Lincoln Travel Guide

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    Lincoln Cathedral from Castle's wall
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    East Gate
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Lincoln Highlights

  • Pro
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     Medieval architecture 

  • Con
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     Steep Hill is no misnomer! It really is steep! 

  • In a nutshell
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     More history than you can shake a stick at! 

Lincoln Things to Do

  • Lincoln Cathedral

    Lincoln Cathedral otherwise known as Saint Mary's Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful gothic buildings in the whole of Europe. It can be seen from practically every location in the city of Lincoln and is by far the most visited and most famous sights of the city. Lincoln's first Cathedral was built in 1092 by Bishop Remigious, most...

  • Olympic Golden Post Box

    Outside the Magna Carta pub in the historic section of Lincoln is one of the Golden Olympic Post Boxes. As a celebration of the Olympic games being held in London during 2012 it was decided that for every gold medal that an athlete won during either the Olympics or Paralympics that a post box would be painted gold in the home city of the person...

  • Lincoln Cathedral

    Lincoln Cathedral otherwise known as Saint Mary's Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful gothic buildings in the whole of Europe. It can be seen from practically every location in the city of Lincoln and is by far the most visited and most famous sights of the city.Lincoln's first Cathedral was built in 1092 by Bishop Remigious, most of...

  • Steep Hill

    Steep Hill is the street which is most associated with the medieval old town of Lincoln. The street is a prolongation from the more modern shopping streets like High Street and Strait and leads up to Castle Hill. Especially close to Castle Hill, you will find many half-timbered buildings, including the house where the "Wig and Mitre" is located....

  • Jew's House, Norman House & Medieval...

    In the height of middle ages, Lincoln was one of the most important cities in the country. Weaving and wool trade made it prosperous, many of the merchants being of Jewish Origin. One of the best known was Aaron of Lincoln, who lived in the 12th century. He was probably the richest man in the country and gave loans to finance large projects of...

  • Newport Arch

    Newport Arch is the remaining structure of a Roman gate from the 3rd century. It is one of the oldest structures in Britain and the oldest one used in everyday traffic. Although two lorries have caused some damage to the arch (in 1964 and 2004 resp.), the Newport Arch is still well and alive.


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Lincoln Restaurants

  • The Best of Lincoln

    This place has the makings of a Michelin star restaurant. No wonder, as the very innovative chef has worked in some Michelin kitchens. We were very happy with our dinner here and would happily return if our path takes us again to Lincoln.The exterior of the building reflects it's origins in the 12th century, but the inside dining room is very...

  • Wig and Mitre

    The Wig and Mitre is what we call in England as a "Gastro-pub" in other words it is a pub/ public house which serves good quality food throughout the day. The pub serves food from around 8:30 in the morning until late in the evening, it is conveniently located near the Cathedral on the famous Steep Hill so I wouldn't get too drunk!! The pub has a...

  • Pub-restaurant with relaxing atmosphere

    Not the cheapest restaurant I ever had, but surely not the worst. The Wig and Mitre mixes menu and old-style ambience of an old style pub with the quietness and food quality of a better restaurants. Dishes available range from typical pub dishes to own creations, though the choice is small but fine. Had a good dinner to finish my day in Lincoln and...

  • Best ice cream in England

    Blyton Ice cream is an Ice cream parlour located in.... you guessed it Blyton which is a village in Lincoln between the towns of Gainsborough and Scunthorpe. Blyton Ice cream also serves a number of other deserts and also has a hot food menu for those of you who don't want an ice cream. Ice creams can be ordered from the parlour outdoors where you...

  • Cosy Pub/Restaurant in Lincoln

    This old style pub is a lovely cosy place where you can go for a few drinks with friends or have a nice meal. There are a few open fires around that you can sit near in the winter with a nice cup of coffee or a hot toddy if you prefer!Split by the bar in the middle, the seating is fairly private for such a large place and the chairs are comfortable...

  • Established in 1902

    This cafe/restaurant is great for a light lunch or afternoon tea. It is situated on the bridge over the river Witham in the heart of the shopping district. Enter through the baker's shop on the ground floor and as you go up the creaky stairs you can read all about the history of the building.


Lincoln Nightlife

  • Good old popular real ale pub

    One of the most popular pubs in Lincoln which has a history dating back to 1843. I was opened as "The Victoria", spent most of its life under the name "Cross Key Inn" and reverted back to its original name in 1981. There are ver ylimited kitchen times, but snacks such as crisps are always available. As a compensation, Queen Victoria welcomes you...

  • Spot The Aussie

    Walkabout is an "Aussie" pub chain, perhaps only by name but I'm an Aussie and it drew me in! If you're lucky, you may actrually come across an Australian at the Lincoln Walkabout but all the time I was in Lincoln (5 months) I only ever met one other Aussie.Good music, nice roomy bar, big tables for food, TV, standard drinks. Your usual bar, I...

  • Quayside

    This is the downstairs part of the Scream nighclub. Is open alll day to serve food and drinks. Is a great spot to chill out and enjoy some cheap price drinks. Get a Yellow card for £1 and that takes a nice % from the price of drinks. Always have live football on and is always busy with fans on match days.One of my favourite places to have a...


Lincoln Transportation

  • Lincoln by air

    Although Lincolnshire is covered in airports, these are nearly all used by the military (plenty of AWAC's can be seen just south of Lincoln)The nearest, the Lincolnshire / Humberside airport is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, with only a very few scheduled flights (one useful one to Amsterdam) and a smattering of charters during the...

  • By train to Lincoln

    Lincoln is the capital of one of the least dense populated areas in England. Therefore, rail services are not the most dense in this area which means that it is not really easy to get here. Train services to most parts of the country involve changing trains at Nottingham. A direct service to London runs ocassionally, calling at more stations than...

  • Exercise

    Lincoln is great to walk. everything is nearby and you can go to the high street to the historical area (Bailgate) or to Brayford Waterfront Quarter in minutes. If you get tired, stop for a pint in one of the many pubs.


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  • Curd cheese cakes

    Look ot for curd cheese and raisin tarts that can only be found locally. You can get them small enough for a snack or large enough to share with 2 or 3. Small cakes about 80pence, pay £1.30ish for larger.

  • Fresh Produce

    The market site was reduced in size recently despite the protests but it's still going strong. Sells books, fruit/veg, flowers and usual goods at decent prices. (Central Lincoln lacks a good supermarket or greengrocer so this place is vital).The Farmers Market is the first Friday monthly

  • Steep Hill

    The Steep Hill is on top of the High Street. There are a few shops and many cafes and restaurants.You can't miss it, it's a long walk, so be ready, but you will enjoy. When you get to the top there is a sit where you can rest and take photos. Not to mention the pubs on the way to give you a bit of extra energy.


Lincoln Tourist Traps

  • Coffee and Walnut Cake

    There are a lot of small restaurants and cafes lining Steep Hill and most of them have special offers advertised in the window to lure tourists in. Make sure you confirm the exact details of the offers before you order anything. One cafe was prominently advertising £2.70 for Coffee and Walnut Cake as its headline offer. So, I ordered a coffee and a...

  • The Lincoln Shuffle

    One of the tips I have made is about the Christmas Market. Although this is a great occasion you may have problems getting around. Because of its popularity it gets very busy and you may find you are shuffling from one stall to another, sometimes not being able to get to look at the goods on sale. If you are going there, try and park away from the...

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Lincoln What to Pack

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    by Cheersmates Written Mar 17, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Snickers for sure! You will be doing a lot of walking and even though everything is near, there is Steep Hill and you will have to go up and down the hill.

    Photo Equipment: You will probably take loads of pictures as well. It's a beautiful site, it deserves it.

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Lincoln Off The Beaten Path

  • The tale of 'Little' Saint Hugh

    Lincoln is home to two saints - and both of them called Hugh !The main one, also known as Hugh of Avalon was a Frenchman who managed to re-build the cathedral in pretty much the way we see today.The 'little' St Hugh (there is a plaque to him in the choir stalls area) was no more than an innocent eight-yead old boy. Back in the 13th Century...

  • Ghost Walks

    Every Wed-Sat in front of the castle, you can go for a ghost walk with a guide that will talk about the ghosts of Lincoln. It's nice in the spring or a summer night to walk about. But since it happens all year long, you can go in the summer

  • It just looks right to me....

    If ever there was a sterotype of what a prison should look like : Lincoln fits the bill.Located on Greetwell road (ironic name eh ?) you can only gain entry by comitting a crime - a little extreme even by VT standards.It's most famous resident in recent years was Jeffery Archer, who was jailed for crimes against literature (OK, he wasn't , but he...


Lincoln Sports & Outdoors

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    by billy75 Written Apr 20, 2006

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    A must is to go watch a game at Sincil Bank. Lincoln City is a community club that has a average attendence of around 5,000 but goes up to 9,000 for top matches. there is a great attmospher at games. We have got into the play offs the last 3 seasons and was unlucky in both finals.but theres always this season witch we again are in the play offs with 2 games to go. Our nick name is "The Imps" this comes from the imp that can be found in Lincoln Cathedral if you have a good eye.

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Lincoln Favorites

  • Christmas Market

    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...

  • Steep Hill

    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...

  • Bailgate

    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.


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