Lincoln Travel Guide

  • Lincoln Cathedral from Castle's wall
    Lincoln Cathedral from Castle's wall
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    East Gate
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    Leigh-Pemberton House
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Lincoln Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lincoln Cathedral (Known as St Mary's Cathedral) was built Gothic style from 1088 and throughout the Medieval times. Between the 14th and 16th Century it was the world's tallest building. The Cathedral certainly dominates the city skyline and is a must see! We didn't go inside the Cathedral but enjoyed wondering round the grounds and admiring the...

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  • Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I have made previous visits to the castle which included the Medieval Wall Walk. On our recent visit (May 2016) we just wandered round in the grounds and checked out the Poppies Wave installation. Lincoln Castle was built by William Conqueror in 1068 on a pre-existing Roman fortress site. The castle is unique as it is also used as a prison and law...

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  • Steep Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Steep Hill & The Strait are situated in Lincoln's Cultural Quarter. Steep Hill is voted 'Britain's Best Street' and The Strait, bottom end of Steep Hill, is known for its exciting independent shops. The cobbled old streets are a joy to steeply ascend to descend though it can be very busy with the many visitors Lincoln have! Many of the independent...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Lincoln Transportation

  • Walk and ride

    Lincoln is quite a small town but is spread across the lower town where transport connections are found within the shopping centre and the upper old town where the castle and cathedral can be found. The walk up to the old part is very steep ( see my Steep Hill tip) and this local bus service is an easy way to go between the two parts of the...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Lincoln Shopping

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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Lincoln Local Customs

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    Lawrence of Arabia in Lincoln

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 4, 2016

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    Lawrence of Arabia was in Lincolnshire, at RAF Cranwell from August 1925 to December 1926 and through his time here he wrote his well known book the monumental tome The Seven Pillars of Wisdom which he initially had privately printed and was an autobiographical account of the legendary account of his leadership of Arab insurgence against the Turks in Syria during World War 1.
    Whilst at Cranwell he ;lodged at 33 Steep Hill and some of his book was written here and some at Cranwell but the plaque shown below celebrates his time in the city.
    Today 33 Steep Hill is a pie shop.

    T E Lawrence plaque 33 Steep Hill

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Lincoln Warnings and Dangers

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    Level crossing problems

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 6, 2016

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    The shopping centre is split in two at High Street by the main railway line passing through the city. The level crossing can close several times each hour as passenger and freight trains pass through Lincoln, Even on a Sunday if London to Scotland trains are diverted through the city the barriers can close on a regular basis.
    Plans have been made for a footbridge over the line but this may not be built until 2018.
    The photo is not mine.

    Hiigh Street level crossing

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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...

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  • 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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    Snickers & Pictures

    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

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson Statue

    I came across the memorial statue of Alfred Lord Tennyson on my wanders round the Cathedral grounds. He was a Poet Laureate between 1850 and 1892. He was born and grew up in Somersby, Lincolnshire, and established himself as one of Britain's top poets. Further information about Tennyson can be found here.The statue is situated at Lincoln...

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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Lincoln Sports & Outdoors

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    Lincoln City Football Club

    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

  • Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

    This should be the first point of call on a visit to Lincoln. The Visitor Information Centre, located in a 16th Century Leigh-Pemberton House in the Cathedral Quarter, provide information, activities and attractions on what to see and do in the city centre and in Lincolnshire. They also provide maps and guides for visitors to get around and out and...

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  • Photography Tours

    This is something I intend to do through the summer of 2016 and I will update this tip then. However for now walking photography tours start in the spring each year and start from the Tourist Office near the castle at 9.30 each Saturday. Cost is £10.00.

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  • 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...

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