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Lincoln is a small City in the Midlands ( about an hour away from Nottingham, Sheffield, Leicester.) I have been born and bred here so am a true yellowbelly! The city itself has about 90,000 inhabitants, and is also home to a beautiful Cathedral and Castle. It is now split into two areas - "the Bail" which is the uphill part of town where the Cathedral, Castle and old buildings are and the High Street which is the more modern area. Although if you look above the shopfronts there is still some amazing architecture and there is a Tea Room bridging the Witham that is hundreds of years old. Since the University has been built the area around it has become thriving with bars, restaurants and once a year holds a water festival with a continental market. It is worth going to this and just trying some of the delicacies. They are delicious! History Lincoln was conquered by the Romans in 48AD who gave it the name Lindum Colonia. They settled here for many years and some of the Roman Roads still remain (if only in a more modernised tarmacked way) Tillbridge lane is a great example of this. Castle Because it is accesible from the River Trent and Witham and had good roadways left by the Romans, William the Conquerer ordered a castle be built in 1068 Within the Victorian Prison is home to an Original copy of the Magna Carta - signed in 1215. It is only one of four surviving copies. The castle is also the home of the Crown Court in Lincoln In the summer time this is the venue for open air concerts who have in recent years included Lemar, Liberty X, Status Quo, Russell Watson and many classical orchestra's. You can take a picnic (if you take some sausages and burgers they will barbecue them for you) and have a great night out. The Cathedral The Cathedral was ordered to be built in 1072 by William the Conquerer. This was completed in 1090 but was destroyed by a fire. Bishop Alexander rebuilt the Cathedral, but this was destroyed by an Earthquake! Bishop Hugh then built the current Cathedral as it stands today with its gothic stylings, which was completed in 1235. To walk from the cobble up to the Cathedral is breathtaking. And there is even a vineyard within the grounds. If you are walking through the Cathedral make sure you visit the Rose Window - which I believe is the largest stain glass window in the country, and keep an eye out for the famed Lincoln Imp - who was turned into stone by angels after causing havoc in the Cathedral. Should you be feeling particularly brave do go on the Ghost Walk - it takes places Wednesday to Saturday night at 7pm and starts outside the Cathedral. For a 90 minute walk it will set you back £4. Make sure you take a photo on Greestone Steps - commonly thought of as the most haunted place in Lincoln! If you don't appear in the picture it means you aren't welcome in the City!!! Christmas Market Every year about 2 weeks before Christmas is a massive open air market around the Bail. It runs from Friday through to Sunday and has around 350 stalls sellingjust about everything you could imagine. There is a park and ride from the showground which will save you driving round looking for a space. The market is free to enter, but be careful because people come from as far away as America for this event so it does tend to be really busy University The University was opened by The Queen in 1996 and has it's main campus on Brayford Pool although its Agricultural sites are out of the town centre. The building specialises in Law, Media, Architecture, Agriculture and Teaching. With the influx of students has come a greater number of bars and restaurants Eateries Lincoln is home to some great places to eat. In the main part of the High Street are the main chain pubs, but on the Brayford (opposite the University) are many Cafe Bars, trying to embrace the European Cafe Culture. So:Luxe is very good for reasonable priced sandwiches - you can get a shredded duck baguette, salad chips and drink for around £5. On Guildhall Street is Chillies - a Mexican Restaurant which has lunchtime offers and great food. It is quite small so worth booking a table. If you fancy good English food The Sign of the Fish on Sincil Street do the best Fish, Chips and Curry Sauce for about £2 In the Bail are the more upmarket end of the Restaurants. Viela is one of the most unique restaurants in the area. It is a Brazilian Barbecue where for around £20 you get soup, Brazilian style nibbles, salad bar and then the Chefs come round to the table and slice off 10 different types of meat for you. It is all you can eat - so make sure you only have a light lunch. Also worth a look is Brown's Pie Shop - this was visited by Ian McKellan twice during his week long visit. The Steak and Ale Pie is legendary and the portions are quite massive. This can be about £20 per head but if you go for the beat the clock option (from 5pm) you only pay £1 more than the time you arrived. Be warned though - there is a ghost here - a little boy called Humphrey. If you are sitting in the Basement area make sure to acknowledge him because he does cause mischief! Football Club Lincoln City are a Football Club riding high in League 2 at present. The club was founded in 1884 and has been a stalwart of the lower divisions since then. Graham Taylor took charge in the 1970's and gained them the title of "Highest Points total ever" (for a 2point win.) Lincoln City are nicknamed "The Imps" There ground is Sincil Bank, which has a capacity of 10,127 Tickets are around £12-£15 depending on the stand you wish to sit in Claims to fame In recent years Lincoln has hit the headlines - firstly for Gwyneth Paltrow's visit whilst filming Possession here, David Jason came to film Diamond Geezer here, Kiera Knightley filmed Pride & Prejudice at Belton House in Lincolnshire and most Impressively, large parts of The Da Vinci code were filmed at the Cathedral (Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou and Ian McKellan all stayed in the city for a week.)
A visit to Lincoln can mean so many different things to different people. The old and the new blend together really well in this very pleasant city to make it a very interesting place to visit. As you approach Lincoln you realise why this town has existed since Celtic times and been important ever since. The Romans realised that the 200ft hill above the town provided an excellent natural fortress, whilst the River Witham provided water and a natural defence to slow down any attacking force. The surrounding countryside is rich agricultural land and can sustain any population in the town. Today the river is still an attraction in the town, but instead of keeping people out, it now attracts visitors either by boat to the large Brayford Pool marina, or for boat trips along the river. The hill is the site of Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, which can be seen for miles around the county. The cathedral is the third largest in England (only York Minster and St.Paul’s are larger) and was built on the instructions of William the Conqueror, who also had the castle built. The castle/cathedral area of the city is now a very popular tourist attraction and there are plenty of pay and display car parks in this area allowing easy access to the hill top area. Around this part of the town there are numerous really interesting small shops and plenty of places to eat and drink. For the braver visitors there are also ‘Ghost Walks’ held in the evenings which start from the tourist information office near the cathedral. At the bottom of the hill is the main city centre, which has a large shopping area. There is a good mix of small independent shops, plus a lot of the large chain stores. There is a small indoor shopping centre (The Waterside Centre) and a traditional indoor market. There is not really a main street in the city centre and it took us a few visits to find our way around all of the shopping area, and we do still seem to find new parts and shops every time we go there. Just outside of the city centre is the large St. Marks Retail Park, which has a good selection of large stores with plenty of free car parking in front of the shops. There are also a selection of restaurants and fast food outlets around this area. When we visit Lincoln we are always impressed by the number of places that there are to eat and drink. We usually try to use a different place on each of our visits and we have never been disappointed by the food or service that we have received. Perhaps it is the competition from the large number of outlets that keeps the quality high, or just the high standards that the people of Lincoln have. We always enjoy our visits to Lincoln, whether to do ‘sensible’ shopping, or just to wander around all of the little trendy and interesting shops, or to visit the cathedral area. This certainly a city that I can recommend people visit for a great day out.
I have said that the city of Rochester, in beautiful Kent is one of the smallest cities in England and that, for that, I love it. Lincoln however is one of England's most beautiful Cathedral cities. Set on a hill, overlooking the unspoilt Lincolnshire countryside, you can see further than in practically any other county in England. The land is so flat that, the relief of a wooded area containing a few trees, a welcome sight in the area, could almost be called a forest. The Romans were amongst the first to discover Lincoln. They must have gone north from the town in which I now live, Colchester the old Roman Capital of England. In AD48 they set up a military garrison in Lincoln to watch over the two great highways from North to South and from East to West. Roman Lincoln became one of the finest cities in Europe with, an inland harbour, an aqueduct and a sewerage system that was, at that time, unique in Britain. I would think that Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest buildings in Europe. Cologne Cathedral takes some beating but I would think that Lincoln comes a close second. The Normans started to build here in 1072 but the church was rebuilt in the 13th century after damage by fire, and, would you believe an earth tremor. Churches in Colchester suffered from tremors and an earthquake in the 19th century and are probably on the same fault line on the East Coast of England. Lincoln Cathedral's spire in 1311 was the tallest building in the world. There are many other fine historic buildings to see in Lincoln including Castle which dates from 1068, Roman Newport Arch, 12th century Jews' house on Steep Hill and the 15th century Stonebow and Guildhall. The 12th century High Bridge over the River Witham in Lincoln is the oldest bridge in Britain still to carry buildings. In Florence you can still see another, the Ponte Vecchio, possibly the only other in Europe. All of this history is lear ned memories of a guided tour of this fine city and reads like any other guidebook - I hope to capture some of the personal feeling that it gave me to visit there. Not least of this is the happily busy city of fine shops including the new or fairly new Waterside Shopping Centre. There is, of course, the usual clutch of antique and gift shops to interest the tourists, each one unique in its way. Whilst I was there there was a daily market which took me back to my youth, as you don't see many market towns around today. There are too many fine hotels and restaurants to mention any in particular and to further enjoy yourself there are a number of beautiful parks, a theatre, an art gallery, and museums. The Museum of Lincolnshire life is particularly interesting. The Tourist Information Centre is suitably housed in a medieval; timber framed building that has the beams blackened and the plaster between painted white, so beloved of the Victorians. I have never felt the same about this type of treatment of a 16th century building since I saw the genuine article in Colchester called Tymperleys which is still maintained with the outer plaster, intact, over the timber frame. The Tourist Centre is located on the corner of Castle Square, directly between the Cathedral and the Castle. A visit to Lincoln will take the visitor back to an England of about 40 years ago at least that is if you can look past some of the more modern buildings. There is the pace of life, which epitomises this part of Eastern England which you, can discover all the way south from here around the coast of Norfolk. A constant breath of Spring.
Just before I moved to Lincoln, many people spoke to me in the following way (apologies to anyone I misquote): 'Oh, moving to Lincoln are you?' 'It's very flat up there' 'Did you know they have a Christmas market just like the ones in Germany?' Lincoln may not be on everyone's list of top ten places to live, but I like it. The city is spectacular, and the good thing about the relative flatness is that I can just about see the cathedral from my house, and I live eight miles away from it - and just you try walking up Steep Hill!! The one quibble I do have with the city is the Christmas market. I teach German and have a fairly good knowledge of the country, its traditions and its markets, especially at Christmas. Last December my wife and I had the opportunity to go to the market for the first time. I was agog with enthusiasm as I had in mind lots of little craft stalls, different foods and an overwhelming sense of happiness and goodwill. Wrong! I couldn't actually have been more so. Firstly it was packed. There were thousands of people there. There were a few decent craft stalls, but there were also a ceaseless majority of tat-stalls- 'Get your flashing Santa hat here!' - funny, I never have regarded a flashing Santa hat as remotely German. There were lots of people in a bad mood- my wife and I were accused of pushing in by one lady and we made a profuse apology. The majority of the crowd was young people with deely-boppers huddled around a lot of very noisy funfair rides. Now I don't have any problem with this sort of thing per se, but for God's sake they shouldn't market it as something it isn't. It isn't traditional, and it certainly isn't German style. Apart from that Lincoln is a lovely place, but this op is my opinion of the market and the way it is sold to the public as being akin to something that is far more pleasant. However I am updating this opinion on 21st April. It would be unfair of me to let my personal opinion of the Christmas Market rule my opinion of Lincoln in General. The city is beautiful, traffic can be a pain, I know, but the Bailgate area and around the cathedral are spectacular. I would encourage everyone to visit the city at least once, but not at Christmas. Consequently I am now giving the city in general 3 stars
I lived in Lincoln for over a year. If you want to leave your troubles behind, pack a bag and head for Lincoln. Honestly,it worked for me, firstly because it is a great place for the touristy kind of things and secondly it is plonked roughly in the middle of nowhere. If you come from one of the big urban conurbations, as I do, you will be amazed to find that there is a city in the UK where you can drive for only five minutes and be out in the countryside, where it is properly dark.....and very flat indeed. There isn't much of a night life, but if you stick to the city centre, the majority of pubs are friendly and trouble free, thanks in part to the extensive CCTV network. If shopping is your thing, then you will not be disappointed, all the essentials, plus the tourist shops along the long, pedestrianised high street, which is always astoundingly clean and tidy. Tidyness is one of the fantastic things about Lincoln. I was amazed at the regularity with which our street was swept by the council, and dismayed, but not surprised to find they knocked that off as soon as the tourist season ended. So much to see in such a small city, a fantastic cathederal, great galleries, castle, roman ruins. Get yourself a tourist guide and work your way through it, there is so much history in Lincoln the minor attractions will not disappoint, two that spring to mind are the toy museum, and the Lawns centre ( fantastic on a summers day, you may catch a brass band or other event) One thing to watch out for in the Lincoln area is the traffic. It is by far the scariest place in Britain to be a motorist, or pedestrian. Be warned, keep your wits about you at all times, and never expect anyone to indicate. You'll understand the reason for this when you see the "my other car's a tractor" sticker in the windows. I am confident that whatever your age or taste, you will find at least two weeks worth of amusement in Lincol n. If you are considering a British holiday, and a bit of sand and an amusement arcade just aren't your bag, give Lincoln a go, you won't regret it. If you are going there to live, the houses are cheap, but the wages aren't good. If you are going there to the uni, you'll love it. But if you come from a busy city, you may start to feel marooned among all that countryside.
Everyone thinks of Lincoln as being flat -they confuse the fen area with the city area. As anyone who visits Lincoln will know it is a city on a hill - a rather long steep hill. Yes but the walk is well worth it from the down town area. As you ascend this steep hill appropriately called Steep Hill you find a wonderous amount of unusual shops My favourite is the teddy bear shop where they sell Steiff bears and dolls house furniture. There is a large bookshop in an old church hall, 60s clothing shop, gem stone, little cafes, dress shops and a german wine house. Another favourite of mine is the chocolate shop and right nearby the tea shop with a lovely little cafe in the back. This area use to house the antique shops but sadly most of these have now gone. When you are at the top of the hill you come into Castle Square and this is where you become a real tourist. First I would say visit the cathedral one of the most beautiful in the country. Its most prelific situation is one of its outstanding beauties, the others being the Deans Eye and the Bishops Eye, both remarkable feats of stain glass art. The other side of the square you find the castle, walk around the walls and explore the prison, then go out the opposite side and into The Lawns Visitor centre where you will find a beautiful glasshouse full of plants from all over the world collected by Joseph Banks on his tours. There is also a small aquarium and an hands on centre for the children. Then walk back into the area called the Bail and back down the hill. A little tip its better to park downhill so you can really enjoy Lincoln. It is in like two different levels. Make it your day out in 2001.
I was born in Lincoln and lived there until I was ten, when I moved a whole seven miles away, so it was a very important part of my life until moving away completely from the area in 1988. I think it is a beautiful city and one that is large enough to be a city, but small enough to retain the air of small town life. The most famous attraction of the city is its beautiful cathedral. It is a magical feeling, heading into Lincoln and seeing the glorious catedral on top of the hill. The castle is also worth seeing. I loved going there on school trips and especially playing in the court, where there are separate cubicles where prisoners stood. The shops around the castle and cathedral are very nice too, with a mixture of quaint tea rooms, old bookshops and tourist shops selling a variety of souvenirs of the city. Lincoln's High Street has the traditional shops, including a large WH Smith and a McDonald's. There is also a small shopping arcade, which includes a nice Early Learning Centre and a lovely coffee shop. The Brayford is a nice river to walk alongside, looking at the small boats and the ominpresent swans. The local newspaper 'The Lincolnshire Echo' is worth checking out too, especially the Gossiper's column. (Okay, I admit it, it's my Dad !) Although I now live 180 miles away, I will always see Lincoln as my home, even though it has changed a lot over the years, since I grew up in the West End of the city. The University was the largest change to the city, but it still manages to retain its feel and has fewer crimes than most other cities. However, there is only one multiplex cinema and a lovely theatre, the Theatre Royal. If you are looking for concert venues and large theatres and a choice of cinemas, I would suggest you visit Nottingham for that, which is only an hour's drive away.
Lincoln must be the slowest place in the UK for development. The powers that be are afraid to introduce new things to Lincoln as they feel it will offend all the old people. On the positive side Lincoln has started to catch up with the times because of the new university. In recent years we have seen new developments in the way of pubs and clubs. One thing Lincoln is lacking is a decent leasure complex where there is a decent swimming pool, such as Corel Reef in Bracknell or Doncaster Dome. So basically Lincoln is a place for the old but not some where I would recommend for the young.
Lincoln is looked at as being a place for tourists as it has so many historical places, it is a very nice city with a lot to offer. I have never really looked at it like this before though as I have always lived around Lincoln, so I take advantage of it and don't seem to appreciate it as much as tourists. For those of you who like museums there are a few eg, * Museum of Lincolnshire Life A museum which looks at the history of life in Lincolnshire - goes back a few hundred years * The Toy Museum Not just for children!!! A fantastic place to visit - look at toys that your parents and you grandparents etc will have had. Makes a good, enjoyable day out for all the family! * Usher Gallery I have only ever visited the Usher Gallery once - they had a themed day where children could make anything to do with egyptians. All the activities were supervised and for most there was only a small fee of 50p eg. making masks. * Theatre The theatre is a brilliant place to visit, there are good pantomimes every year, as well as famous people visiting to star in shows throughout the year for example: Sooty Lesley Neilson These are 2 that I have seen so it goes to prove it is for all ages - there is always something for everyone . Lincoln Castle along with Lincoln Cathedral are by far the best attractions. I'm not sure now how much it is to get into the Castle but it used to be fairly reasonably priced you can walk around the gardens, around the casle and even go into the dungeons - scary but great fun. The cathedral ask for a contribution of £1.00 when you go in, I think it is a little less for children. It is a magnificent building, but to be quite honest I don't really think there is that much of interest inside it, outside is a lot nicer, and so are the grounds. There is a great big statue of Lord Tennyson in the Cathedral Grounds, he was born in Somersby in Lincolnshire in 1809, he is well known for his poems - the most popular being 'Charge of the Light Brigade'. The only down point to Lincoln is the hills - if you want to visit the cathedral or castle you are probably best going by car as 'Steep Hill' is very difficult to climb. I doubt very much that you would make it to the top with a pram, bicycle or wheelchair. * Bus Tours There are bus tours that you can take around lincoln, you get shown the main attractions - this is mainly for tourists, but anyone can go on them. You get shown around the city and are told all about it's historical values. You can also go on boat tours, though these aren't as good as you don't get to see the castle, cathedral and other major places of interest - though it is nice just to relax on a boat for the afternoon - the scenery is lovely. You used to be able to hire boats to ride on the 'Wharf' I'm not sure if you still can, but you can pay to go for a boat ride. If you ever visit near Halloween make sure you check out the Ghost Walks - a tour guide shows you around the most haunted places in Lincoln. There are various other places of interest and leisure activities, for example, * Bowling The alley is just 1 mile out of Lincoln, you can go in the bar and have a drink or food, and you can even have childrens parties which used to cost about £4 a head, includes food, a game of bowling and birthday cake. There are about 14 lanes. * Golf Range This is also only 1 mile out of Lincoln, or there is a golf course about 1/2 out of the city. * Cinema The cinema is an 'odeon' which has all the latest releases Pubs, restaurants, shops etc etc - there are loads of these all over Lincoln, you are guaranteed to find something for everyone and the shopping is very good. Pubs and restaurants are reasonably priced. And I always find that I get good value for money is MOST places. Lincoln is not just for tourists - I love living hear it is a big city, but not as big as most which makes it nicer, and you can't get lost very easy!! It is definately worth a visit, even if it's just for the shops! And with christmas coming up make sure you check out the christmas market - fairly pricy but a very good atmosphere.
Lincoln is a beautiful atmiospheric place, around every corner therre is a funny little building or architectural suprise, The castle is brilliant with its fairy tale looks and creepy feeling dungeon, it is fairly cheep to get in with a family which is a bonus on a day out and the gardens in there are relaxing for a picnic. Close to the castle is the Lawns which is a free garden park area with a free hothouse with tropical plants with water features and an aquarium. The park is safe and extensive and the japanese garden is ideal when youve had a hectic climb up the steep hill which IS steep so beware, not suitable for wheelchair users. The shopping is pretty good down at the bottom of the hill and of course the Cathedral is not to be missed, keep your eye open for gargoils in odd places around the town its a real delight for a day out so I really recommend it to you.