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Stamford Stamford is one of Britain’s finest stone built market towns, which retains much of its ancient medieval street pattern. Stamford has appeared in many historical films including George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and more recently it starred in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. Being on the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh meant that Stamford was the first to receive news out of the capital, and Stamford Mercury (the oldest provincial newspaper in the country) still thrives in this vibrant communtiy. It also meant that Stamford gave rise to many fine coaching inns. The town has 11 churches, 30 pubs and 20 restaurants.
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Burghley House

Stamford is also the location of Burghley House,  built in the 16th century by William Cecil and regarded by many as the finest Elizabethan House in England. . There are lots of special events throughout the year including the internationally renowned horse trials. In recent years Burghley House starred in the Da Vinci Code.

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Burghley horse trials

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral Described as 'the most beautiful Norman cathedral in England', the Cathedral in Peterborough is dedicated to St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew. It is located in the heart of the city centre and is well worth a visit. It contains the tomb of Catherine of Aragon and at one time that of Mary Queen of Scots.

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Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle was built on William the Conquerors orders. Famously a Royalist stronghold, the castle was appropriately the setting for the BBC TV series, 'By the Sword Divided'. Lived in for the past 450 years by the Watson family, the castle is a fascinating place to visit and holds events throughout the year. Set in beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, it is a must see!

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Rockingham Castle, a short drive from Aunby

Grimsthorpe Castle


Grimsthorpe Castle is at the centre of a 3,000 acre estate. The park has a wide variety of habits including over 24 species of butterfly that live in the limestone quarry area. The castle holds many events throughout the year Also a great adventure playground for those who like such things!.
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Grimsthorpe Castle

Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, so many to see! Barnsdale Gardens are close to Rutland water and were built by Britain's best loved Television gardener Geoff Hamilton. For years he wasr BBC TV Gardeners' World programme & various other BBC specials.

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Belton House

Belton House is a National Trust property close to Grantham and about half an hours drive from Piper Lodge. It is a restoration country house with fabulous interiors, gardens and parkland. It has starred in Pride and Prejudice and Tom Jones. Events run throughout the year.

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Belton house, close to Aunby Granary

Woolsthorpe Manor

Woolsthorpe Manor, north of Aunby Woolsthorpe is a small 17th century manor house and the birthplace and family home of Grantham's most famous son, Sir Isaac Newton. The manor’s orchard reputedly includes a descendant of the famous apple tree. The manor also has an interactive exhibition. Our children have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Belvoir Castle

A fairy tale castle on a hill overlooking 5 counties. The present Castle is the fourth to have stood on the site since Norman times, the existing Castle was completed in the early 19th century after previous buildings suffered complete or partial destruction during the Wars of the Roses, the Civil War and a major fire in 1816. Today it looks like the perfect image of a castle and is full of treasures accumulated over the years by the Manners family, whose descendents are still very much part of the fabric of the place today. Well worth a visit.

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During your stay at Aunby why not visit Belvoir Castle

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln with all its da vinci associations, is just s short journey from Aunby

Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe, which towers above Lincoln, a prominent landmark for miles around. It really has to be seen to be believed. Recently featured in the film the Da Vinci code, Lincoln cathedral has welcomed visitors for a thousand years, and is well worth seeing. For anyone who watched 'Pillars of the Earth', fascinating!

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Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall and Gardens, near Lincoln. A superb Elizabethan mansion by the renowned architect Robert Smythson. The hall stands today as it was completed in 1600 with walled courtyards, turrets and gatehouse. 6 acres of romantic gardens contain superb bow edge parterres, sumptuous borders and a wild garden, with a nature trail into the countryside. Winners of Sandford award for schools project Doddington Hall, easily accessible from Aunby

Elton Hall, Oundle

Elton Hall Oundle

An extraordinary, romantic, part Gothic house which has been in the Proby family since 1660. The gardens are wonderful


Rutland WATER

The largest man made reservoir in Europe. What more can I say? Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, cycling, RockBloks, there is so much to do..
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Rutland Water

Click here for details about what's on this year at Tolethorpe, the open air theatre just outside of Stamford

Flag Fen  Lincolnshire's Bronze Age centre

Stamford Arts Centre here to visit website

Aunby is an easy day trip to Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester and Peterborough. Stamford railway station (free parking!) run regular trains to and from Leicester, Peterborough, and Birmingham, with excellent shopping and leisure activities.