Grimsthorpe Castle

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Nr. Bourne,
Lincolnshire, PE10 0LY

01778 591205

01778 591 259

ray@grimsthorpe.co.uk

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

April - Sept; Apr, May; Sun, Thurs & BH Mons; 11am - 6pm.
June - Sept; Sun - Thurs inclusive; 11am - 6pm, last admission 5pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

April - end Sept; Sun, Thurs & BH Mons;
12 noon - 3.00pm. Guided tours on weekdays (1 hour), self-guided on Sun & BH Mons.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

7th June; 11am - 6pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

May - August

To see:

Herbaceous borders and ornamental vegetable garden.

Admission Prices

Castle, Park & Gardens. Adult £11; Child (5-18 years) £5; Over 60s £10; Family (2A+3C) £27
Park & Gardens. Adult £6, Child £2.50; Over 60s £5; Family (2A + 3C) £14.50
Season tickets: Adults £22; Family £50

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

No dogs in garden.

Garden Features & Events

Glorious Garden Day Sunday 16th July 2017. Talks, demos and live music in the gardens. Children's storyteller, garden food

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
I
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities


Hotels & Accommodation:
Restaurants:

Cholmeley Arms, Burton-le-coggles

Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Stamford - old market town

Description of Garden

Grimsthorpe Castle is the centrepiece in a 3,000 acre park of rolling pastures, landscaped lakes and historic woodland. The mediaeval deer park, with its herds of Red, Fallow and Muntjac deer, and the Tudor oak park are crossed by fine avenues of trees.

The formal Flower and Topiary garden leads imperceptibly into the woodland garden, and provides a fine setting for the ornamental vegetable garden and orchard, created in the 1960's by the Countess of Ancaster and Peter Coates. Intricate parterres marked with box hedges lie close to the Castle, and a dramatic herbaceous border frames views across the lake.

Grimsthorpe has been the location for several major television productions, including BBC's Middlemarch and
Granada TV's Moll Flanders.

History Of Garden

Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516, when it was granted by Henry VIII to the 10th Baron Willoughby de Eresby on the occasion of his marriage to Maria de Salinas, kinswoman and lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon. The North Front is the last work of Sir John Vanbrugh. It was commissioned in 1715 by his friend Robert Bertie, the 16th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, to celebrate his enoblement as the first Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. The collection of fine furniture associated with the Willoughby de Eresby's hereditary Office as Lord Great Chamberlains to the Palace of Westminster, including thrones and furnishings from the old House of Lords, can be seen in the suite of state rooms along with family portraits and those of the the monarchs they served.

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