2000 years of history to explore in one city; from Roman origins through to Medieval Britain and the engineering innovations of the 21st century. Steep Hill connects ‘downhill’ and ‘uphill’ , and yes, it is as steep as its name suggests, but it is well worth the walk.
Facing Lincoln Cathedral across the cobbled square is Lincoln Castle. It is commanding position across the city and surrounding landscape made it the obvious choice for a fortified camp. Retrace the footsteps of the Romans, Vikings, Normans, Georgians and Victorians; traders, knights, soldiers, prisoners and law makers who lived worked and served time here. Voted the UK’s Most Popular Castle in a public TripAdvisor poll, Lincoln Castle offers 360 degree Wall Walk offering spectacular views across the city.
Tasty sausages, historic twilight tours and English street markets
Lincoln comes alive with a rich programme of events, festivals, markets and street performances – so much so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Time your visit for the annual Lincoln Sausage Festival and meet a local producers whilst trying the county’s most famous export – the Lincolnshire sausage. Experience Lincoln Castle during a Twilight Tour, a photography tour of Lincoln Cathedral or stone-masonry at the Heritage Skills Centre.
Lose yourself in Lincoln Cathedral
To say this is a beautiful building is almost a redundant statement. The cathedral is one of the country’s finest and one of the best examples of the English Gothic style to be found anywhere. Among the many highlights is the 10-sided chapter-house, which you access from the lovely cloisters – you might recognise it from the final scenes of the Da Vinci Code film.
You can’t find a better location in town than The White Hart Hotel, sandwiched perfectly between the cathedral and the castle in uphill.
Hidden in the upper reaches of Lincoln Cathedral you’ll find a symbol of the city surrounded by myth and legend: the Lincoln Imp.
It seems almost unfair to other buildings in England that this castle has seen so much and been at the centre of so many key events over the last 1000 years.
Heroes of the skies – aviation heritage
Over 57,000 men gave their lives to Bomber Command defending the country during WW2: that’s more than serve in the entire Royal Air Force today. Take time to see the 31-metre tall Memorial Spire and its surrounding Wall of Names, or visit the Chadwick Visitor Centre to hear stories about the young men who helped win the war.
Two iconic and rare documents, dating to the early 13th century, on display in a subterranean vault inside Lincoln Castle. Lincoln is the only place in the world where you can see original copies of Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217) in one place.