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Grantham is a market town in the county of Lincolnshire, in England.
- The A1, a major north-south intercity road, bypasses the town to the west, the road is dual carriageway and is grade separated until St Neots to the south, and as far away as Newcastle in the North. London is 100 miles (160 km) to the south. To the north is Newark, Doncaster, which take up to half an hour to reach with clear traffic. The road goes as far as Edinburgh in Scotland, passing by Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, and Darlington.
- The A52 is a major east-west route going through the centre of the town, Nottingham, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent are reached westwards; while Boston, and Skegness are reached going eastwards.
- The A607 is a secondary route linking Lincolnshire's county town of Lincoln in the north, with Leicester to the south, going through Melton Mowbray as it does so.
Grantham railway stationThis station is on the main north-south line between London and Edinburgh. Various companies operate services. From London King's Cross, Hull Trains are the cheapest and fastest with a 1-hour non-stop train for £41 one way, advance purchase from €11.50 (Sep 2018).
St Wulfram's ChurchHas an imposing spire, the sixth highest in England, and dominates the centre of town.
phone: +44 1476 871000address: Belvoir NG32 1PEIt's pronounced "Beaver" but as "Bel-voir" it's well named, being perched on a marl ridge with sweeping views over the bucolic valley, with the spires of Lincoln shimmering in the distance. There's been a castle here for almost 1000 years but the present building is a stately mansion with mock-castellations. It was built in Gothic Revival style from 1799-1816, promptly burned out, then again rebuilt in that style. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, it has a vast collection of impressive furniture and artwork, and is set in landscaped grounds on a 15,000 acre estate. Guided tours start at 11:30, 13:30 & 15:00. Opening days are variable, they're often closed for special events eg upscale weddings, so check their website.
The King's SchoolThe school that Isaac Newton attended. The part he was taught in is now the library, and while it is not open to the public it can be seen from the St Wulfram's side of the school site.
Birthplace of Margaret Thatcheraddress: corner of North Parade and Broad St
phone: +44 1476 860338address: Water Lane, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, NG33 5PDFamous being the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. Open Wednesday-Sunday from March to October.
phone: +44 1476 564705address: Castlegate, Grantham, NG31 6SSA large townhouse with walled gardens by the riverside. The p is open in the afternoon on a Wednesday and Thursday during June with other opportunities to visit during the remainder of the period from April to October as advertised.
phone: +44 1476 566116address: Belton, NG32 2LSA country-house estate that was built for Sir John Brownlow in the 17th century and is set in extensive parkland and gardens. The gardens are accessible throughout the year at varying opening times, whilst the house is open Wednesday-Sunday from March to October, with the basement accessible 7 days a week during this period.
phone: +44 1949 860878address: Langar NG13 9HYThe centre at Skydive Langar is one of the biggest and best equipped in the UK. The usual approach for a beginner is a “tandem” – strapped to an instructor, so minimum training and fitness are needed, but you do need decent weather.
phone: +44 1476 565816address: 10 High St, NG31 6PU
phone: +44 1476 593200address: Belton, NG32 2LN