Lincoln cathedral

Lincoln offers a charming city break full of architectural gems, historical sites of significance and independent shops - take a look and see what you've been missing out on.

History and Architecture

As a previous Roman city, Lincoln offers a fascinating Roman Trail where you can take in the remains of the Roman city and discover the country's only remaining Roman arch.

Perhaps more famously, Lincoln is also home to one of only four copies of the Magna Carta.  Although currently on tour, the Magna Carta will be returning to Lincoln Cathedral in April 2015 for the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the "world's most important document."

Also in central Lincoln is Guidhall and Stonebow, with a history dating back to 1520 it is easy to get lost in the imaginings of what the walls of this building has seen, but it is the age and exceptional condition of the building that is possibly the biggest amazement.  You can learn all about the historic stories of the building with free guided tours on selected days of the week.

More history can also be found in the nearby Medieval and Wren Libraries.  Hidden above Lincoln Cathedral is a 15 Century medieval library and also within the Cathedral's grounds is the Wren Library; built by Christopher Wren in the 17th Century, the library has been described as "the most beautiful room in England."

Food and Drink

With so much to see in Lincoln it's only right that the city should offer places to rest and rejuvenate.  For a short rest and a bite to eat why not try afternoon tea with a twist at Curiositea, an Alice in Wonderland style tea room?  Or for a more traditional spot of tea, head to Bunty's tea room in Steep Hill.  Or, if you're looking for a place to enjoy a full meal after a busy day, The Lincoln Grille offers a mouth watering food in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere, or to continue the historic atmosphere, head to Wig and Mitre for a delicious pub meal in an atmospheric pub.  And if you're lucky enough to fit in a few cocktails or beers, The Electric Bar and Restaurant overlooks the Brayford Waterfront allowing you to sip in style!

Shopping in Lincoln

It might be hard to fit in shopping amongst Lincoln's historical attractions, however if you do get time, make sure to pay a visit to Bailgate.  One of the most historic parts of Lincoln, Bailgate is also home to a collection of independent boutiques and shops located against the cobbled streets.  Steep Hill (voted Britain's Best Street) also offers an interesting visit with its vintage and retro stores.  In a slight juxtaposition, The Strait, located at the bottom of Steep Hill is the place to visit for a range of fashion and designer shops. And if you pay a visit on certain days of the week and you wil be treated to Lincoln's street market, and when the festive season is calling make sure to head to Lincoln's famous Christmas market with over 250 stalls!  All this is in addition to the Waterside Shopping Centre, St Martin's Shopping Centre and the high street.

Trains to Lincoln

Getting to Lincoln by train is easy with frequent services running from Nottingham as well as services from Peterborough and Doncaster.  A full service timetable can be found here.

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