The county of Lincolnshire, despite being geographically large at some 3000 square miles, remains sparsely populated overall. The countryside is varied and full of contrasts, from the 40 mile stretch of rolling hills and deep valleys in the north, known as the Welds, to the flatness of the Fens in the south, where the land rises just above sea level and is appropriately named Little Holland. Lying between these two diverse geographic types, and a little inland, is the wooded upland of Kesteven. The ancient Cathedral City of Lincoln is the principal attraction, but the county does have a number of other historic towns, including Boston, Louth and Stamford.
Spalding is famous as the 'tulip capital' of the region, and draws many thousands of people to its tulip fields; in addition, the county's long eastern coastline offers a number of holiday resorts.Famous figures originating from Lincolnshire include the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the scientist Sir Isaac Newton.