Mini guide: Lincoln

Often overlooked in favour of larger midlands cities, Lincoln is something of a historical jewel in the UK’s crown. Book yourself a weekend break and try out our top tips below…

Eat with a view at Brayford Waterfront

Situated right across from Lincoln University, Brayford Waterfront acts as something of a hub for the city.

On the bright day, the view across Brayford Pool (a natural lake) is a delightful one, made even better by the array of people-watching spots provided by the nearby restaurants.

Choose from familiar chains such as Zizzi, Wagamama and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, or opt for something more unique with Bar Unico, known locally for it’s fresh Italian salads and indulgent gelato.

If you’re looking for something a little more formal, The Bronze Pig is also city centre-based and has plenty of options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, with previous dishes including mushroom and thyme tart, moules marinieres, and smoked orange and liquorice duck breast.

Having featured in the Michelin Guide, it gets quite popular in the summer, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Also recommended:

Margaret’s Tearooms

Jews House

The Cardinal’s Hat

 

Step back into history at Lincoln cathedral

Once the worlds tallest building, Lincoln Cathedral remains a highly impressive sight.

Take an official tour or simply sit quietly in splendor, taking in the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. There are regular musical services (religious and otherwise), so plan ahead to take in an organ recital or jazz performance.

Lincoln Castle is also well worth a visit, home to an original 1215 copy of Magna Carta. Walk the Medieval wall, explore Georgian prisons and admire the views of the city from on high.

Also recommended:

Lincolnshire Road Transport Material

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

 

Get outside at Whisby Nature Park

As the weather improves, Lincoln has plenty of opportunities to get outside. With 160 acres of lakes, ponds and woodland, Whisby Nature Park is full of with enticing trails and picnic spots that provide fun for all the family.

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary is situated in nearby Alford, or Mablethorpe Beach is just a short drive away with long stretches of sand and a good cleanliness rating.

For fans of transport, embrace your competitive side Gridline Karting, or hitch a relaxing ride on the Brayford Belle pleasureboat—both very affordable and accessible to users of all ages.

Also recommended:

Hartsholme Country Park

Doddington Hall and Gardens

 

Follow the hunt for the Lincoln imp

Locals will know well the legend of the Lincoln imp—a tiny devil said to have been unleashed to cause mischief around the city before being cast into stone to remain forevermore inside Lincoln Cathedral.

A staple of local pride, there are plenty of spaces to spot the Imp around the city —he’s even the mascot for Lincoln City FC. Keep your eyes peeled in gift shops, around monuments and even on certain houses doorknockers—you never know when he’s going to appear…