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24 Hours in Lincoln on a Budget

The Cathedral City of Lincoln: history, culture, great food and a fantastic atmosphere. The perfect place for a break – even on a budget.

Take a look below for our suggested day out in Lincoln on a budget. We reckon it won’t break the bank by a long shot but you’ll still be able to enjoy a great day out in a unique city.

9:30am The Cathedral City

Make your way to Castle Hill, right between Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral. It’s where many have stood between the two iconic landmarks for one thousand years.

There’s so much to explore in the Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter. If you just want a brief look into the city’s history, you can visit the castle grounds and the cathedral’s nave for free or take a walk around the grounds of the Cathedral to spot Tennyson’s statue. You will be able to feel Lincoln’s history by just standing in these extraordinary places.

To experience Lincoln’s history to the fullest buy a joint ticket and explore both Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle for a discounted price. With the joint ticket, you can see and do everything including seeing the Magna Carta, walking the castle walls, and taking guided tours. This will take up most of the day, so make sure you’ve got the time to spare!

10:25am Bus Tour

After your first taste of Lincoln’s history, it is time to explore the city - take a ride in Lincoln’s open-top tour bus for a full, guided tour. The bus leaves the first stop at St Swithins’ Square every hour, starting at 10:30am in the morning until 3:30pm, but you can get on and off at any point. The adult ticket, available for £12, includes two free tickets for under 16s, so it’s the ideal way to discover Lincoln with your family. Or get a discount by purchasing from Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in advance.

11:30am Roman Trail

You’ve probably noticed by now – there is a lot of history in Lincoln. Explore the past even further (and for free!) with the Roman Trail – available on your mobile on the Visit Lincoln website.

This trail leads you through ancient Roman Lincoln, giving you an amazing insight in the city’s history. Follow the trail until Lincoln Cathedral (stop 9) before stopping for lunch.

12:30am Picnic in the Castle

What a morning that was! The Cathedral Quarter has been explored, so it’s time for some well-deserved lunch. Head over to the Curtis of Lincoln bakery on Bailgate: their local, freshly-baked products are exactly what you need after a busy morning and are very well priced too.

The Lincoln Castle grounds are perfect for a picnic on the grass or a bench - there’s nothing better than enjoying your lunch in the heart of historic Lincoln.

1pm Steep Hill & The Collection

Time to pick the Roman trail up again. Follow the trail down Steep Hill – be sure to pop into the lovely boutiques and cafes on Steep Hill, and don’t forget the old Roman gate in Number 44.

The trail takes you left on Steep Hill, towards The Collection museum. You’ve been hearing about Lincoln’s history all day, so now it’s time to see it with your own eyes. It’s completely free - what more could you ask for?

2pm High Street Shopping

After an exciting and cultural morning, it’s time for some shopping! Head onto High Street to find all your favourite brands in your favourite stores and keep an eye out for bargains – there’s always something on sale.

Top tip: Download the LoyalFree App to your mobile to enjoy discounts, offers, and rewards in shops across the city!

3pm A Break at the Brayford

It’s been a busy day so far, so now is a good time to sit back and enjoy the weather by the waterside.

Stop by Bar Unico on your way there for a delicious gelato or, if you want to give yourself a real treat, make your way to the fifth floor Electric Bar for a delicious cocktail – with a magnificent view.

3:50pm Back up the Hill

After a refresh it’s time to head back up the hill. Remember the tour bus from this morning? You’re just in time to hop on at the Brayford – it’s due to arrive there at 15.55.

So, instead of struggling back up the hill, just sit back, relax and enjoy the view and even more fascinating commentary.

4:30pm Souvenir Time

The time has flown by! Luckily, there’s still some time to get a souvenir to remember this day by. Head into the Visitor Information Centre for friendly advice and to take a look at the stunning range of local souvenirs. Take your pick.

4:50pm The Lion & Snake

There’s some time left ‘til dinner so it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a beer or cocktail. With the largest beer garden in the Bail and fantastic views of the Cathedral, The Lion & Snake is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

In fact you can stay at The Lion & Snake for something to eat too with special offers and deals on food throughout the week and classic British dishes on the menu - including fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and a range of burgers.

8pm Cinema at The Venue

With a filled belly and tired legs after a long and exciting day, all you really want to do is sit back and enjoy a good film.

Head to The Venue at Bishop Grosseteste University, an independent cinema known for its perfect offer of both classic films and the latest popular film releases at a great price. So go get your cheap tickets, sit back and enjoy!

Have you got any other great tips for a budget day out in Lincoln? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

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