Picturesque Lincoln is famed for its steep, winding cobbled streets and traditional architecture. This charming city sprawls between hill and dale in the East Midlands close to the South Yorkshire border. Its grand medieval cathedral (the third largest in Britain) dominates the skyline, with three magnificent towers. The city is incredibly proud of its heritage – so it’s perhaps fitting that there are a number of special museums to commemorate its illustrious past. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life provides information on its varied social history, whilst Lincoln’s famous castle shares intriguing stories compiled since its construction in Norman times. Meanwhile The Collection showcases local archaeology and the nearby National Trust-owned Tattershall Castle offers a rare insight into 15th century life. Guided walks and tours are also available to help visitors to take in Lincoln’s rich heritage.
Lincolnshire is known as one of England’s best small cities – perhaps because of its eclectic mix of culture, history and surrounding scenery. The Usher Gallery displays artwork by Lowry and Turner, farmers markets filled with delicious local produce take place each weekend and colourful boutiques line iconic Steep Hill. The city has a cultural quarter and cathedral quarter – the latter is home to the medieval and Wren libraries. Shop till you drop at Waterside, St Marks, Valentine Shopping or Bailgate Shopping Centre. Independent boutiques with quirky locally handmade wares and unusual gifts can be found on Steep Hill, The Strait and Sincil Street. Meanwhile Central Market and Lincoln Street Market ensure that shoppers will be spoilt for choice.
Outside of this historic city there’s also plenty to see and do – take a trip to Lincolnshire Show Ground or explore the history of aircraft and flying at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum. Links to the rest of the UK are available by rail via Lincoln Central Railway Station. It can also be easily reached by car.