Lincoln has a very famous Christmas Market. It usually happens in the first weekend of December. During the event, which happens day and night there are many tourists in town. Parking might be a bit crazy as some streets are closed for cars.
There are stands and stalls all over the city selling Christmas souvenirs, Lincolnshire produce and crafts.
They say it's the biggest in Europe, but I don't know about that, since I haven't been to them all.
At night there are bands playing, attractions, etc.
It's fun, for a night/day out!
Fondest memory: I think I will miss feeling like I'm being part of a comunity, the city is so nice to walk about and it's large enough that you have a lot of things to do, places to go out and restaurants to dine. I'll miss Lincoln.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Bailgate is a continuation of Steep Hill and follows the course of the main north-south Roman Ermine Street through the city. At the northern end of it stands the northern gate to the Roman city: Newport Arch.
As Lincoln stands on the only major hill in the very flat county of Lincolnshire, the city can be seen from miles away. Driving towards, it the first sight you will see of the city is the cathedral and what you think is the castle, but actually that other tall building is in fact the water tower.
It is not easy to stop and take a photograph, however, as tha A46 is a busy, narrow road, with few covenient places to stop. Although, I had some nice views of the city from 20 miles away, I could not find a place to park my car by the roadside until i was much nearer.
Favorite thing: I was really impressed by the signing in Lincoln (historical quarter). Signs were sensibly placed, useful, informative and detailed. They've also provided little machines where you can buy a map.........very sensible idea (though I didn't buy one).
Favorite thing: One of my favourite things to do in Lincoln is to walk along the walls in the castle. Not least because you get great views of the Lincolnshire plain I mentioned in the introduction. It feels like you could see to the other end of England on a clear day.
If you have never been to Lincoln before, the Cathedral area is what you should stick to. A small area on top of the hill gives you both cathedral, castle and some nice shops and pubs.
Fondest memory: Wandering around places where my husband has had fun in his youth (his sister lives here).
Lincoln Cathedral is huge, even with a 24mm lens, you don't get a lot of it in!
The cathedral of 1092 actually only lasted until 1185 when it was largely destroyed by an earthquake! In fact may disasters have befallen the cathedral, it must be one of the most unlucky in the country. Its original roof was destroyed in 1141, then there was the eathquake in 1185, it's 540 foot central spire collapsed in bad weather in 1547 and the smaller spires of the western towers were demolished by the Victorians!
Favorite thing: A lovely view of St. Marks Square. Not St Marks Square Venice of course, but Lincoln's equivalent. It's right down the high street across the railway line, part of a new shopping development and with a couple of nice pubs too.
Favorite thing: Newport Arch, standing at the end of Bailgate, the oldest surviving Roman Arch that is still serving in Britain! (Meaning there may be others that are older but are not in a city centre with a road through them).
Favorite thing: The Waterside Shopping Centre. Fairly new, nicely set and with some decent shops. It's not so good now as it was when we were there a few years back. Then it had some REALLY interesting shops, selling 'new age' stuff, candles, aromatherapy, natural products, etc etc. It's mainly high street stores now.
Favorite thing: The gate at the bottom of the hill, known as Stonebow. The Guildhall sits aside and above this gateway. Beyond the gate away from the bottom of the hill is the busy newer part of the city of Lincoln, with many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Favorite thing: From the bottom of Steep Hill, looking back up towards the cathedral. One of our favourite views, the different stone colours of the buildings, and the magnificent cathedral towers atop the hill! Lovely.
Favorite thing: Jews House, dating from the 12th century. Lincoln had one of the oldest Jewish communities in Britain and some of their surviving houses here in Lincoln are the oldest remaining domestic buildings in the country.
Favorite thing: Looking down the top part of Steep Hill in Lincoln. This street leads from Castle Square down into the main part of the city. It is lined with lovely shops and old historic buildings. Some of the finest historic buildings in Lincoln are here.