Rural England in all its glory, Lincolnshire’s home to bustling market towns, sleepy villages where the buildings are made of stone and of course, castle-dotted countryside that’ll make you want to stay for a lifetime.

We’ll start with the city of Lincoln, and all we can say is prepare to be wowed. With a cathedral that still inspires those who see it for the first time and Lincoln Castle, the city’s a gorgeous blend of the historic and the contemporary. Sites that date back to the days when the Romans called the city home sit alongside bustling bars and restaurants, and if you catch the shuttle bus to Tackle Steep Hill you’ll find cosy tearooms and vintage shops.

If you’re keen to experience the England of days gone by, then head to Stamford. The most complete stone town in the country, Stamford proudly hosts a Georgian festival every other year, and put it this way – we couldn’t imagine a place more suited to it. Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley House are two of the county’s most elegant attractions, so if you were hoping for a day that’s all about striking architecture and gardens you’ll want to take home with you then add these to your list.

Friday is always market day, so foodies get the chance to sample the true flavours of the region. There’s also plenty of opportunity to pick up bargains, and if you like to browse the shops you’ll find dozens of quirky, independent ones that make it great fun.

If you were hoping to take some time out to get walking or back on your bike during your Lincolnshire holiday then make sure you visit The Fens. Blissfully flat, this section of the countryside couldn’t be better for cyclists and walkers – and there’s always something to see along the way.