Lincoln, the county town of Lincolnshire, is a picturesque city in the East of England. Its name reflects its rich history - ‘Lincoln’ comes from the Latin Lindum Colonia, which was a colony for Roman soldiers.

These ancient times are reflected in modern Lincoln, particularly in the architecture - it is clear that Lincoln is a city proud of its past. It is set in the peaceful Lincolnshire countryside, which stretches to the east coast, providing a fresh and tranquil contrast to the bustle of city life.

The cobbled streets, stunning cathedral and welcoming pubs and eateries make Lincoln very popular with visitors all year round.


Arguably the most famous building in Lincoln is the stunning gothic cathedral – made even more popular to visitors through its recent role in The Da Vinci Code blockbuster film, starring Tom Hanks.

Dating back to the Norman Conquest, nearly 1000 years ago, the Lincoln Cathedral is both the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. There are several parts of the building worth noting, including Sir Christopher Wren’s library, the stone Lincoln Imp and its very distinctive tall towers, which make the cathedral a landmark for miles around.

More history comes in the shape of Lincoln Castle, which now houses one of only four surviving Magna Carta documents, sealed by King John in 1215. The eleventh century building is in the centre of Lincoln, off Castle Hill. An amble round the impressive Norman building gives excellent views of the cathedral and city. Built by William the Conqueror, the significant remains of the castle now stand where a Roman fortress was once built.

To delve further into the archaeological history of the city, tourists should pay a visit to Lincoln Archaeology Centre, in the serene setting of The Lawn. This museum is excellent to keep children amused on a rainy day, with interactive displays explaining the job of an archaeologist and significant discoveries – educating adults and youngsters alike! The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, on Burton Road, is also worth a visit to find out more about the local area.

Steep Hill is a popular visitor’s attraction – the quaint cobbled lane is lined with boutiques and unusual shops, and is indeed very steep! It is in the Cathedral quarter of the city, close to the Usher Gallery. The gallery has something for every interest – it has impressive displays of art, as well as coins, medals, weapons, costumes and textiles.

Visitors of a nervous disposition should avoid Lincoln’s ghost tours, which take place four nights a week, at 7pm, and begin in Castle Square. Other walking tours include the Medieval Tour and the Roman Tour.


Ardent shoppers can feel at home among the variety of stores boasted by Lincoln. If nation-wide chains and brands are top of the list, make a beeline for the High Street. Here you will find the usual department stores and popular clothes shops.

However, Lincoln really comes into its own when it comes to specialist shopping. Steep Hill and Bailgate are quaint and popular shopping areas, home to shops selling unusual gifts, clothes, jewellery and antiques, as well as small and welcoming intriguing galleries of local art.

Fresh local produce can be found at the regular farmers’ market. The market takes place in a variety of different places in the city, including the City Square, The Cornhill and Castle Hill. Run by local farmers, the market is a great way to snap up high quality locally produced meat, eggs and cheese, and support local producers.

Lincoln really comes alive with festive spirit at the annual Christmas market. The stalls and attractions spread to much of the city, making it one of the most popular Christmas markets in the country.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Lincoln is brimming with welcoming tea rooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants, offering comfort after a day’s sightseeing and shopping. Steep Hill is the place to head for cosy coffee shops tucked away from the busy shops – Pimento and Steep Hill Coffee Shop are just a couple of homely establishments.

When it comes to food, Lincoln offers an array of restaurants any city would be proud of – from Chinese to Greek, pub grub to haute cuisine. The Lawns restaurant is a popular choice, with its attractive setting very central to the city.

Lincoln is not a city short of watering holes. From old-fashioned family-run public houses to chrome-decked trendy nightspots, there is a real mixing pot of evening venues. Revolution, on Park Street, is a very popular bar with young socialites, and also serves up a good meal. Newland offers many tempting drinking spots, and with Bateman’s brewery on Lincoln’s doorstep, you will never be short of a pint.

Tourist Information

9 Castle Hill Cathedral Quarter Lincoln LN1 3AA Tel: 01522 873213 21 The Cornhill High Street Lincoln LN5 7HB Tel: 01522 873256


There are two small airports local to Lincoln, and one which is larger. Humberside Airport is 32 miles from Lincoln, a 50 minute drive, close to Grimsby and Scunthorpe. Although direct flights are limited, over 300 worldwide destinations can be reached through connecting flights.

Robin Hood Airport is 40 miles away (about an hour’s drive) towards Sheffield. It offers flights to over 40 locations.

Nottingham East Midlands Airport is the closest major airport. It is an hour and twenty minute drive away, roughly 48 miles from the city centre. It offers flights world wide.

Humberside Airport: 0165 268 8456Robin Hood Airport: 08708 33 22 10Nottingham East Midlands: 0871 919 9000

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