The City

The Strait, LincolnLincoln is the county town of Lincolnshire and offers a unique, heritage city experience.

The city is crowned by Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s finest examples of Gothic architecture, which sits across a picturesque cobbled square from Lincoln Castle. The building of the Castle, as with the Cathedral, was commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century so there is a wealth of history and heritage to discover there.

Lincoln Cathedral is the owner of one of only four remaining original copies of Magna Carta. You can see it for yourself in the underground vault in Lincoln Castle which will also tell you its story and its impact on society still today.

Lincoln was founded as a settlement by the Roman Empire around AD50 and you can still see ruins dating back to that time in the city today. Its history has stretched from Roman times though the Medieval period and still has an impact today with a rich aviation and engineering heritage.

You can explore the area’s history in museums and attractions across the city – most of which are free – including The Collection, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, and Lincoln Guildhall. The best way for an overview of the city is from the top deck of the sightseeing open-top bus where live commentary from friendly guides will let you in to all Lincoln’s secrets and stories.

Lincoln isn’t all about heritage though – there is a vibrant food & drink scene in the city including locally sourced fine-dining, real ale & craft beers along with quaint tea rooms and cafes. The Brayford Waterfront is a sure stop for a meal or drink with a great selection of bars, pubs and restaurants with stunning waterfront views.

You will enjoy a unique shopping experience in Lincoln from global brands on the High Street to the unique independent stores that line Steep Hill and Bailgate.

There is so much to see and do in Lincoln and a warm welcome awaits you to take a city break including Cathedral view hotels and rural escapes just outside the city.