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Top 12 Cultural Things To Do and See in Lincoln

Discover the Top 12 cultural things to do in Lincoln, explore Lincoln's history and heritage and follow art and culture around Lincoln city centre.

Among other things, Lincoln is full of cultural things to do, with the county scattered with museums, theatres, heritage sites, galleries and landmarks.

Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter, in the heart of the city centre, is a vibrant hub of the city. Spanning the east of Lincoln city centre and the south entrance to Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, here you’ll find theatre, museums, art, music, cuisine, bars and cafés.

Culture in Lincoln doesn’t stop there, however. The city contains over 2,000 years of history to discover, and you can find pockets of culture spread across the high street and outskirts of the city centre too.

Read our Top 12 list of cultural things to do and see in Lincoln and discover everything you need to know before you visit our stunning city.

1. Lincoln Castle

Start your culture trip at Lincoln Castle, and discover a world of rich history dating back to 1068.

As home to an original 1215 copy of Magna Carta, the Charter of the Forest, a stunning Medieval Wall Walk, the fascinating Victorian and Georgian prisons and archaeology exhibition, you can spend the entire day exploring Lincolnshire’s culture at the Castle.

Open 7 days a week from 10m – 5pm, with a dedicated time for shielding visitors each Thursday morning. Discover more and pre-book your tickets online here.

2. Lincoln Cathedral

Standing proudly over the city, one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings and once the world’s tallest building, Lincoln Cathedral is a must-visit.

Hidden above the cloisters you can find the Medieval and Wren Libraries, with a 15th Century collection of books in “the most beautiful room in England”, and discover the Airmen’s Chapel of St Michael, which sits with the Cathedral.

Now open to tourists, pilgrims and general visitors, plan your visit to Lincoln Cathedral and pre-book your tickets in advance, with a reduced admission throughout August.

3. The Collection Museum

Located in the heart of historic Lincoln, and in the middle of the Cultural Quarter, lies the award-winning archaeology museum, The Collection.

Come face to face with Lincolnshire’s earliest inhabitants, explore the vibrant exhibition programme, and even be guided by their very own interactive Robot Tour Guide, Lindsey.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to view The Collection Museum’s ‘Spotlight Display’ and meet a 1907 Steiff Bear throughout August.

Connected to The Collection is the county’s only purpose built public art gallery, The Usher Gallery. While still currently closed due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy the building’s architecture and sculptures within Temple Gardens.

Entry to The Collection is free, and the museum is open each day 10am – 4pm (except on Tuesday) and a dedicated hour each week is reserved for shielding visitors. Find out more, discover The Collection Museum’s events and pre-book your tickets here.

4. Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Enjoy free entry to the largest and most diverse community museum in Lincolnshire celebrating the counties’ rich and varied social history.

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day, with exhibits illustrating commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.

Be inspired and plan your future visit to the fully accessibly museum, and the home to an authentic World War One tank named “Daphne”, when it reopens.

N.B. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is temporarily closed until further notice.

5. International Bomber Command Centre

With the UK’s tallest war memorial, walls to commemorate those fallen, peace gardens and interactive visitor centre; Lincoln’s newest aviation cultural venue that has already won 16 national and international awards is a true inspiration!

The International Bomber Command Centre 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 centre is complete with an immersive educational interpretation centre, featuring a state-of-the-art exhibition and even a view of Lincoln Cathedral. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30am each week; discover more and pre-book your entrance and tour tickets in advance here.

6. Sam Scorer Gallery

Sam Scorer Gallery hosts an array of exciting shows of paintings and sculpture, many created by Lincolnshire based artists. Run by the arts trust: a passionate, volunteer collective who are dedicated to creating and maintaining an accessible and contemporary facility.

Currently showcasing the work of Alan Abbey who’s exhibition will take you on a lyrical journey in printmaking, from Cumbria to Crete. Then, from 24th August, you will be able to view the artwork of local Lincolnshire artist Phil Bowman, who also owns and manages Gallery at St. Martins.

7. Mansions of the Future

Make sure you have time to visit the city’s design-led, multifunctional public space that brings artists and communities together to create and share culture in and of Lincoln.

Mansions of the future, which is inspired by The Difference, delivers a series of ambitious, interdisciplinary artist commissions exploring the themes of power and democracy.

Supported by the Lincolnshire Co-op and funded by Arts council England in collaboration with the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership.

8. Lincoln Central Library

Lincoln Central Library is Lincolnshire’s main local studies collection. Browse through 1000s of books and visit their exhibition gallery in the city’s Cultural Quarter.

The library shares its street Lincoln’s oldest surviving friary building The Greyfriars, Lincoln Drill Hall, a thriving and friendly entertainment venue, and Angle Coffee House, situated in an Old Vestry that overlooks St. Swithins Church.

9. Leigh-Pemberton House

Situated between Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, Leigh-Pemberton House is a half-timbered, 16th Century house which is now the Visitor Information Centre and luxury accommodation.

Lincoln visitor information centre provides information and gives advice on everything ‘Lincoln’, and a place to buy souvenirs and local Lincolnshire artwork too.

Each day at 11am, you can join the Lincoln Guided Tour from outside Leigh-Pemberton House. This popular walking tour takes you on a journey through Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter in 1,000 steps.

10. Jew’s Court and House

A Grade I listed, 13th century building on Steep Hill, traditionally through to be on the site of Medieval Synagogue and now, Jew’s Court is a historical book shop.

Next door is Jew’s House, the former residence of a local Rabbi and now home to a stylish restaurant.

You can discover Lincoln’s exceptional Jewish heritage on a digital trail through the city taking in its many surviving Medieval Jewish houses.

11. Digital Trails

Follow one of the city’s free, self-guided, digital trails on your smartphone to walk the footsteps or history and discover some the hidden secrets that Lincoln has to offer. Explore Roman Lincoln for yourself or, immerse yourself in learning about Lincolnshire’s strong links to aviation, from the past to the present.

Leading you down the high street through the Guildhall and Stonebow, from the cobbles streets of the Cathedral Quarter, the Roman Trail takes you on a journey of discovery from AD43 to present day.

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