South Lincolnshire offers some of the best countryside getaways you'll find this side of The Humber and located right in the heart of that stunning rural landscape is the town of Boston. With the town's agricultural backdrop, the port's fascinating heritage and the green spaces right on the doorstep, you'll struggle to find many better rural countryside retreats anywhere across the county. And what better way to explore a historic market town than in the company of a loved one?
We've put together a unique one-day itinerary, perfect for couples eager to discover the beauty of Boston. We've shortlisted some of the 'hidden gem' things to do, places to visit and recommendations for romantic places to eat. If you're yet to visit the town and are looking for Boston's 'blockbuster' things to do during your visit, check out our Best things to do in Boston in 2013 blog and make sure you tick off all the big hitters.
Boston is blessed with a fantastic selection of country parks and nature reserves all around the town. If you enjoy walks in the outdoors, wildlife spotting, or just taking a break from being indoors, you're almost spoilt for choice in Boston.
Frampton Marsh & Freiston Shore are the town's go-to outdoor spaces. As RSPB Nature Reserves, they are formidable tourist destinations in their own rights and are well worth a visit on a trip to Boston, but if you're looking for something a little closer to town bursting with unique character and popular with the locals, we'd recommend taking a stroll around Witham Way Country Park.
In a trail of trees, wildflowers and greenery, this country park offers one of the most peaceful woodland walks to enjoy in the area. The country park runs alongside the river Witham so offers relaxing views of the waterway and with St. Botolph's Church off in the distance, it's unlikely you'll tire of the views in this green space. Dotted along the paths, you'll find wooden sculptures, bug parks, and bird boxes that local owls tend to make residency in.
The surroundings are simply captivating in all seasons, in spring you can watch the windflower meadows come to life and flourish, and the tree cover offers fantastic autumnal walks in the cooler months, so no matter what time of year you decide to go, you'll be surrounded by glorious wildlife.
The recommended circular walk takes around 1 hour to complete and since the route is paved with all-weather paths, it's great for pushchairs and accessible access.
If you fancy a slightly longer riverside walk, the Water Rail Way Cycle Route is a lovely off-road path which follows the river Witham north all the way up to the City of Lincoln. We recommend following this path for a lovely 30-minute stroll up to Anton's Gowt and calling into The Dinky Green Kitchen for a refreshing drink or a bite to eat.
Exploring a traditional English market town is unquestionably best paired with a quintessentially English traditional lunch - Afternoon Tea. The Little Kitchen's warm and homely ambience thanks to the friendly staff, makes this a perfect spot for a lunch break.
Arriving on a beautiful, layered caddy filled to the brim with moreish light bites, The Little Kitchen's afternoon tea leaves you spoilt for choice with fresh finger sandwiches, fruit, macarons, and scones, paired with homemade lemonade.
Located inside the Waterfall Plaza, this cafe is right in the town centre and just a short walk from Witham Way Country Park along the riverside footpath.
The Boston Belle River & Sea Trips is the perfect way to experience Boston's rivers and the stunning aquatic wildlife at The Wash. As you are guided along Boston's iconic waterways, you'll come across an abundance of wildlife and get the opportunity to see the town from a new point of view. With the town's rich heritage closely tied to its roots as a shipping port and its historic relations with the Hanseatic League, it's no surprise that exploring the area by water provides such a fresh perspective on the town.
This laid-back tour of Boston by water is great for couples. The standard tour lasts around 5 hours and takes you out to sea along the River Haven. During the tour, you may be lucky enough to spot the bold colony of seals along the river Welland.
This one does take a little bit of planning to make sure you're in the area on one of the Boston Belle's planned sailing dates, but if you are, this is well worth the trip.
As the evening approaches, why not enjoy an intimate fine-dining experience at Juliet's Restaurant? Led by experienced Cordon Bleu-trained chef Juliet Chatfield, this restaurant offers an immersive taste of Lincolnshire with a fantastic selection of courses to choose from. This quaint restaurant is open Friday-Sunday and is the perfect option for a candle-lit fine dining experience. Located on Wormgate, this restaurant is just a short walk from St. Botolph's Church and the market square.
So after all of this, there's just one question left to ask...
Whether you go along with our itinerary recommendations or explore the town at your own pace, you're bound to need a place to stay the night right? There's a fantastic selection of quality hotels and accommodation providers in the town centre and in the surrounding countryside.
A luxury hotel in Boston town centre in a restored building with views of Boston Stump.
An angelic venue, The Poachers Country Hotel, can create bespoke wedding days, and events for special occasions, with spacious function rooms and…
The White Hart Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House in the heart of Boston offers spectacular views of Boston and caters for a range of occasions.
A luxurious and newly built 24-room hotel boasting a modern and attractive design in the middle of the market town of Boston.