In Medieval times Steep Hill was named Micklegate. The Roman Ermine Street ran just to the left of the current street, but you can still see one side of the Roman archway that stood at the southern end of the city. The street was given its current name in the eighteenth century and it really is a steep hill, as you will find if you walk all of the way up it.
One of the four original Magna Cartas is kept inside Lincoln Castle. This was England's first "constitution", which a group pf powerful barons forced King John to agree to, at Runnymede, in 1215. Hugh, the Bishop of Lincoln, was present at its signing.
You can see it, but you are not allowed to photograph it. The same rule applies at Salisbury Cathedral, where one of the other originals is on display. The remaining two are kept in the British Library in London.There is a copy in a glass case on the wall, just before the exit, and nobody seems to mind if you photograph that. The original doesn't have the seal or the crests all around the border.
If you want to read the full text of the Magna Carta, click on the link below:
The Roman Forum
The Forum was the civic cente of the Roman colony of Lindum Colonia. built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. It was an impressive paved square, surrrounded by covered walkways on all four sides, with shops, offices and shrines. Today, you can just see some sections of wall that have been excavated and fenced off.
It is next to the big Westgate car park.
The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk Tour
This Ghost Walk is an extremely interesting look at Lincoln's rich history. Lasting for about an hour, this tour runs rain, hail or ... clear night.
Each of the different guides has something a little different to tell depending on their own knowledge, but go to the same places. I went twice - the first time it was raining so hard that my teeth started chattering. Undaunted, the woman continued with the tour, but we scurried off to a pub to warm up and dry off!
The tour runs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm from the Information Centre - at the top of Steep Hill in between the castle and the cathedral.
Cost is £4.00 for Adults, and £2.00 for Children under 12
New art & archaeology museum, near Steep Hill and incorporating the Usher building. Hundreds of artefacts from prehistory to Norman, well-displayed and with lots of hands-on activities and interactive screens for children (or grown-up children!).
The entrance has a huge soundwall installation by artist Adinda van't Klooster.....an amazing (and slightly weird) experience, impossible to describe in this limited space.
The cafe is rather pleasant too, with truly excellent cherry & walnut scones; mine were so freshly-baked they were still warm.