Returning to Lincoln

Tulips in Lincoln

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel visiting Lincoln again. It had been more than two years since I’d last stepped foot in this historic English city in the East Midlands.

To be honest, living there for five years during my 20s was a really difficult yet necessary period of my life. While I met the love of my life Andy and qualified as a senior journalist, I got to the point where I couldn’t wait to get away (that’s when I took the leap of faith to travel solo around Canada for several months). 

I guess I’m too much of a city girl at heart and Lincoln always had more of a small town feel to it that I found restricting. I felt like a bit of an alien most of the time. We’re both much happier living in Liverpool. 

So why did we return to Lincoln? Andy’s sister lives there so we were on a family visit. We took the opportunity to become reacquainted with some of the positive aspects about Lincoln such as the medieval architecture, historic Bailgate area and the amazing local restaurants!

lincoln cathedral

The impressive gothic exterior of Lincoln Cathedral

stained glass window

Stained glass window in Lincoln Cathedral

romanesque statue

The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and has ancient features such as this Romanesque statue.

Lincoln Cathedral is a sight I never tire of. This gothic masterpiece is to Lincoln what the Royal Liver Building is to Liverpool. It’s iconic, impressive and downright beautiful to look at. Dating back to the 12th century, there are many ancient features to admire, including intricate stone work, Romanesque statues and sensational stained glass windows. 

The Bailgate area where the cathedral is located is also home to a castle that was built by William the Conqueror and displays a priceless addition of the Magna Carta – one of only four in the world. Besides these big sights, this part of Lincoln is just a pleasure to wander around, with charming cobbled streets, picturesque houses, independent shops, traditional pubs and some of the best restaurants in the city. Roman remnants can also be spotted here such as the Newport Arch.

Colourful houses

Colourful houses in Bailgate near the cathedral

Lincoln Stone Bow

The Stone Bow on Lincoln High Street – a medieval archway that was once the gateway to the city

Steep Hill Lincoln

Steep Hill that was once voted the best street in Britain



medieval lincoln

This timber-framed building is the back of the Stokes High Bridge Cafe on Lincoln High Street.

Besides Thailand No. 1, see green curry below!, other Bailgate restaurants I’d highly recommend are Browns Pie Shop and the Wig & Mitre (which also has a great pub next door!). If you’re especially hungry, indulge in afternoon tea at Stokes High Bridge Cafe on the High Street.

Green curry, thai food

Delicious green curry at Thailand No. 1 in Bailgate.

coconut pancake

Followed by a coconut pancake. Yum!


Have you been to Lincoln? Any more sights or restaurants to recommend?



  1. May 10, 2015 / 00:53

    Even if I lived somewhere else, like you do now, I totally would come back to Lincoln. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Also, it’s pretty cool to know that’s where you and Andy met. Feel like I know you guys a bit better now.
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    • May 22, 2015 / 13:08

      You’re right, it’s a very beautiful city and it will always hold good memories as well as bad :-)

    • May 22, 2015 / 13:10

      Thanks Jessica, the food in Lincolnshire is incredible! Definitely miss the restaurants there, though there are some great ones here in Liverpool too :-)