|Farmers here grow everything from the humble carrot to the classy asparagus, not to mention a staggering number of flowers. The county grows half of Britain's bulbs while Spalding - also known as 'Tulip Land' - comes alive in spring when its fields look more like multi-coloured oil paintings.
The county's roots date back beyond the Romans who vanquished a British tribe known as the Coritani. In the 9th century the county was divided into 'wapentakes' by the Vikings who gave many of the towns Scandinavian-style names.
It became strategically critical during the Second World War when numerous RAF squadrons - including the Dambusters - flew from its airfields to attack Germany. Many of these, along with several important aviation museums, today draw crowds anxious to hear the full story of this turbulent time. On display are famous planes such as Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.
|Although the county hosts a large number of traditional markets, there are few towns of any great size. The most notable are Grimsby, whose museums celebrate the North Sea fishing industry, and the 'capital' Lincoln, famous for its fabulous, triple-towered cathedral, the third largest in the country after St Paul's and York Minster.
This is a masterpiece of the medieval age, rising up to 365 feet and boasting a curious variety of architectural styles. Within is one of only four copies of the Magna Carta.
|A little south, in the Lincolnshire Vales, are scores of pretty villages, historic buildings and lavish country houses set amidst beautiful, rolling countryside. Both the scientist Sir Isaac Newton and the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher grew up here under expansive, freedom-loving skies.
If any of these attractive features lures you to Lincolnshire there is one more thing you should know. The pub grub in this part of Britain has few equals!