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Hartsholme Country Park overview

About Hartsholme Country Park

Hartsholme Country Park is situated in the southwest of Lincoln, adjacent to Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve, approximately three miles from the city centre. The site comprises Victorian landscaped gardens, a large reservoir, woodlands and grasslands. Many features, both natural and built, survive from the original landscaping of the 1860s. We manage the park to maintain the existing habitats and access routes, deliver education and interpretation and provide.

Park facilities available

Hartsholme has the following facilities available for visitors:

  • Visitor Centre
  • Wooded and lakeside nature trails
  • Children’s play area
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing area
  • Café
  • Public toilets
  • Car park
  • Campsite

Visitor Centre and facilities

The Visitor Centre has exhibitions and interactive features on the wildlife and history of Hartsholme Country Park and neighbouring Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve.

Visitor Centre opening times

Opening times are subject to staff availability, but generally the centre is open on a daily basis from 11am - 4pm.

A map of the park and visitor’s guide, plus other information on trail, activities and events are available from the Visitor Centre.

Flora and fauna

Hartsholme Country Park is an area of over forty hectares containing a range of habitats including:

  • Semi improved acid grassland
  • Broadleaved plantation woodland
  • Standing open water
  • Amenity grassland


These habitats in turn support many species including nationally rare and endangered ones; species such as song thrush Turdus philomelos, bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula and pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus pipistrellus.

Some of the species found here are particularly important as they are considered rare or uncommon within an urban environment and within the Lincoln area: red-eyed damselfly Erythromma najas, Essex skipper Thymelicus lineola, and kingfisher Alcedo atthis are just a few examples.

You can learn more about the species found in Hartsholme Country Park and it’s neighbour Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve by visiting the Visitor Centre.

Getting to the park

The main entrance to Hartsholme Country Park is on the B1378 (Skellingthorpe Road). It is signposted from the A46 (Lincoln Bypass) and from the B1003 (Tritton Road).

A regular bus service (numbers six and nine) runs from the city centre. The nearest bus stop is two hundred metres from the main entrance.

Contact the park

For more information about the County Park or Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve please speak to the Park Rangers, using the Hartsholme Country Park contact details.

For more information about the campsite please speak to the Campsite Wardens using the Hartsholme Country Park campsite contact details.

Hartsholme Country Park

Skellingthorpe Road



Tel: 01522 873577

Email: hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk

Campsite Warden

Hartsholme Country Park

Skellingthorpe Road



Tel: 01522 873578

Email: hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk

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