Home to one of England’s most impressive medieval cathedrals, the county town of Lincoln is brimming with over 2,000 years of history and heritage. Behind the city’s medieval gates, discover a maze of cobbled streets lined with Tudor houses, ancient pubs and quirky boutiques.
Things to see
At the centre of the city stands Lincoln Cathedral, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. The colossal 12th-century cathedral once boasted the tallest spire in the world and appeared in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, “The Da Vinci Code”. Join a guided tour to see the intricately detailed ceiling and stained-glass windows, before ascending to the cathedral’s highest tower for 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Immerse yourself in England’s rich and varied history at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, which has an interactive gallery on the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment where you can witness a genuine World War I tank named “Daphne”. Afterwards, come face-to-face with Lincolnshire’s first inhabitants at the award-winning archaeology museum, The Collection.
Fancy tasting some of Lincolnshire’s famous food and drink? Stroll along Brayford Waterfront, England’s oldest inland harbour, and enjoy a traditional Sunday roast on a floating restaurant. If you love craft beer, explore the Lincoln Ale Trail to taste local brews in the area’s historic pubs.
Walk in the footsteps of England’s kings and queens at Lincoln Castle. Resting at the top of a hill for nearly 1,000 years, it offers views of the surrounding countryside from the medieval walls. You can also venture underground to witness one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
Getting around Lincoln
Lincoln is connected to the rest of the United Kingdom by an efficient road and rail network. It’s two hours by train or four hours by car from London. Shuttle buses, local taxis and rental bikes are the best ways to explore town. Humberside International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.