Granthams Local Attractions
Grantham is a market town within the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It bestrides the London to Edinburgh East Coast Main Line railway and the River Witham and lies close to the A1 main north-south road. The town is best known as the birthplace of UK's former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and The King's School where Isaac Newton went to school. It is close to an ancient Roman road and was the scene of Oliver Cromwell's first advantage over Royalists during the English Civil War at Gonerby Moor. Grantham is also notable for having the first female police officers in the United Kingdom, notably Edith Smith in 1914, for producing the first running diesel engine in 1892 and the UK's first tractor in 1896.
Built around St Wulfram's Church the town centre of Grantham is ten minute's walk from the hotel. The medieval church, whose exceptional 282ft high spire is famed as “the finest steeple in England” is the 6th highest in the country and dominates views of the town. Among many other attractions Grantham has two shopping centres including Downtown, a bowling alley, cinema, leisure centre and arts centre. Grantham and its surrounding area offer many attractions including two National Trust Estates, Belton House with its beautiful landscaped gardens and Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Isaac Newton. Grantham Museum has exhibitions on the iconic WW2 Dam Busters raid which was devised in Grantham and on Margaret Thatcher, one of the most well-known political figures of the 20th century.
Belvoir Castle is nearby, overlooking the beautiful vale of Belvoir and home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Rutland Water nature reserve is a magical place for cycling, introducing people of all ages to the delights to be found by bike around the water's edge and beyond. The cycle track that runs around the perimeter of the water is a fantastic ride in the sunny afternoons of summer or the brisk frosty winter mornings. The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water reservoir and covers a total area of 1000 acres. There are currently 31 bird watching hides and nature trails.
The Eden House Hotel is centrally located for exploring further afield too, being around an hour each from Lincoln, Nottingham, Stamford, Oakham, London and Leeds.