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Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne

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4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Grimsthorpe Castle is a country house in Lincolnshire, England 4mi north-west of Bourne on the A151. It lies within a 3,000 acre (12 km²) park of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodland landscaped by Capability Brown. While Grimsthorpe is not a castle in the strict sense of the word, its character is massive and martial – the towers and outlying pavilions recalling the bastions of a great fortress in classical dress. Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516. The present owner is Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, granddaughter of Nancy Astor, who died at Grimsthorpe in 1964.OriginsThe building was originally a small castle on the crest of a ridge on the road inland from the Lincolnshire fen edge towards the Great North Road. It is said to have been begun by Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln in the early 13th century. However, he was the first and last in this creation of the Earldom of Lincoln and he died in 1156. Gilbert's heyday was the peak time of castle building in England, during the Anarchy. It is quite possible that the castle was built around 1140. However, the tower at the south-east corner of the present building is usually said to have been part of the original castle and it is known as King John's Tower. The naming of King John's tower seems to have led to a misattribution of the castle's origin to his time.
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  • We have driven past this place 100s of times so a visit was overdue. We thoroughly recommend a visit - the guide was interesting and knowledgeable. She gave us a real feeling for the history of the pl...  read more »
  • Grimsthorpe Castle may not be on the usual tourist trail but it is a very well looked after and interesting stately home. The guides in each room are very knowledgeable, particularly Maggie. The tea r...  read more »
  • an excellent day spent visiting the castle and grounds on the last open day of 2016. Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, willing to answer questions about the house and contents. We re...  read more »
  • Drove for 1 hour on Sunday to this location. Internet said it was open, only to be greeted with a private party an told to leave. What a waste of my time.
  • Grimsthorpe Castle runs lots of events throughout the year, from antiques fairs to family fun days. The grounds are super for walking. The café is good too.
  • great place 2 take the kids. Pity its not open Saturday's as it being the wknd.
  • Castle great. Terrible coffee shop. Loads of staff and no one would get me fresh milk for our coffees. Very surly and unhelpful.
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