From Isaac to Iron Lady, grand old Grantham’s glory lives on today with Stagecoach’s number 1

In the heart of Lincolnshire, Grantham beckons scenic thrill seekers with its blend of historical charm, cultural landmarks, and modern shine! This marvellous market town, with its roots tracing back to Roman times, offers a tapestry of experiences that caters for history enthusiasts, sports aficionados, culture vultures and culinary connoisseurs alike. The fab news is that it’s easy to get to on a Great Scenic Journey – the Stagecoach East Midlands 1 from lovely Lincoln, where the customer service on the bus is top drawer!

A market town seeped in sumptuous history

Grantham’s history is as rich as it is diverse, with remnants of its past woven into the fabric of its streets. Perhaps the most iconic symbol of the town is St. Wulfram’s Church, a majestic medieval structure boasting a towering spire that dominates the skyline, like nothing else. Dating back to the 13th century, this Grade 1 listed, architectural marvel stands as a testament to Grantham’s enduring heritage and serves as a focal point for both locals and scenic thrill seekers.

Isaac, Ivy and Iron Lady

But Grantham’s historical significance extends beyond its architectural landmarks. It is the birthplace of one of Britain’s most influential leaders, Margaret Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. The Grantham Museum offers a captivating glimpse into her life and political career, providing insight into the upbringing of the woman who would become known as the “Iron Lady”.

Another notable figure associated with Grantham is Sir Isaac Newton, one of history’s greatest scientific minds. Newton attended the King’s School in Grantham during his formative years, and his former schoolhouse still stands today as a testament to his early education. Folk can explore this historic site and gain insight into the upbringing of the man who revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

Beyond its famous residents, Grantham boasts a trove of obscure facts that add to its allure.  Grantham was home to Britain’s first female police officer with the power of arrest, Edith Smith, who served in 1915.  Meanwhile, Ivy Pinchbeck became Britain’s first female mayor when she was elected in Grantham in 1928. These pioneering figures highlight Grantham’s progressive spirit and its role in shaping history.

Belvoir’s unbelievable!

A ‘must visit’ destination, though, is Belvoir Castle which is a stunning masterpiece and beckons with a plethora of enchanting experiences. Scenic lovers can embark on a journey through time and devour its rich history and architectural splendour. Admire the castle’s imposing exterior, a testament to Regency elegance, and venture inside to discover its lavishly adorned rooms, adorned with priceless art and antique furnishings. Step into the tranquillity of the castle’s meticulously manicured gardens, where vibrant blooms and tranquil water features create a tapestry of natural beauty. Take a leisurely stroll along winding pathways, or find a peaceful spot to relax and soak in the serene atmosphere.

For those with a thirst for knowledge, guided tours offer fascinating insights into the castle’s storied past, from its medieval origins to its role in shaping the landscape of British history. Learn about the lives of the aristocratic families who have called Belvoir home and uncover the secrets hidden within its ancient walls.

No visit would be complete without taking in the breathtaking views from the castle’s lofty vantage points. Marvel at the sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside, dotted with rolling hills, verdant woodlands, golden meadows and meandering streams. After a day of exploration, indulge in a sumptuous feast fit for royalty at the castle’s renowned restaurant, or treat yourself to traditional afternoon tea served with elegance and charm. There’s also a great children’s adventure playground too! With its blend of history, beauty, and luxury, Belvoir Castle offers a truly unforgettable experience.

The Gingerbread men!

Sports enthusiasts will find much to cheer about in Grantham, with a variety of local teams representing a range of disciplines. The Grantham Town Football Club, affectionately known as “The Gingerbreads,” competes in the Northern Premier League, attracting passionate crowds to their matches at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium. They narrowly avoided relegation this season, just one point above the drop zone, so be sure to check out the fixtures for the next campaign when they are released in July and come down and cheer the team, so they can do better next time round! Meanwhile, cricket fans can enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Grantham Cricket Club, which boasts a picturesque ground and a vibrant sporting community. The ground occasionally hosts Nottinghamshire One Day Cup matches and is very popular with fans.

Sumptuous steaks and Italian haute cuisine

When it comes to dining, Grantham offers a feast for the senses with its diverse array of culinary delights. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the town’s charming cafes before embarking on your explorations. We can recommend the King’s Walk Cafe in Kingswalk or Kitchen and Coffee Grantham in Westgate for a perfect start to the day! For lunch, indulge in traditional British fare at a cosy pub, where you can savour classics like fish and chips or a hearty ploughman’s lunch paired with a pint of locally brewed ale. For dinner, treat yourself to a gastronomic journey through Grantham’s culinary scene. Whether you’re craving international flavours or contemporary cuisine, you’ll find an array of restaurants to satisfy your palate. From cosy bistros serving up seasonal specialties to fine dining establishments showcasing the best of local produce, Grantham offers something for every taste and occasion. Picola Venezia is highly recommended and is a tiny trattoria with authentic, delicious Italian food. The Miller and Carter steakhouse chain on Barrowby Road is highly recommended too, as is The Angel and Royal which serves fantastic food in the stunning, historic King’s Room restaurant. It’s well worth checking out The Courtyard, which is on the edge of the town centre and is a tranquil setting with al fresco dining and delicious drinks.

At one with nature on the Witham

After a day of sightseeing and culinary indulgence, take a leisurely stroll along the River Witham, which winds its way through the town, offering tranquil views and scenic walking paths, most notably through Queen Elizabeth Park, which has recently become a Local Wildlife Site. Nature lovers can also explore nearby parks and green spaces, such as Wyndham Park, which features beautifully landscaped gardens and recreational facilities for the whole family to enjoy.

Nobody misses out in the town of Pigs, Dogs and Grantham Guildhall Gravity

As night falls, Grantham comes alive with its vibrant nightlife scene. The Guildhall Arts Centre is an iconic building in the town centre – it used to be the Town Hall, then the Jail, but is now a community art centre curating a varied programme of shows and events, including films and the renowned Grantham Guildhall Comedy Club, run by Funhouse – one of the most prolific comedy event organisers in the country. For dusk-time fun, check out Gravity nightclub in Market Place, which always has a great vibe and is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 23:30 until 04:00. Other trendy hotspots include The Tap & Tonic, which is a stylish cocktail bar, also in Market Place and the Nobody Inn, which is an intimate setting in North Street. No visit to Grantham of an evening is complete though without a trip to the hugely popular, timber-beamed The Blue Pig pub in Vine Street or the Black Dog in Watergate.

There really is so much to see and do in Grantham and twinning a visit with a trip to the iconic, historic city of Lincoln, then getting onboard the number 1 is a wonderful scenic sojourn. To plan your visit, check out 1 Lincoln – Grantham – Great Scenic Journeys