincolnshire website is also worth perusing for further ideas and events.

Right on our Doorstep in Woodhall Spa:

Kinema in the Woods:  A place with a historic connection to the hotel, it was Petwood founders Lord and Lady Weigall who helped set up this unique cinema from the ashes of the sports pavilion in the 1920s. Even today, films break for an intermission and a Compton Kinestra Organ emerges from under the stage, while it is believed to be Britain's only rear projecting cinema. Click here for opening times and current listings

The Cottage Museum: Founded to preserve the history of the local community, the award-winning Cottage Museum has a fabulous archive of local history and photographs. Further info and opening times here.

Moor Farm Nature reserve: A little oasis of calm and biodiversity, this is a protected, specially maintained area where over 100 bird species have been sighted, along with rare British butterflies. Click here for further info

For the local leisure and golf facilities, see our Activities and Golfing Breaks pages.

Aviation History Sites:

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
The BBMF Visitors Centre is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the legendary aircraft that made history. Operating a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Chipmunks and a Dakota, this living and breathing tribute is not to be missed:

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
With award winning exhibits and an exciting collection of hardware including an original Barnes Wallace “Bouncing Bomb”, the largest Bomber Command museum in the UK is a big hit with visitors of all ages. Also your unmissable chance to take a taxi ride in a Lancaster Bomber (must be booked). More details:

Thorpe Camp
Right on our doorstep at Tattershall Thorpe, Thorpe Camp formed the operational base where 97, 617, 619 and 627 Squadrons during wartime. Originally intended to last just ten years, it is now lovingly preserved to provide not only a glimpse into military history, but also a fascinating look into wartime civilian life and other groups such as the Women’s Land Army and Home Guard.  Open Sundays and Mondays from Easter to end of September and Wednesdays during July and August 1pm - 5pm. See

English Heritage:

Lincoln Cathedral: Towering above Lincoln, this is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe and a must-see attraction when visiting Lincolnshire. It also hosts various musical events and markets throughout the year, providing a magical backdrop to special periods in the calender. Click here for listings and further details.

Lincoln Castle: Built on the site of a Roman fort, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle in 1068. 2015 sees the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and exciting multi-million pound developments are underway at the Castle. Find out more here

Tattershall Castle: - A nearby medieval castle built in the 1440s, Tattershall Castle is our most local National Trust property. A breathtaking sight at any time of year, lovers of English Heritage will be in their element. Click here for opening times and prices

Doddington Hall: An Elizabethan family home, Doddington Hall offers an insight into life through the ages and the challenges of looking after such an estate today. With bags of history, estate walks and a cafe, it is well worth a visit. Read more on the official website.

Gunby Hall: Another nearby National Trust property, Gunby Hall is nestled at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds and counts Alfred Lord Tennyson as one of its previous visitors. Visit the National Trust site for opening times and further info

Historic Lincoln


Lincoln’s beginnings date back to the first century when the Romans settled at the top of the hill. Some ruins can be seen today and the iconic Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle were built specifically within the Roman city walls.

In addition to the Cathedral and Castle, you can explore the remains of the Medieval Bishop’s Palace, the 16th century Guildhall, and other historic sites just walking distance from each other.


Discover the history of the area at the archaeology museum The Collection, browse fascinating artwork – and unique jewellery left by a local businessman – at The Usher Gallery, relive yesteryear at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, and explore the eclectic shops and art galleries dotted across Lincoln.


Lincoln boasts the best of both worlds when it comes to retail therapy. Hit the High Street to explore department stores and shops featuring the biggest brands in the UK before exploring independent boutiques and other unique stores on Steep Hill and in the Bailgate area.

As you shop, look out for vintage and antique shops along the way for something really unique.

Food & Drink

If you have a taste for the exotic or want to try the flavour of Lincolnshire, Lincoln is a great destination for you.

The Brayford Waterfront is lined by familiar restaurants serving Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, and more. And you’ll find other unique restaurants across the city serving international cuisine.

For a flavour of Lincoln, try one of the historic pubs of Steep Hill or the fine dining options on the Brayford or Bailgate.

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