Why A Visit to Lincoln UK
Why the City of Lincoln is a Medieval Jewel
Although Lincoln is not among the UK’s most visited cities, it should not be overlooked. This beautiful Medieval city boasts an impressive heritage, with a host of interesting historical attractions that are sure to fascinate.
If you are thinking of visiting this Medieval gem, here is our travel guide to this wonderful city.
The beautiful Lincoln cathedral was once one of the tallest buildings in the world and even today it boasts impressive panoramic views over the city from its tower and roof. Commissioned just after the Norman invasion and consecrated in 1092, the cathedral was rebuilt in the Gothic style after earthquakes and fires had destroyed part of the building, and its intricately detailed interior is a masterpiece of Gothic art.
This historical setting is also one of only a handful of places in the UK where you can see a surviving copy of the Magna Carta which was signed as long ago as 1215. A facsimile of this famous document is available for public viewing inside the cathedral.
By taking a Floor Tour you can delve more deeply into the architecture and history of the cathedral while the 90 minute Roof Tour gets you up close to the fantastic stained glass windows as well as within reach of the spectacular views.
If you are travelling with the children in tow, Lincoln cathedral is still a fun family day out with explorer packs being available for the little ones to keep them engaged throughout their visit. These are free of charge and are sure to keep the youngsters occupied while you admire the gorgeous surroundings.
Lincoln Castle has dominated the city for hundreds of years and now, since its restoration in 2010, it is a better tourist attraction than ever. Built in 1068, this impressive fortress has been the scene for many battles and sieges and today is home to one of the original copies of the Magna Carta.
The new David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault is the main focus of this attraction where you can submerge yourself in the events of 1215.
Over its many years of history the castle has played host to several kings and queens including Henry II, King John and Henry VIII, and today you can walk in their footsteps on the Medieval Wall Walk with its accompanying audio tour which takes you for a third of a mile around the battlements, towers and rooftops and gives you an insight into the dramatic events that have taken place here over the centuries.
Lincoln Medieval Bishop’s Palace
Boasting views over the city and the surrounding countryside, Lincoln’s Medieval Bishop’s Palace was once one of the country’s most important buildings, being the administratave hub of Medieval England’s largest diocese.
Even today, it is easy to see how its impressive architecture reflects the wealth and power wielded by the Bishop. Owned and run by English Heritage, the Bishop’s Palace is a great way to spend a day in the city.
The inclusive audio tour takes you through the undercrofted East Hall, the entrance tower and the chapel range, telling you all of the important facts about this residence.
After your tour, take a stroll around the Heritage Garden and enjoy the tranquillity and peace, or explore the small vineyard terrace which is home to vines that have been brought from the city’s German twin town, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse.
Jewish Heritage Trail
If you are keen to discover Lincoln’s history but are on a budget, the Jewish Heritage Trail is a great cheap day out.
You can take a self-guided walk around the historical buildings of the city using a free downloadable app on your smartphone. There are only five surviving Medieval Jewish houses in England and Lincoln is home to three of these buildings which are important evidence of the strong Jewish community that lived here during the 12th and 13th centuries.
Explore Medieval Buildings
As you stroll through the streets you will find many other fascinating hidden gems that date back to the Middle Ages. The historic Bailgate district of the city is a lovely place to wander with its atmospheric cobbled streets and quirky shops, while historic Steep Hill may be a challenging uphill climb but it is also a wonderful place to explore second hand book shops.
The Guildhall and Stonebow, built in 1520, has long been the location where council meetings were held and today you can take guided tours free of charge to find out more about the political heritage of the city.
Another unique attraction is High Bridge – the oldest bridge in the UK to still have buildings on it. Constructed in the 12th century, this stone bridge was once home to a chapel and an obelisk, and although both of these are now gone, it is still home to a row of timbered shops in traditional black and white which date back to the middle of the 16th century.
For an unusual and interactive way to explore the historic streets why not take a ghost walk? This inexpensive tour is an enthralling and original way to learn more about local heritage and the fascinating characters in whose footsteps you are now walking.