Nestled at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Louth is a historic market town that is traversed by the Greenwich Meridian. Archaeological findings indicate the area has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic era, with the town growing to more than 120 households by the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
Things to do in Louth
In the heart of Louth is St. James’ Church, which is famed as the location of the 16th-century Lincolnshire Rising. Gaze up at the church’s 87-metre-high spire before joining a guided tour to learn about the building’s links to the Tudor Period rebellions. The interior features a beautiful high altar, stained-glass windows and an organ built by Gray & Davidson.
On the northern edge of the town centre is the Louth Museum, an award-winning attraction that showcases the rich history of the community. Get a bird’s eye view of Louth during Victorian times and learn about its brick-making and printing industries, then see fossils discovered in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Also on display are locally made textiles and an impressive collection of woodcarvings by Thomas Wilkinson Wallis.
Sprawling west of Louth is the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of low, rolling hills that has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is dotted with medieval villages that have long since been abandoned, as well as landmarks associated with the Vikings. Stretching from Barton-upon-Humber to Rutland is the Viking Way, a long-distance walking trail that takes in several prehistoric settlements.
Getting around Louth
Louth is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Sheffield and just under two hours from Leeds. Birmingham Airport is 2.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular buses connect to Louth and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.