Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe Castle: Hours, Address, Grimsthorpe Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Grimsthorpe Castle
4.5
Castles • Gardens
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Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Historic house with gardens and parkland. Facilities include -Adventure playground, tearoom, gift shop and cycle hire shop. Cycle miles of traffic free tracks and trails in the park or take a guided tour of the castle and find out more about this hidden delight. Henry VII visited 500 years ago - come and see for yourself what makes this place so special.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK12,117 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited on Easter Sunday when it was obviously very busy and particular attention seemed to be given to our junior citizens. We were able to go round the castle on a free flow basis - no photos allowed with guides in every room. A lot of paintings, mainly of family ancestors, some by Joshua Reynolds.

It was too early to see the gardens at their best but we were nevertheless surprised to see that they are nominated as a finalist for the Historic Houses, Garden of the year. On our visit they were ok but nothing more although the topiary was immaculate and absolutely brilliant and this may have appealed to the HH judges - nice colourful display of tulips but not much colour in the formal gardens.

There is a huge amount of parkland with some nice walks among the daffodils and bluebells and a fairly lengthy walk down to the lake. In our view, definitely more seats are needed in the gardens and parkland.

The cafe and toilets are undergoing renovation so catering is limited to a small 'marquee' for 2022 which holds about 9 tables although there are some trestle tables outside facing the croquet lawn where young patrons can have a go - brings back memories of NT properties trying to be' user friendly' There is a large and well maintained car park.

I have read the largely euphoric reviews of Grimesthorpe but it simply didn't do it for us and we visit a lot of gardens, - NT, Historic Houses and others during the year.
Written 25 May 2022
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Gervase C
1 contribution
May 2022
Grimsthorpe Castle is a stately home that is full of history. The oldest part is a medieval tower, while the entrace front is by Vanbugh. The house is grand, but not too big - it has a much more intimate feel than, for example, Chatsworth. There's a lot to see, with impressive gardens and parkland. But what really made this special was the staff. They were knowledgable and friendly, clearly doing their best to give the best visitor experience. I'd been meaning to visit for years, and was not disappointed. Its location near Bourne in Lincolnshire is somewhat out of the way, but it is fairly close to the A1, and just off a smaller A road.
Written 24 May 2022
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Simonshackleton
Spalding, UK63 contributions
May 2022
One of my new favourite places, better than Sandringham, more to see and do. And better value for refreshments. I visited Grimsthorpe on a bank holiday, took my bike for a ride down to the lake and around the area. Then the hard slog back, and a walk through all the gardens, (well most) and a tea and cake.

The cake was one of the best I've ever had. Choc Orange, very moist, enjoyed it by kids playing on a Crocket lawn, next to another lovely garden.

There is also a 'sea' of Wildflowers in a woodland, the likes of which I've never seen before.

You can't take your bike everywhere. Only through the gate and down the lakes area. It's a pity because behind the formal gardens it goes back quite a way. But I think as it is dimly lit thru the trees, it's prob to keep it quiet and serene. Oh and from the car park up to the house too.

But this review takes an unusual turn... on an even more positive footing.

My bike has to be dismantled to go in the car. Just the front wheel, which is with just two nuts. I took the spanner with me of course.

So when I got back to the car, I undid it all, but I left the darn spanner on the ground. Drat. I contacted them on email, and with my instructions of roughly where I had parked, they found it, AND posted it back to me!

They could have so easily not bothered. Or found it, kept it and said they can't find it. I mean the honesty, and fact they took the effort to wrap it in bubblewrap and post it to me - just first class.

Thank you to them for doing that for me. I am definitely returning as there is more for me to see there.
Written 10 May 2022
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Steve M
Blackpool, UK32 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Fabulous spacious beautiful and welcoming . A perfect day out and very reasonable both entry and refreshments.
Written 3 May 2022
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129 contributions
Apr 2022
Well worth a visit. The gardens and parkland are extensive. Interesting walled garden, topiary, lovely woodlands with daffodils and bluebells. Lots of areas to walk or cycle, including around the lake, where in the fields were calves playing happily, looked very quiet. The is a small cafe on site serving drinks and wide array of cakes, scones, sandwiches etc. The grounds are also easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams.
Written 19 April 2022
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK7,466 contributions
Oct 2021
Visited on Saturday 23rd October 2021. Only open for limited periods of the year, we grabbed this opportunity to visit this lovely home. The weather was helpful and we enjoyed exploring. Upon arrival, you are directed to a car park that is away from the main car parks associated with the house. We purchased tickets in advance but saw a ticket booth where others purchased on the day. You are circa 500 yards from the house/Castle and you approach on part of the very long main approach road. We chose to access the gardens which surround the house and courtyard. These were wonderful with interesting topiary on the hedges. It was within these side gardens that the temporary cafe had been set up and this was 1 of only 2 negatives we found on our visit, as the menu was poor and the limited offering was poorly presented/executed. The second negative was the fact that no photography was technically allowed inside the castle. Regardless of these issues, the best aspect of the house/castle was the volunteers who were passionate and knowledgeable about the house and family. Overall lovely location to visit even though it felt like said visits were something to be put up with/tolerated and after visiting, periods are closed that all trace of the castle/estate visitor facilities a quickly hidden away.
Written 11 February 2022
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anteallachleicester
Leicester, UK659 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Loads to see here!

Beautiful buildings, wonderfully tended gardens and a beautiful lakeside walk. Especially loved the 2 kitchen gardens with their imaginative planting. Topiary is awesome here too. Lots of lovely statuary about and plenty of benches with stunning vistas.

Ample parking, friendly staff and a nice cafe too in a marquee.

Very good value for money. A full day out.
Written 25 October 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,312 contributions
Sep 2021
As we were passing by en-route to Spalding, we popped into the castle for a short look round the gardens and grounds. The overall location is attractive, with the smallish, fairy tale castle centrally positioned to look down the long straight drive, with wide areas of manicured grass to either side.

Further over on one side, the grounds dip down to give lovely views of the lake and the initial design and architecture of the estate is certainly impressive. We wandered round the well-stocked kitchen garden and part of the less-formal grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and peace and calm. It was lovely, and certainly makes us want to revisit when we have more time.

On this visit we also looked round the decent little gift shop and had excellent coffee and scones in the cafe, which is situated inside a marquee and was just about up to the job on a blustery Autumn day, but I’m not sure that it would be fit for purpose in colder weather.
Written 29 September 2021
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royalresponses
Limerick, Ireland11 contributions
Sep 2021
What an amazing day out, nice and relaxing.
Had a great day at the beautiful Grimsthorpe Castle.
The castle is amazing and the tour is definitely worth doing, the guide was very knowledgeable about the history and the castle.

The gardens are beautiful and a good place to go for a nice long walk with beautiful scenery.

Definitely worth a visit and as you walk up to the Castle you are blown away by The Vanbrugh front of the Castle.
Written 28 September 2021
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Mark T
Melton Mowbray, UK16 contributions
Aug 2021
Grimsthorpe Castle is a true English gem and a day there is highly recommended. Bring your walking shoes if you have some time - there are some fantastic waking routes available including one that loops around the lakes.

You won't be crowded and a very relaxed day is in prospect for you: bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn, or sample the excellent on-site catering which, for this season, is on the lawn adjacent to the Castle.

All of the staff at Grimsthorpe we found to be really helpful, genuine people, all of whom clearly have a passion for Grimsthorpe and its history.

Highly recommended and very easy to get to, (just minutes from the A1).
Written 15 September 2021
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