Louth is a charming market town perched on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Known for having a lovely blend of Georgian and Victorian architecture, Louth is packed with independent shops and has a surprising amount to see and do despite the relatively small size of the town. We wanted to publish a guide for anyone planning to visit Louth in 2023, let's get into it:
Where is Louth?
What is there to see and do in Louth?
Despite being quite a small place, there is actually quite a bit to see and do in Louth. Here are some of the highlights:
St James Church
This stunning 15th century church in Louth dominates the skyline of the town and is a really special and impressive place to visit. From an architectural perspective, there is so much to admire about this building - from the Victorian Perpendicular style to the beautifully designed stained windows. But the real standout feature is the spire. At over 287ft, it's actually the tallest spire in England and the 3rd tallest in the UK. You can enter the church and explore the interior, but it's also just as pleasant to admire from the outside. Learn more here - teamparishoflouth.org.uk
If you're interested to learn about the local history of the town, then a visit to Louth Museum is highly recommended. Here you'll find a fascinating collection of items and exhibits outlining the history of Louth, including information about the Louth flood of 1920 and the story of the Ghost of the Green Lady. But as well as local history, there are also artefacts here from further afield - for example, a very interesting collection of rocks and fossils from the Lincolnshire Wolds and the largest national collection of Victorian woodcarvings. It's very reasonably priced and kids go free, learn more here - louthmuseum.org.uk
This chalk valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideal for a free day out for all the family in Louth. With its tranquil river, gentle walking trails, and lush greenery, it provides a perfect setting for relaxation, picnicking, and outdoor activities. The great thing about Hubbard's Hills is that it's stunning at any time of the year - it's green and lush during the summer, and during the autumn months it's typically golden-amber with fallen leaves. We love it, learn more here - visitlincolnshire.com
Explore the independent shops and businesses
Louth is an excellent place for independent shopping, with an estimated 70% of the businesses in Louth being independently owned. There is something in the town for every taste and preference - if you're looking for an excellent selection of antiques then The Old Maltings Antique Centre is a must-visit. Lucks of Louth is great for fans of fashion, and Little Bits of Louth is great if you want to take a memento home with you. You've also got a host of restaurants and pubs to enjoy, including The Mansion House and Marrakesh.
Visit Alvingham Lakes
If you enjoy fishing, then a visit to Alvingham Lakes is highly recommended - the lakes here are stocked with carp including grass carp and koi carp, as well as eels and golden tench. But even if you're not interested in fishing, these lakes are still great to visit if you want to explore the surrounding area by bicycle - you can hire a bike for £10 per day from Alvingham Lakes, which is very reasonable. Learn more here - alvinghamlakes.co.uk
Things to be aware of before visiting Louth
As we mentioned in our introduction, Louth is quite a small town but has quite a bit to see and do, and is perfectly placed for exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds. So if you enjoy long walks then you'll absolutely want to bring your walking gear with you to Louth.