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Top 10 Must-Sees in Lincoln

Crowned as the UK’s most underrated city break, it’s fair to say Lincoln has lots of stunning sights to see across the city. From the mischievous Lincoln Imp to the Roman ruins beneath the High Street, we’ve listed the top 10 absolute must-sees in Lincoln.

​1. Steep Hill & Bailgate

Steep Hill is an Instagrammer’s dream— once voted Britain’s Best Street, the picturesque cobbled streets lined with quaint independent shops make it well worth the climb. Going along The Strait and up the hill, you will find the Bailgate and the stunning Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

Look out for the wonky lamp post half-way up the hill, near the ‘Mayor’s Chair’, and the crooked house just round the corner on Michaelgate (where the famous climb occurs during the Lincoln Grand Prix cycle race).

​2. Lincoln Cathedral

Finding the Imp
Legend has it that the Lincoln Imp was a naughty little creature, causing havoc all around the Midlands. When he and his friends arrived at Lincoln Cathedral, some angels had had quite enough and turned him into stone to make an example of him. He’s high up at the top of one of the pillars and there’s a light you can turn on to help you see the way.

Tours
The Lincoln Cathedral roof tour takes you up into the roof space of Lincoln Cathedral so you can see the building’s inner workings. The Tower Tour takes you up to the top of the Central Tower where you can experience fabulous views and on a clear day see much of Lincolnshire.

The Rose Windows
Described as the ‘two eyes of the church’, Lincoln Cathedral features two great rose windows— The Dean’s Eye, on the north side of the cathedral, and on the south side, the Bishop’s Eye.

​3. Lincoln Castle

The great stone curtain wall is one of the boldest hallmarks of Lincoln Castle and a permanent reminder of its role as a mighty medieval stronghold.

Visitors can make their way across the Medieval Wall Walk which is an impressive third of a mile long— the journey takes you through the history of Lincoln and is an Instagram hotspot for panoramic views across the beautiful city and countryside.

​4. Guildhall & Stonebow

The Guildhall has been used since its construction in 1520, occupying the whole second floor of the Stonebow, and is still host to Council events. The interior of the Guildhall is even more spectacular than the exterior— a real city-centre hidden gem. The venue houses numerous pieces of regalia, including the sword of Richard II, Mayor’s Chains of Office, and the Mayor’s posy ring.

​5. Newport Arch

Part of Lincoln’s Roman North Wall, Newport Arch is the oldest archway in the UK still used by traffic.

The arch is the inner face of the north gate of the Upper Roman City of Lindum Colonia in its 3rd-century form (with medieval additions and modifications to the north). Part of the connecting wall survives in the nearby Newport Cottage.

Follow the Roman Trail on your phone to find other Roman ruins around the city.

​6. Arboretum

The Arboretum is a park of Grade II historical importance, containing beautiful gardens, lakes, fountains and a children’s play area. Originally designed and laid out between 1870 and 1872 by Edward Milner, one of the most celebrated Victorian gardeners of his time. The bandstand at the Arboretum is a photographers’ favourite — colourful, timeless, and lovingly restored to its full potential.

​7. High Bridge

Lincoln’s High Bridge is the oldest bridge in the United Kingdom which still has buildings on it, dating back to 1160AD. The first building to be built on the bridge, that is now part of Lincoln High Street, was a chapel, dedicated to Thomas Becket - a common occurrence on Medieval English bridges. All that is left from the bridge’s original purposes is a short row of black and white timbered shops, dating back to around 1550, that currently houses Stokes Cafe.

​8. The Brayford Waterfront

Lincoln’s Brayford Waterfront offers a wide range of eateries, bars, and entertainment venues situated around one of Lincoln’s most iconic and picturesque areas. If the weather is warm, you can eat al fresco looking over the water or if it’s a bit chilly, escape inside to warm up with a hearty meal.

​9. International Bomber Command Centre

A memorial spire, walls, peace gardens, and a visitor centre that marks the service and sacrifice of World War II aircrew, ground crew and support staff that lost their lives whilst serving with Bomber Command.

The view through the Memorial Spire leads directly to Lincoln Cathedral, reflecting the view that let those of Bomber Command know they were almost home from their missions, and - for those who failed to return to Lincolnshire - provided their last view of home.

​10. The Collection

The Collection is an award-winning archaeology museum located in the heart of historic Lincoln, with interactive exhibitions, events and talks, and guided tours. The site plays host to a huge variety of historic exhibitions throughout the year alongside and, following visitors can enter the gallery through a fully accessible glass pavilion that gives excellent views of its sister museum The Usher Gallery and Temple Gardens.

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