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Find inspiration for a visit to accessible Lincoln

If you’re planning a visit or a stay in historic Lincoln, rest assured that accessibility won’t hinder your opportunity to discover what the city has to offer.

A number of businesses across Lincoln and the surrounding area are specially equipped and trained to assist visitors with access needs. They provide Access Statements to help you ‘know before you go’.

When you are researching which accommodation to stay at and attractions to visit, ask to see their Access Statements. We’ve included a number below to start you off.

Visitor Information Centre

The first stop for any visit to Lincoln should be the Visitor Information Centre where friendly staff can help answer any of your questions about the area.

A wealth of leaflets, brochures and other literature are available alongside a great selection of Lincoln and Britain souvenirs. The staff are also able to book accommodation and attraction tickets on your behalf.

The Visitor Information Centre is located inside a stunning 16th century building which means accessibility is restricted. There are two steep steps into the building, with a handrail, and one inside. However assistance is available at the door at the press of a button – the staff can offer a personalised service.

Full details are available on the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre Access Statement.

Things to Do

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest cathedrals and a superb example of Gothic architecture. It has been a place of worship for almost 1,000 years and sits atop Steep Hill, visible for miles around.

Around 85% of the cathedral is accessible by wheelchair, hearing loops are installed throughout and assistance dogs are welcome.

The welcome staff at Lincoln Cathedral are highly trained for customer service and are willing to help with anything you may need.

Full details are available on the Lincoln Cathedral Access Statement.

Lincoln Castle

Discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta.

The majority of the grounds of the castle are flat and accessible. The Medieval Wall Walk has a lift to the east section, which is flat and has stunning views of Lincoln Cathedral. An audio guide is available for the Medieval Wall Walk and a transcript of the full script is available for visitors with hearing impairments.

Some parts of the Victorian Prison have very narrow walkways and doors making access difficult for wheelchair users, although there are lifts to all three floors of the prison, and a viewing platform for the chapel. Transcripts of the Victorian Prison films are available.

There is a lift to the David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault, which is fully accessible. Transcripts of the Magna Carta films are available.

Find out more about accessibility at Lincoln Castle on the Lincoln Castle Access Statement.

The Collection and Usher Gallery

The Collection is a modern, award-winning archaeology museum exhibiting Lincolnshire's history from the pre-historic era to the modern day. The Usher Gallery is a stone's throw away and is one of the region's premier art galleries.

All public areas of the museum and gallery are accessible with flat surfaces and a lift to upper stories. Assistance dogs are welcome, audio visual guides are available and there are wheelchairs for loan.

Full details are available on The Collection Access Statement and the Usher Gallery Access Statement.

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is a community museum celebrating Lincolnshire’s rich history from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.

The museum has a wheelchair and a magnifying glass available for loan, free of charge, and assistance dogs are welcome.

A variety of audio-visual aids and interpretations are available throughout the museum. There are automatic doors throughout the museum to each exhibition.

Full details are available on the Museum of Lincolnshire Life Access Statement.

Whisby Natural World Centre

The Natural World Centre at Whisby Nature Park offers views over the park and exhibitions inside to help you discover nature.

There are ten free blue-badge parking spaces close to the entrance and a drop-off zone if they are occupied. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to loan and assistance dogs are welcome.

The centre is fully accessible - exhibition spaces, gift shop, cafe and Little Darters outdoor play area. The nature reserve path is flat and level (some slight ramps) and there are resting benches throughout the route.

Full details are available on the Natural World Centre Access Statement.

Where to Stay

The Lincoln Hotel

The Lincoln Hotel is a 71 room, modern hotel boasting stunning views of Lincoln Cathedral. It is located a stone's throw from the cathedral grounds and has a fine-dining restaurant and a vibrant bar attached.

There is lift access to 10 first floor rooms, two of which are wheelchair accessible rooms with level entry showers and hand rails. A mobile hearing loop, vibrating pillow pad, and an alarm clock with flashing light are available on request.

Full details are available on The Lincoln Hotel Access Statement.

Longdales House

Longdales House is a beautiful, Victorian guest house located on the campus of Bishop Grosseteste University close to a café, a restaurant and an independent cinema. It is a short journey from Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter.

Longdales has an adapted en-suite room on the ground floor with four bedrooms at lobby level – four steps from the pavement. There is also an accessible kitchenette nearby and hearing loops throughout the building.

Full details are available on the Longdales House Access Statement.

Food and Drink

Stokes Collection Cafe

Stokes Collection Cafe is a modern coffee shop and café found inside The Collection museum. The café serves hot and cold drinks – including locally roasted coffee - with a delicious food menu using locally sourced ingredients.

All areas of the café are accessible, with a lift available to the café level from the entrance to the museum. A portable hearing loop is available on request and assistance dogs are welcome.

Full details are available on the Stokes Collection Cafe Access Statement.

More Places to Eat & Drink

Powershair user and blogger Alex Squire has written about his experiences at bars, pubs, and restaurants around Lincoln:

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