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10 Things to See in Lincoln

Lincoln has some amazing sights and attractions, despite being a relatively small city.

With so much to see and do, you’ll want to ensure you get to experience everything Lincoln has to offer!

1. Lincoln Cathedral

There is lots to see and do in Lincoln Cathedral. Why not take one of the excellent guided tours and learn about its chequered history; see if you can locate the famous Lincoln Imp or where The Da Vinci Code was filmed! Explore the beautiful library designed by Sir Christopher Wren, or sit back and enjoy the superb choir at Evensong.

2. Medieval Bishop’s Palace

The remains of the 11th Century Medieval Bishop’s Palace stand overshadowed by the magnificent cathedral. Hidden from view behind part of the Roman wall, this English Heritage site is well worth a visit.

3. Lincoln Castle

Built by William the Conqueror and home to an original copy of the Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle stands opposite the cathedral in the bustling Castle Square. Take in the stunning views on the wall-walk, explore the Victorian prison or simply stroll around the beautiful grounds. You can stay in one of the fine hotels in Lincoln to get up close to this impressive sight.

4. Lincoln’s Roman Heritage and Arches

Explore the many Roman remains dotted around the city, including the site of the Roman Forum on Bailgate; Newport Arch. This is the only Roman arch in the UK still open to traffic. Mint Wall, another relic, is one of the largest non-defensive Roman walls still standing.

5. Shopping on Steep Hill & The Strait

Connecting the Cathedral Quarter with the city centre, this quaint thoroughfare is dotted with lovely cafes and shops. Warning – it’s called ‘Steep’ Hill for a reason!

6. The Collection/Usher Art Gallery

With lots of brilliant displays and exhibitions, The Collection and Usher Gallery are great places to spend a few hours.

7. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life

The museum gives a fascinating insight into all aspects of Lincolnshire life in bygone eras. Look out for an original First World War tank and the excellent interactive Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Gallery.

8. Ellis Mill

A beautifully restored 3-storey working windmill that is open at weekends during the summer months and on Sundays during winter.

9. The Stonebow/Guildhall

A magnificent 16th Century building straddling the High Street. The Guildhall houses the City of Lincoln’s Charter (which pre-dates the Magna Carta) and swords belonging to Richard II, Henry VII and Charles I.  Free guided tours: Friday & Saturday at 10.30/1.30.

10. RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

If you’re interested in aviation history, then this is the place for you! Home of The Dambusters and the Red Arrows, RAF Scampton now has an excellent aviation museum. Please note: as RAF Scampton is a working airbase, you WILL NOT be allowed entry unless you have pre-booked.

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