"Both The award-winning Steep Hill and The Strait have a great selection of independent boutiques, shops and eateries to enjoy."
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Steep Hill and The Strait are quaint shopping areas packed with great shops and delightful tea rooms.
Steep Hill is one of the most visited places in the city of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England.
Steep Hill connects Lincoln Uphill to the town centre and retail centre which are on the level plain. It was formerly known as Ermine Street and is currently being maintained by the Lincolnshire County Council. It was built by the Romans to connect the different growing parts of Lincoln.
It was named as such because the hill is quite difficult to ascend and descend, so much so that most people would have to stop once in a while to catch their breath.
Handrails were placed to help people as they go up and down the hill. Pushing a wheelchair, neither up nor down the hill, is not recommended.
At the top of Steep Hill is the entrance to the Lincoln Cathedral. This cathedral is one of the earliest buildings in the Gothic English style. At the bottom of the hill is Well Lane, which leads to the Strait.
This attractive city climb has cobbled streets with streetlights of Victorian style and medieval half-timbered buildings.
People will not only enjoy the sights of the old structures, but also the numerous specialty stores such as book stores, sweet shops, gift shops, art galleries and more.
And of course, at the very top you’ll find the magnificent Lincoln Castle and Cathedral.
Leading off from Castle Square is Steep Hill:
The award-winning Steep Hill – winner of The Great Street award in 2011 – is a pretty cobbled street, with many half-timbered buildings resting at slightly different angles to each other. It links the Cathedral Quarter and Bailgate to The Strait and then onto the High Street.
Here you will find a myriad of independent shops including up-market florists, antique and vintage shops, and several jewellery shops – selling both traditional and contemporary jewellery.
There are boutiques selling a wide range of goods from country clothing to designer handbags, and even a shop selling Russian dolls.
Steep Hill has art galleries, handmade pottery shops, book shops and gifts shops galore, all nestling alongside cosy tea shops and cafes.
If you’re looking for shops selling hand-made fudge, home-made cake or old-fashioned sweets, then Steep Hill has them!
There are specialist wine merchants and purveyors of the finest tea and coffee available.
As Steep Hill widens into The Strait, you will find shops selling antiques and Fair Trade goods.
Please note that Steep Hill lives up to its name and is very steep indeed!
There is a Walk and Ride electric bus service that runs every 20 minutes, linking The Cathedral Quarter to the High Street, but it does not go down Steep Hill.
Leading from Steep Hill is The Strait:
The Strait is another quaint street, very narrow and cobbled, with fantastic glimpses of Lincoln Cathedral towering high above.
Independent shops, cafes, an excellent Indian restaurant, and a continental-style bar selling over 150 different beers, all line this lovely little road.
There is a traditional sweet shop, full of old-fashioned jars of delicious sweets that will take you back to your childhood!
Should you want to buy some reasonably-priced clothes, there are several independent boutiques to choose from, selling a variety of clothing from vintage to the latest fashion.
The Cheese Society, Lincoln’s award winning cafe, has just opened up a fantastic cheese shop selling a wide variety of cheeses as well as locally produced food.
The Jew’s House, which is one of the oldest town houses in England, is home to one of Lincoln’s best restaurant, as well an an antiquarian bookseller.
Opening out from The Strait is Lincoln’s High Street.