Trains to Grantham
Best known as the birthplace of both Sir Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher, the market town of Grantham has been popular with history-hungry tourists for centuries.
With charming period buildings at every turn, Grantham is home to England’s oldest inn, the Angel and Royal (where you can still spend the night today) and one of the country’s largest medieval churches, St. Wulframs Church. There are plenty of brilliant shops, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained, too – and you should be sure to snap up a packet of delicious Grantham Gingerbread on your visit…
Travel to Grantham with First Hull Trains and you’ll enjoy a hassle-free, comfortable journey. Our trains to Grantham run from London (Kings Cross), Stevenage, Retford, Doncaster, Brough, Selby, Howden and Hull – details of train times can be found on our Travel Information page.
And you can save up to 60% on your train tickets to Grantham by booking in advance via our website. Plus you can now collect Nectar points, its 2 points for every £1 you spend with us.
Grantham Station information
Originally opened in 1852, Grantham Station is located right in the centre of town – so, as you step off your train to Grantham, you’re just a short stroll away from its many attractions, including the Grantham Museum and the Guildhall Arts Centre.
Customer services are open from 08.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday, and cycle storage can be found at the south end of platform 1.
The tickets office is open from 05.50 to 20.00 Monday to Saturday, and from 08.50 to 19.30 on Sunday. Self-service machines are also available.
Don’t forget that you can skip the ticket office and save up to 60% on your train ticket by booking in advance via our website.
Grantham station car park offers a generous 616 spaces and is open 24/7. The following charges apply:
£11 per day on weekdays
£6 per day on weekend
£47 per week
Monthly, three-monthly and annual car parking passes are also available (a valid rail season ticket must be presented).
A free short stay car park (maximum stay of one hour) is also available.
Taxis are normally available at the station’s rank, so advance booking isn’t usually necessary; however, if you are arriving early in the morning or late at night, it’s a good idea to book ahead with Grantham Taxis (01476 594594).
Buses are available from the town centre. For information on travelling by bus in Grantham and to plan your journey, visit the East Midlands Traveline website.
See & do
Located three miles north of Grantham town centre, this 17th century country house sits within 1300 acres of parkland. Explore the deer park, wander the gardens and take a tour of the house for a jam-packed family day out. The house and gardens are open from March until the end of October, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays.
Dysart Road, NG31 7LE
Let the kids loose at this wonderful ‘soft play’ indoor entertainment centre, where they can dive, duck and climb for hours on end. Fun for all the family, there’s a separate toddler area for the youngest visitors, and an onsite café serving a range of tasty meals and snacks.
St. Peter's Hill, NG31 6PY
Explore Grantham’s absorbing archaeological and social history, from Anglo Saxon times right up to the present day. Among the fascinating exhibits are a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton by Sir Godfrey Kneller and Margret Thatcher’s famous blue suit, donated by the Baroness herself.
The Guildhall Arts Centre
St. Peter's Hill, NG31 6PZ
Just a short walk from the station (so especially handy if you’re getting a train to Grantham), the Guildhall Arts Centre offers a varied programme of comedy, theatre, talks, dance, music and film. Check the website to find details of upcoming events and to book tickets.
The King’s School
Brook Street, NG31 6RP
Sir Isaac Newton was educated at The King’s School, and the original 1492 building where he would have studied is still used as the school library today. Unfortunately, the school isn’t open to the general public, but it’s still worth taking a look at the imposing exterior of the historic building.
Margret Thatcher’s Childhood Home
1 North Parade, NG31 8AT
Pay your respects to Grantham’s most famous political resident by visiting the former corner shop that she and her family once called home. It’s now a chiropractic clinic, but look out for the plaque that marks this humble building’s historic importance.
St. Wulframs Church
Church Street, NG31 6RR
Constructed in the 1300s from Lincolnshire limestone, St Wulframs is one of the largest medieval churches in the country and also boasts one of the UK’s tallest parish church spires. Awarded a five-star rating in Simon Jenkins’ book ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’, it’s a truly stunning building.
Sir Isaac Newton Statue
St. Peter's Hill, NG31 6PZ
Right in front of the Guildhall Arts Centre stands Grantham’s impressive statue of Sir Isaac Newton. Erected in 1858 and created by sculptor William Theed, it’s a fitting tribute to the town’s most famous son.
Water Lane, NG33 5PD
Take the short trip out of town to visit the manor house where Sir Isaac Newton spent his childhood, and also made some of his most important discoveries. In fact, you can still see the very apple tree that inspired his law of universal gravitation! Opening times vary, so check the website before your visit.
To find out more about attractions in Grantham, visit the Tourist Information Centre (located inside the Guildhall Arts Centre), or see the Visit South West Lincolnshire website.
Grantham Tourist Information Centre
St. Peter's Hill
Tel: 01476 406166
The George Centre
This shopping centre sits on the site of the former George Hotel (which received a mention in Charles Dickens’ ‘Nicholas Nickleby’), and the wonderful Georgian façade is still in place today. Explore a mixture of high street stores and independent retailers, and then stop off for a break at Cappuccinos.
Located a few miles outside of Grantham town centre, this impressive superstore offers customers everything from fashion, toys and gifts to beauty and homewares, and all under one roof. There’s also a furnishings store and garden centre right next door.
Food & Drink
15 Vine Street, NG31 6RQ. Tel: 01476 563681
Great value British fare is the order of the day at Barker’s Café. The generous portions are fresh, tasty and served by a team of friendly staff. Book a table to try the famous Sunday Roast – it’s the stuff of local legend.
10-11 Castlegate, NG31 6SE. Tel: 01476 404554
Pay a visit and you’ll immediately see how this charming 16th century pub got its curious name – from the large beehive that’s perched in the tree just outside! Dodge the bee swarm to find a wide selection of real ales and traditional pub grub inside.
Blue Pig Inn
9 Vine Street, NG31 6RQ. Tel: 01476 563704
You’ll discover that Grantham is packed with quaint pubs like the Blue Pig Inn, which still retains its original timber-framed frontage. With plenty of cosy corners where you can sup a quiet drink, it’s the ideal place to while away a relaxing evening.
The Eden Wine Bar & Garden Room Restaurant
6 Market Place, NG31 6LJ. Tel: 01476 569752
The winner of Best Venue in the 2012 East Midlands Food & Drink Awards, The Eden’s great at any time of day – pop into the bar for a leisurely lunch, or take your pick from The Garden Room’s varied à la carte menu come evening.
7 Westgate, NG31 6LT. Tel: 01476 567294
Highly recommended by locals, The Everest Inn offers a tempting range of homemade Nepalese and Indian dishes; the expert chefs even create their own spices onsite to ensure the finest possible quality.
17 High Street, NG31 8JS. Tel: 01476 561780
Food lovers can’t afford to miss Harry’s Place, the smallest Michelin-starred restaurant in the country. Your hosts Harry and Caroline offer a warm and friendly welcome and the very finest French cuisine, all from the front room of their impressive Georgian home.
9 North Street, NG31 6NU. Tel: 01476 565288
Situated on the corner of North Street, the Nobodys Inn is a lively pub that offers a selection of guest beers and traditional lagers. There’s also a widescreen TV, a pool table, a Playstation and even a giant Jenga game to keep you entertained.
18 Wharf Road, NG31 6BD. Tel: 01476 591558
Be transported to ‘Little Venice’ on a visit to this traditional family-run Italian restaurant. An intimate spot that’s perfect for date night, booking is advisable – it’s also just a couple of minutes’ walk from the station, so it’s a great first port of call if you’re taking an evening train to Grantham.
Siam Garden Thai Restaurant
59a London Road, NG31 6ET. Tel: 01476 576383
Overlooking a lovely, oriental-themed garden, this award-winning Thai restaurant offers an exquisite range of authentic dishes. Not sure where to start? The set menus are a great way to get a taste of the ‘highlights’.
With so much to see and do, you’ll want somewhere comfy and convenient to rest your head when your day in Grantham comes to an end.
Luckily for you, hotels in Grantham range from charming B&Bs to four-star showstoppers, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Here are just a few of your options when it comes to an overnight stay in this quaint market town. You can find out more and book a room on the Hull Trains Superbreaks website.
32-34 Avenue Road, NG31 6TH. Tel: 01476 561876
This cosy, family-run B&B offers great value accommodation right in the heart of Grantham, and a guaranteed warm welcome. And, as it’s just ten minutes’ walk from the train station, it’s an especially great spot to stay if you’re taking one of our trains to Grantham.
Best Western Angel and Royal Hotel
High Street, NG31 6PN. Tel: 01476 565816
Enjoy a restful night in England’s oldest inn! Welcoming weary travellers since 1203, this characterful three-star hotel offers 29 traditionally decorated bedrooms with en-suite facilities – wander its halls and you’ll notice that charming period details and nods to it historic past are dotted everywhere.
Belton Woods Hotel
Belton, North Grantham, NG32 2LN. Tel: 01476 593200
Looking for a stunning country retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of Grantham town centre? Overlooking a picturesque lake, the four-star Belton Woods Hotel is set in 475 acres of parkland and boasts a PGA-approved golf course, spa, brasserie and bar.
The Kings Hotel
130 North Parade, NG31 8AU. Tel: 01476 590800
Set in a grand Victorian building, The Kings Hotel was fully refurbished and renovated in 2012. Each of the 21 guest rooms is elegantly furnished and ultra-comfortable, and there are also two fantastic restaurants to choose from.
25 Avenue Road, NG31 6TH. Tel: 01476 591395
With single, twin, double and family rooms available, this charming guest house is a real home away from home. Just a short stroll from the centre of town, you can spend a relaxing night in your room then start the day right with a hearty English breakfast.
Premier Inn Grantham
Harlaxton Road, Grantham, NG31 7JT. Tel: 0871 527 8470
The Grantham branch of this always-popular hotel chain, located one mile outside of the town centre, offers guests spacious rooms and a guaranteed good nights’ sleep, and the whole family will enjoy dining at the onsite Brewers Fayre.