Brayford Waterfront

Great cafes, restaurants, hotels and bars line the picturesque Brayford Waterfront, which is one of Lincoln’s little-known gems. Follow the signs from the High Street or St Marks Retail Park and you’ll discover why the Brayford Waterfront is so popular with locals. Bustling during the day, Brayford Waterfront comes alive even more so during the night and at weekends.

What To Do

As well as its many eateries, the waterfront is also home to a multiple-screen cinema, whilst also regularly hosts special events such as the Lincoln Carnival and iconic vehicle rallies.

Overlooking Brayford Pool, England’s oldest inland harbour and now home to a thriving marina, and also across the water from the imposing University of Lincoln, the Brayford Waterfront embraces outdoor cafe culture in warmer weather.

Throughout the summer months, you can take a trip along the Roman Fossdyke Canal on Lincoln’s only riverboat cruiser, The Brayford Belle.

If you’re feeling energetic and want to explore along the river, then why not hire a bike? You can cycle for miles along the towpath which leads onto the Waterway Trail.

Along a quieter stretch of the Brayford Waterfront are two excellent hotels with fantastic views of the Brayford Pool at the front of the hotel and superb views of Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle at the back:

The Electric Bar and Restaurant, situated within the Doubletree by Hilton, is one of the best places to eat in Lincoln and offers spectacular views of the city while you dine. The Royal William IV is a wonderful pub on the corner of the Brayford, serving an array of delicious food and drink options. 

A little further up, The Barge is a stunning spot for waterside cocktails, whilst various eateries such as Wagamama, Prezzo, ASK Italian and Nando’s provide endless mealtime opportunities!