Things to do in Lincoln

Lincoln, a cathedral city in the heart of Lincolnshire, England, is steeped in rich history and architectural grandeur that dates back to the Roman times. This historic city is renowned for its medieval cathedral, which was once the tallest building in the world and remains one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. The city’s heritage also encompasses Lincoln Castle, an 11th-century Norman castle which has been remarkably preserved and offers visitors a glimpse into England’s past. The juxtaposition of ancient buildings with modern shops and restaurants gives Lincoln a unique charm that captivates both residents and tourists alike.

Aside from its historical landmarks, Lincoln is vibrant with cultural activities, hosting numerous festivals, art exhibitions, and performances throughout the year. The city’s cobbled streets are lined with independent boutiques, galleries, cafes, and pubs offering a warm welcome to all who visit. The University of Lincoln adds to the city’s lively atmosphere, drawing students from across the globe. Whether you’re exploring its historic sites or enjoying its contemporary culture, Lincoln offers a blend of experiences that cater to all interests.

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  • Lincoln Cathedral: An architectural masterpiece dominating the skyline, this Gothic cathedral is not just a place of worship but also houses one of only four original copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Lincoln Castle: Discover a piece of England’s history by exploring this well-preserved castle that offers panoramic views over Lincoln from its walls.
  • The Collection: This museum and art gallery showcases Lincolnshire’s rich archaeological history and includes artworks spanning many centuries.
  • Steep Hill: Voted as ‘Britain’s Best Street’, Steep Hill is lined with quaint shops and historic buildings, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll.
  • Bailgate Area: A charming area known for its independent shops, boutiques, restaurants, and tea rooms set within cobbled streets beneath the cathedral.
  • Medieval Wall Walk at Lincoln Castle: Experience breathtaking views and learn about the castle’s history on this walk along the medieval walls.
  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC): Catch a performance at LPAC which hosts theatre productions, comedy shows, dance performances and more.
  • Hartsholme Country Park: A beautiful green oasis offering tranquil lakeside walks, children’s play areas and wildlife spotting opportunities.
  • International Bomber Command Centre: Pay homage to WWII bomber crews through interactive exhibits and memorial spire overlooking Lincoln.
  • Museum of Lincolnshire Life: Explore social history exhibits detailing life in Lincolnshire from industrial revolution to present day.
  • Doddington Hall & Gardens: Visit this Elizabethan mansion surrounded by gardens for seasonal events or simply enjoy its beauty year-round.
  • Ellis Windmill: A working mill dating back to 1798 where visitors can learn about milling process or purchase flour milled on-site.