Places to Visit in Lincoln
Here are just a few of the most popular places to visit on your stay in Lincoln.
Lincoln Castle is a major Norman castle constructed in Lincoln, England during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress. Lincoln Castle is the home to one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. The castle is unusual in that it has two mottes. It is one of only two such castles in the country, the other being at Lewes in East Sussex.
Lincoln Castle remained in use as a prison and law court into modern times, and is one of the better preserved castles in England; the Crown Courts continue to this day. It is open to the public most days of the week, and possible to walk around the walls from which there are views of the castle complex, cathedral, the city, and surrounding countryside.
As a visitor you can participate in activities and exhibits such as the ‘medieval wall walk’ and the ‘victorian prison visit’.
Steep Hill is located in the heart of the city where some of the oldest buildings in the city can be found.
Its name arises from the gradient of the hill, which is difficult to ascend and descend. The hill has a one in seven (14%) gradient.
A sloping hillside offering a great selection of food and drink establishments, a variety of unusual vintage clothing places, old bookstores and other specialty shops.
High Bridge carries the High Street across the River Witham in Lincoln in eastern England. It is the oldest bridge in the United Kingdom which still has buildings on it.
The Glory Hole is the name given by generations of boaters to the High Bridge in Lincoln. It has a narrow and crooked arch which sets a limit on the size of boats using the Witham and going from Brayford Pool, at the start of Foss Dyke, to Boston and the sea.
Stokes Bridge Café is a great place to take a break from your site-seeing. Located in an elegant Tudor cottage which is set on the only Medieval bridge in England to still have houses set on it.
The Café offers excellent value for money, and guests can choose between over 30 options of loose-leaf tea as well as an array of cakes, pastries and sandwiches.
If your looking for an area with numerous bars, restaurants and cinemas take a visit to Brayford Pool. The 1990’s saw the construction of the natural lake of Brayford Pool in Lincoln.
Today, the waterfront surrounding the pool is home to a range of hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and a modern University (University of Lincoln). There is also a year-long programme of events on the waterfront including vehicle displays, music evenings and carnival parades.
The Pool is used as a marina by houseboats and pleasure craft, as well as by anglers and kayakers.
The Brayford Pool is also known for its large population of mute swans.
Other attractions include the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and the International Bomber Command Centre. Tranquil destinations close by include Whisby Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country Park (including the Swanholme Lakes SSSI), while noisier entertainment can be found at Waddington airfield, Scampton airfield (base of the RAF's Red Arrows jet aerobatic team), the County Showground or the Cadwell Park motor racing circuit near Louth.
Because of its climate, Lincoln attracts many of its tourists in summer, but also on the first Thursday of December until the following Sunday when the Bailgate area of the city holds its annual Christmas Market in and around the Castle grounds.