Situated in stunning formal flower gardens, a short bus ride from Grantham station, Belton House is a wonderful day out for all the family. This typical English country estate offers family-friendly fun, fascinating stories and scenic walks. Explore over three centuries of history, discover the unknown mysteries and observe the spectacular wildlife, fauna and flora at this Lincolnshire gem.

With over 300 years of history, this Grade I listed building was originally built for Sir John Brownlow, and whilst it remained in the family until the 1980s, it was briefly used by the government in the World War I war effort. The 1930s also saw the house heavily involved in a royal scandal when the future king Edward visited with his mistress Wallis Simpson. The impressive rooms reflect its rich history, displaying treasures from the restoration period of the 17th century, through to the glamorous high life of the thirties.

Intriguing tales and hidden secrets aren't all this grand mansion has to offer; Belton is also famous for its beautiful surroundings. Witness the serenity of the vibrant exotic plants in the classical orangery, or enjoy colourful summer strolls through the Italian and Dutch garden quarters. With its aromatic lavender beds, the Dutch garden is particularly pleasant for a relaxing stroll. If you're wanting to be even closer to nature, Belton is home to a 1,300-acre ancient parkland and historical wood. View the local wildlife, including the striking spotted orchids, South African swallows and the resident fallow deer. During the last weeks of June you may even be able to spy some of the first-born fawns of the year. The boating lakes are just as beguiling, with their blanket of bluebells and other wildflowers as well as being a perfect place for a picnic.

Equipped with a restaurant, café and several gift shops, Belton is a fantastic day out for all the family. The site boasts the National Trust's largest adventure playground, furnished with custom-built play equipment - a great way to let the kids blow off steam before the journey home. Featuring climbing frames, slides, a giant play tower and charming miniature railway, the adventure space is excellent for young explorers. An indoor play area can also be accessed, allowing the fun to continue rain or shine. If you manage to peel the kids away from the recreational parks, Belton's Discovery Centre offers a programme of seasonal crafts and exploration activities, suitable for all ages.

Adult tickets start from £8.80, with Child tickets starting from £6.60. Discounted family and group admissions can also be arranged. Prices do differ depending on the time of year. Opening times across all facilities at Belton House also vary so please check their informative calendar before you plan your day out. And if you do end up at Belton House, be sure to share your photos with us via Twitter or Facebook

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