Historic Louth is the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is situated in Mid Lincolnshire, 25 km south of Grimsby, 40 km from Lincoln. There are no rail links to Louth, so car is the realistic way of getting there.
The town has a population of around 15 000, although there are lots of close surrounding villages.
Louth is well known for having been the home of Lord Tennyson.
You should expect to have to pay to park in the town centre, during peak hours.
The most striking feature of Louth is the tall St James' Church. This is the tallest parish church in England, built in the 16th century, 295 ft high. There are opportunities for people to go to the top.
There are lots of attractive buildings in the town centre which are of Georgian and early Victorian Era. Numerous street names end with "gate", such as Eastgate and Westgate. This stems from when the Danes conquered the region, in the 9th century. The Danish name "gata" meant "street".
Louth has more pubs than just about any other town of a similar size in England. There is somewhere in the region of 20-25 pubs. The market place has a good choice of restaurants, fish and chip shops, and varied eating establishments. The town also has a cinema and night clubs.There are market days on wednesday, friday and saturday, and these are very popular, along with the independent shops.
Often overlooked is Louth Museum. This is 100 years old, and has recently been awarded full national accreditation by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The museum contains some intriguing paintings and carvings, along with a book shop.
Just outside of the town centre, is the visually attractive Hubbards Hills, which is a well kept area of parkland, very popular on summer days.
Motor racing fans will be interested in Cadwell Park, a race track on the outskirts of Louth. There is some fairly high profile competitive motorcycle racing throughout the year. These races attract many international visitors. Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason has swiftly steered around the track in his Ferrari 512.
There is a good choice of hotels, which are relatively cheap for England. Also, many of the pubs have rooms which can be rented.
I've visited Louth on many occasions, and although it is a small place, I never get tired of going there. It is nice for a relaxing afternoon, seeing the historic buildings, walking round the shops. Hubbards Hills is a nice extra dimension to the place. It would be silly to suggest that there is enough to do to last a whole week, or even a whole weekend. However, it is worth a visit, perhaps for an afternoon, say, if you were staying in the nearby coastal town of Cleethorpes. Or perhaps you are driving through, it might be a good idea to stop and take a look around for a while. There are certainly lots of friendly people, and the place is much cheaper than parts of the South of England.
Overall, a nice place to go, but probably just for half a day, unless visiting Cadwell Park.
I originally wrote this review on www.helium.com under the name "carl marshall".
Small and quaint - isn't that what every visitor says? Louth, in Lincolnshire , nestles amongst the hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds and is that rare thing - a small town populated with independant shops and eclcted tastes. Walk up and down the main streets and you will come across interesting little shops - full of intriguing gifts and little hide aways. There are few national chains - Country Casuals and Wilkinsons being examples - and many a well stocked charity shop to tempt the passer by. Even the cinema is an independent one!
Within the town centre there is also a market place - with a market every friday and saturday and a farmers market every fourth week. There are a number of cafes, bars and pubs to dine in - with plenty of car parking spaces available.
Moving further afield there is Hubbards Hills - a wonderful parkland - poplular in the summer for picnics and a lovely artists' trail of sculptures around the town. Add in a wonderful array of historic buildings - churches such as St James and houses such as the one where Lord Alfred Tennyson one lived - and you have a magical town within which to spend a few dasy. Add into the mix facts such as the town lies on the meridian line and that the first ever Currys opened in Louth and you can begin to see the towns history. Complete the picture by pointing out that Louth is just twenty minutes from the sea - Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe and Skegness (albeit a little further out) - and you can see why Louth is a poular tourist attraction.
Ahhh the lovely Georgian town of Louth situated in the quietness of the wolds. Sounds quite nice when I put it like that don?t it. Anyway It?s not that bad considering the size of it. ~~~Location~~~ Like my other reviews I?ve written for the uk/travel guide, this town is located again in Lincolnshire. But it?s a bit of a world away from Grimsby and Cleethorpes trust me. If you haven?t read my other reviews Lincolnshire Is a county located on the east side of the uk. Also I may point out that Lincolnshire is one of the counties with the most uninhabited land. This is because the land in Lincolnshire is mainly used for farming.. But that doesn?t mean to say Louth?s boring for everyone. ~~~History~~~ I won?t go on for to long in this subject as there is so much history behind Louth and I?ll only tell you the interesting bits. Like there is evidence that Louth dates back to 750 AD. An that monks congregated here and built an abbey which you can still see the layouts now under the grass. And also two famous people (well that I know of) lived here. Ok I admit a long time ago but still, we still have our claim to fame. Lord Tennyson lived here and so did Captain John Smith you know the one who found Pocahontas. He also went to the same school as me which was first founded in 1752. Hmm what else can I tell you. Oh we know there were settlers in Louth in the Anglo Saxon times because in 1950 some graves were found and the bones dated back to that period. The other stuff is for people who are really into history. Which I suspect is not the majority of you. ~~~~Things to do~~~~ As you may have guessed Louth is not the largest of towns. But that doesn?t mean there?s nothing to do. First of all we have a three screen cinema. Ok two of the screens are only a slightly bit bigger than the wide screen TV?s that we can buy for our homes. But one is of a decent size. They are also in the style of the traditional
cinema and I will admit that the furnishings and décor is a bit dated, it looks like something straight out of the 70?s and another strange thing is that we still have intermissions in the films, where I have not seen this happen in any other cinema that I?ve been in. The prices are not really reasonable for what it is. Adults are £4.50 Children are £3.00. But I shouldn?t complain too much. At least we?ve got one. We have just had a new theatre built as well. We?ve had a theatre for quite a while, but recently I think the council Louth needed sprucing up a bit as the old theatre building was becoming a bit run down, and to be honest it was nothing to sing and dance about. Then a few months ago an new building built with modern and glass brick with art piece on top was built. Although I do not know the prices as I have not had time to visit here yet. But I?ve heard that they?re reasonable. Right next door to the cinema is Louth swimming pool. Ok this is not one of the most impressive things in Louth. But I suppose its better than nothing. Its only a small pool. Not a full size Olympic one. But it suits us. There is also a sauna there which is available for £2 extra. A small gym is also built on next to the swimming pool which has all the essentials but nothing fancy. Coming back to the swimming pool again. They do give lessons. And then there are fun days for the children when they can bring their own inflatable. They also have some floats and other things for the children to enjoy themselves. It costs £3.50 for adults and £2.00 for children. They also have a couple of tennis courts bowling green and a couple of squash courts for you to play on if the weather is nice. There is a small charge for using this service. But at least its something to do. Hubbard?s Hills is a place where residents and visitors of Louth like to visit. This is quite a pleasant place. A river going between to steep hills. The space was cr
eated by a glacier in the ice age, and has left a beauty spot for today. Its just your typical natural beauty and isn?t spoiled. The only human features are a couple of bridges some toilets and a café. A lovely place to go when the weathers pleasant. And carrying on from this there are a number of other walks around the place which will take you to some small villages and hamlets a few miles away. There are more than 20 walks available if that?s your thing and the routes are available in the tourist information centre, in the centre of town. There is also a market place which is open on a Monday Wednesday Friday and Saturday. People come from surrounding villages to visit it as it has some quite interesting thing for sale. ~~~Shops~~ Louth hasn?t many shops. The main ones are Woolworth?s, New Look, Spinning wheel, Boots, and super drug. The rest are not chain stores, but there are a few nice alternative things for sale like incense sticks and candles in some new age stores. But I go to Grimsby for all my clothes shopping. Although you don?t need to travel far to find a supermarket. There are three in Louth. A kwick save , Summerfield?s and a co-op. Although fairly small they will have everything to get you by. ~~~Places to stay~~ Again there are a number of places to stay in Louth. The one I can talk about the most though is the priory hotel. As I did my work experience here. This is quite a small hotel. It has 12 bedrooms in total. The building was built in the late 1700?s I think. And downstairs it has some of the old features. Like the heavy solid oak doors. And the windows look very gothic. They have made it look very nice? the owners Paul and Shelly Hugill. There is a living room, and then a bar for the guests to use. And a dining area where the guests can eat breakfast. As this is a bed and breakfast hotel. I think a double rooms costs between £60 -£75. The £75 is for the honeymoon suit of course. The
bedrooms are nothing special. They all have a telly, and tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms/ They also have a bathroom attached. But it is clean and the service is good, and does certainly not qualify for the hotels from hell program. Then there are a few others which I don?t know much about. There?s ?The Beaumont Hotel? another expensive and rather classy one. ?The Kenick Park hotel? which is the most expensive of the lot. It has an adjoining 18 hole golf course, but you have to pay an extra £25 to take advantage of that. Double room prices start at £98 a night. In this price 24 hour room service is available. A gym, swimming pool with Jacuzzi steam and sauna room , Indoor games, snooker, squash and tennis are all available at your service. There are a number of rooms available in our many pubs they will charge you a lot less then these top class hotels. So there?s places to stay for all budgets. It may sound boring because it hasn?t got the latest multi screen cinema complex or shopping mall. But there?s plenty of opportunity to have fun in the countryside. Although you do have to rely on the weather
Louth, population 12000, not including any sheep, is too small to be a major tourist destination. I`ve lived here for years and it has always seemed to be a quiet, sleepy place. Nevertheless there are several places worth a visit around here, particularly if you have younger children in tow.
During the summer the townspeople of Louth head for the hills. Hubbards Hills, that is, as well as Westgate Fields which are right beside each other on the outskirts of town. On sunny bank holidays perhaps a third of the town will be there, or so it appears, paddling in the river Lud and feeding the ducks. Whilst Westgate Fields are mostly just fields, the Hills are truly beautiful. There`s plenty of space for children to run about in, lots of trees, and even a wierd-looking drinking fountain that no longer works.