Luscious Lincoln

Sarah Freeman on 09 September 2022
If you’re looking for a weekend break but don’t want to travel too far, I can highly recommend the beautiful city of Lincoln, just over a 2 hour drive from Manchester. Probably one of the most under rated city breaks, Lincoln is a small city that packs a big punch for tourists.

The most popular draws are Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral. While smaller in scale to places like Windsor, the castle built in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror is well preserved and as well as exploring the grounds, you can visit the Victorian Prison and walk the medieval walls for some great views over the city. This is also the only place in the world where an original 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest can be seen!

Lincoln Cathedral an easy 5 minute walk from the castle has a history spanning over 950 years. First built in 1072 you’ll be blown away with its Gothic architecture and intricate stone and wood carvings. If it looks familiar, this is because it’s served as the backdrop for a number of movies including The Da Vinci Code.

I was staying in Bailgate one of the most historic areas, with cobbled streets, quaint independent shops and some of the city’s best restaurants. Look out for the crooked house on Michaelgate and then defy gravity walking down Steep Hill to the new part of the city.

Other points of interest include The Guildhall which was built in 1520 and is still used by the local council and the 16th century Stonebow arch over Lincoln High Street.

After all that history, its nice to know the new part of the city also doesn’t disappoint. There are multiple shopping centres with all the major high street brands and the Brayford Waterfront offers a whole host of restaurants and bars with great views across the water. This area is also home to the University of Lincoln.

If you prefer guided tours rather than self exploring, you can hop on the sightseeing bus or book one of the popular walking tours that commence in the Castle Hill area.