Why Visit Lincoln, England?

Lincoln in England is brimming with history and has many sites of interest for visitors. Here is a taste of what can be expected from a much-encouraged trip to this cathedral city in the East Midlands.

Medieval history

During the medieval period,  Lincoln was one of the wealthiest places in England. Visible signs of this city’s prestige at this time are everywhere. The main sights are Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle which are located in the uphill area. Also nearby is the Bishops Palace, a grand building that was once the most important religious centre in the country.

Lincolnshire had the most monasteries and the largest diocese in England. Henry VIII and James I were amongst the visitors to the Bishops Palace. The Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, was one of the witnesses when the Magna Carta was drawn up in 1215. This could explain how one of only four remaining copies of this priceless legal document can be found at Lincoln Castle.

Along with a number of ancient churches dotted around the city centre, there is also the 12th century High Bridge – the oldest bridge in England which still has buildings on it. One of the businesses on top of the bridge, which has its facade on the High Street, is Stokes High Bridge Cafe. This is a great place to get traditional English afternoon tea. The black and white timber-framed building dates back to the 16th century.

At the top of the High Street is a medieval archway known locally as ‘The Stonebow‘. This was once the gateway to Lincoln. It is now a favourite spot for buskers and a homeless guy who likes to sell ‘big tissues’ rather than Big Issues.

Amazing food

Lincoln is located in the county of Lincolnshire which last year received the award for having the best food in Britain. The city of Lincoln is surrounded by plenty of farmland and fresh produce is never far away. Lincolnshire sausages are known for being extremely tasty and there are plenty of award-winning butchers and an impressive collection of restaurants, many focused on providing fresh, local produce.

Britain’s best street

Another accolade achieved by Lincoln last year was the title of Britain’s best street for its picturesque urban climb, Steep Hill. This is a cobbled road brimming with character and lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

Quirky coffee shop

If you want to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake in quirky and comfortable surroundings,  then head to Coffee Aroma in Guidhall Street. There is a wall of secrets here where people are encouraged to anonymously dish the dirt on a postcard and attach it to the wall. Upstairs there is a painting of Lincoln Cathedral on the ceiling, sheets of music on the walls and lots of other decorative details that make for a really cool, yet unpretentious, atmosphere. At night, this place turns into a bar and there is sometimes live music.

 

4 Comments

  1. January 29, 2012 / 18:50

    This post is going to very useful to me (not that I wasn’t convinced anyway!) for my visit to Lincoln in March! :)
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  2. Visit Lincoln
    January 30, 2012 / 12:50

    This is a great blog about Lincoln! Glad you enjoyed it so much and shared with others. Thanks.