A weekend in Lincoln

Our recommendations for a history-rich getaway

With its picturesque cobbled streets, magnificent cathedral and mighty castle, modern Lincoln is a vibrant and energetic place where history comes to life.

Planning a getaway to this impressive city that’s frequently regarded as one of Britain’s most underrated destinations? Check out our recommendations for things to do and where to eat and stay, all rated by the AA and/or VisitEngland.

Things to do in Lincoln

Lincoln is home to lots of stunning historic sights, with two of its most recognisable attractions lying in the city’s picturesque Cathedral Quarter. The city’s iconic cathedral was once the world’s tallest building – even today, its distinctive triple towers are visible for miles around. Inside is just as awe-inspiring, with the most wonderfully intricate carvings to be found wherever you look. Make sure you seek out the Lincoln Imp on your visit. Legend has it that this mischievous creature was turned to stone by an angel after wreaking havoc throughout the cathedral.

Just across Castle Square lies Lincoln Cathedral’s equally famous neighbour. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Lincoln Castle has stood tall above the city for almost a thousand years – there’s no better way to discover the city’s fascinating story than by paying a visit. Explore the towers and dungeons, scale the heights of the Medieval Wall Walk and see one of the surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. If all your exploring has left you feeling peckish, there’s lots of inviting places to eat and drink around the square.

At the south entrance to the Cathedral Quarter lies Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter. Here you’ll find the Collection Museum, which hosts a fabulous variety of historic and art exhibitions, alongside regular talks and events. From here, the impressive Lincoln Guildhall is just a short walk away.

While the cathedral and castle are undeniably Lincoln’s historic heart, the surrounding countryside makes the perfect partner to the bustling city sites – venture out of the centre and you’ll find stately homes, hidden gardens, endearing villages and more Norman churches than any other part of Britain.

Recommended thing to do in Lincoln

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Guildhall

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

The Collection – Art & Archaeology in Lincolnshire

Places to stay in Lincoln

Welcoming B&Bs, city centre hotels, elegant guest houses: there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to great places to rest your head.

Top-rated recommendations

Bentley Hotel & Spa

Creston Villa Guest House

Little Redlands B&B

Premier Inn Lincoln City Centre

The Lincoln Hotel

Where to eat in Lincoln

From modern British cooking in the historic quarter, to five-course taster menus in a converted bakery – Lincoln’s food and drink scene is thriving.

Discover Lincoln’s AA-Rosette restaurants

The Lincoln Hotel

The Old Bakery

The White Hart

Washington Hall Hotel

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