Getting the most our of your visit to
Louth…..some suggested visitor attractions
Louth is a beautiful
market town, situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, a
designated Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst you are visiting the area, here
are a couple of attractions which we hope will add to your visit, or
even encourage you to visit again!
St James’ Church
Built in the 15th century, our very
own St James’ Church has the distinction of having the tallest spire
of any Parish church in England (295 feet) and attracts many
thousands of visitors to the town. It is open to visitors Easter to
Christmas on Mondays through Saturdays from 10.30am to 4.00pm and
from Christmas to Easter on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Saturdays from 8.00am to 12.00 noon. Some of the best views can be
obtained by climbing the tower—not for the faint hearted!
William Brown’s Panorama of Louth
This is a major work of 19th century provincial art and is a bird’s
eye view of Louth and the surrounding area, framed in the time warp
of a busy sunny day. Painted by William Brown in 1844 from the top
of St. James’ Church spire during its restoration, it is a
remarkable 360 degrees panorama on two oil on linen canvasses each 9
feet by 6 feet. This is on display in the Council Chamber of the
Town Hall and a copy can be seen at Louth Museum. Prints of these
paintings can be viewed in the Drawing Room at The Priory.
Louth Museum was built
in 1910 by the Louth Naturalists' Antiquarian and Literary Society
(Ants and Nats) and is still run by them today. It has only recently
reopened following a £660,000 refurbishment and extension of the
original museum. Opening times Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
April through October.
Market days are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a Farmers
Market on the 4th Wednesday of every month. These are very popular
with visitors—feel free to leave your car in the car park as parking
in town can be oversubscribed!
Louth is one of the few towns through which the Meridian passes,
dividing the town into West and East. A brass line and plaque
denoting the Meridian can be found in many places throughout the
town, namely Newmarket, Kidgate, Queen’s Street, Eastgate,
Northgate, James Street, etc.
This is a delightful
area for walking with lovely green open spaces, steeply wooded
slopes and safe bathing in the stream. The area was donated to the
people of Louth by Auguste Pahud, a local schoolteacher, in memory
of his beloved wife Annie. A commemorative tablet is housed in a
temple across the stream.
The Louth Art Trail
Some splendid examples of wood carving, stone masonry, ironwork and
stained glass are scattered around Louth—The Navigation Canal,
Westgate Fields and at various points of the Greenwich Meridian.
Louth Food Trail
Louth remains the kind
of town that has sadly disappeared from large parts of Britain—one
which has preserved the streetscape of bygone times. We are proud
of our many independent butchers, poulterers, bakers, cheese shops,
delicatessens, and many others. We endorse our local suppliers and
would be glad to refrigerate any purchases you wish to make to take
home with you.
Tastes of Lincolnshire
It is a little known fact that 20%of all Britain’s food production
originates from Lincolnshire! We are proud to be associated with
Tastes of Lincolnshire, who are involved in the promotion of
traditional Lincolnshire produce and producers. Look out for the
Tastes of Lincolnshire emblem for quality assurance.
Getting the most our of your visit to Louth…..some suggested
Playgoers Riverhead Theatre/Allegro Appassionato/London Mozart
Louth is a very culturally aware town and as such many theatre
productions and recitals are ongoing throughout the year. Please
ask at Reception or Tourist Information for more details of
Louth Film Club
Louth Film Club was set up in 2005 to show the best of
current and recent films not on the mainstream circuit, and also
some of the great classic movies that you might not have seen on the
big screen before.
Screenings are in Louth’s Playhouse Cinema, in Cannon Street,
fortnightly on Mondays at 7.30pm.
The Playhouse Cinema is located in a stunning Art Deco building on
Cannon Street. It comprises three screens and has the distinction
of being one of the few cinemas left which still has an
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
This is the only standard gauge steam railway in Lincolnshire open
to the public. It is situated at
Ludborough/Fulstow off the A16 to Grimsby. Opening times apply—ask
for details at Reception.
Cadwell Park Motor Racing Circuit
One of the country’s most exciting motorcycle racing circuits with
plenty of action and thrills and spills. Situated 5 miles from
Louth on the Horncastle Road (A153). Racing is predominantly in the
Manby Motorplex provides a venue for many Motorsport events
- Rally stages on both tarmac and loose stage, 4x4 Off Road Racing,
Motorcycle Enduro Racing, Quad racing on the 100 acres of off road
terrain to mention a few! Ask at Reception for further details of
There are a number of excellent golf courses in the Louth
vicinity—Louth Golf Club (Crowtree Lane) and Kenwick Park Golf Club
are the most popular.
The swimming baths are located on Riverhead Road, about a five
minute walk from The Priory. The new Leisure Centre (opening early
2010) will be located on Wood Lane, about a 10 minute walk from The
Priory. The will comprise an 8 lane pool, leisure pool with slides,
health and fitness suites, dance studio and crèche.
As one of the least populated counties in Britain,
there are many opportunities for nature walks in the Louth
vicinity. We have details of several walks on the Wolds, ranging in
distance from 1½ to 8 miles. These encompass Tealby, Belchford,
Little Cawthorpe, South Thoresby, Goulceby, Tetford, South Elkington
and Raithby. The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival takes place
for two weeks during May each year. Ask at Reception for further
Seaview Haven is an ideal location for bird watching or just a
pleasant stroll on the beach. Take the B1200 past Manby, continue
straight to Saltfleet and then right to Theddlethorpe. Seaview
Haven is signposted. Gibraltar Point is located south of Skegness
and comprises a coastal stretch of sandy/muddy shores, dunes and
Anglers will find excellent fishing at the Brickyard
Fishery, South Somercotes and Fly fishing at Thorpe Vale Fisheries,
Donna Nook is renowned as the only land-based colony of grey
seals in Britain. It is possible to view the seals between November
and January when they come ashore to give birth. Turn left out of
The Priory and head towards North Somercotes. Donna Nook is
signposted from there.
Market Rasen Racecourse is a popular venue for punters located 15
miles from Louth.
The Wolds are perfect cycling terrain with gently rolling hills and
minimal traffic on the village roads. Louth Navigation Canal is
also an ideal cycling location.
Apart from the obvious attractions at the resorts of
Mabelthorpe, Cleethorpes and Skegness, there are a number of
activities for children in the Louth area. Rushmoor Country Park
is situated 2 miles outside Louth at North Cockerington and has
a tea room, children’s play area, birds of prey centre and petting
farm. Quackers Soft Play Centre is located on Tattershall
Way, Fairfield Industrial Estate and has climbing areas, indoor
slide, separate infant play area and Fair Trade café. Wragby
Maze is another favourite with children and is located 12 miles
from Louth on the Lincoln Road (A157). Rand Farm Park is
located on the Lincoln Road (A157) and has an petting farm, café and
indoor play area. Cleethorpes boasts a light railway, tenpin
bowling and multiscreen cinema and is located 19 miles from Louth.