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Things to do in Lincoln

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The top 13 attractions in Lincoln

Cathedrals in Lincoln
Lincoln Cathedral
As soon as you get off at the train station, you will see this striking style cathedral. It started in the Norman style(1072 after the Battle of Hastings) and finished in Gothic style. It is currently one of the largest cathedrals in the United Kingdom. It was known as a center of pilgrimage to visit the relics of the Holy Bishop Hugh of Lincoln, who reformed the cathedral. The front facade and the cover are really impressive. As you get further away from Lincoln, the cathedral can be seen for miles away.
Streets in Lincoln
Hight St & Bridge Hight
This is the perfect start to enter from the railway station to the area. High Street is a busy avenue full of shops, people, a market and the old bridge over the River Witham. This is a pedestrian area, and the bridge that sits over the river is the only bridge with medieval origin in the UK that is still in use. Right behind it is an old building with the typical architecture based English wooden beams and plaster. Waterstone's is a great and famous library which is well worth a visit.
Palaces in Lincoln
Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace
The ruins of this and other buildings near the Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace, transport travelers to a different time. The exterior of the of the whole building itself helps you understand the power and influence of the largest diocese in England. There is an audio tour available throughout all the facilities, identifying and explanations of each.
Castles in Lincoln
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln was the third city in importance and prosperity, and even had the power to coin money. In 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began to build this castle on a site already occupied by the Romans. It had been used for more than 900 years was used as a court and prison, where they keep the Lincoln Magna Carta of 1215 . The castle was the center stage of many severe battles during the reign of King Steven and King John, and was besieged during a war in the early thirteenth century. The views from the walls of this city are spectacular! There are also many objects on display from different time periods as well as guided tours and gift shops.
Museums in Lincoln
Usher Gallery
The Usher Gallery is a collection that's divided into parts of a classical building that's surrounded by beautiful gardens that are often used for displaying works of art. Inside is where they usually have the temporary exhibitions, but it also contains the largest exhibition of eighteenth century English porcelain of the country, the Charles Norman Collection, also exhibit paintings of Turner, Lowry, Stubbs, Reynolds ... And by contemporary painters. Entry is free and open from 10h to 16h.
Historical Monuments in Lincoln
Lincoln City Centre
The small town of Lincoln was founded by the Roman Empire, along with the river Witham and on a series of hills, and on top of the hill you can see the famous cathedral. Almost all of the streets are on the cost and they have names like Castle Hill or Step Hill (Hill = Hill), two of the main streets, which house various medieval buildings in perfect condition. From the train station, uphill castle hill you reach the cathedral, but along the way we find stores in quite peculiar buildings and the castle of the city of Norman origins. Across town in another sense, we can see steep hill architecture characteristic of the area including the famous Jew's House and Jew's house. It's definitely a beautiful city that you'll have to visit on a weekend.
Museums in Lincoln
Lincolnshire Life Museum
This is a very interesting museum located on the outskirts of the city, about 15 minutes from the downtown area. The business hours are from 10am to 4pm, and entrance is free. Here, you will find many artifacts from rural life in the county. Among the objects you will find are things like tools, wagons, and the first machines used to harvest food, the first military tank invented that was also manufactured here and the first steam locomotives. They also recreated a classroom from the times of Queen Victoria with great detail, a blacksmith shop, nursery, post office, pharmacy, etc.. Everything with authentic period items obtained through donations from its inhabitants. Just around the corner of this building is the windmill Ellis Mill, XVIII century, which can also be visited.
Palaces in Lincoln
Bishop's Palace
It is the 2nd most visited monument in the city after the cathedral, next to it. It is a medieval structure built on a hill that dominates the amazing views of the city and country, it was one of the most important buildings in the country. It hosted the visits of Henry VIII and James I, before being looted by the troops in the year 1648. An impressive barrel vault is still in the entrance, and its garden is the heritage of the country and it is close to one of the vineyards up north in Europe.
Museums in Lincoln
The Collection Museum
The Collection Museum can be found in a cutting-edge and award-winning building. There you'll find the archaeological collection that includes: Tools of the first Lincolnshire settlers, objects from the Bronze Age, the Fiskerton (which was a wooden boat from the Bronze Age), the tomb of a Roman soldier who lived and died in the city, objects from civil battles, and even a marine reptile that's 180 million years old. There are lots of interesting objects to observe carefully, and between them, play areas for children (who can behave quite well in my opinion). There is a nice cafe for a break and then see the Usher Gallery which is next (see MINUBE corner). The museum is free and open from 10h to 16h.
Churches in Lincoln
Church of St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene Church is a beautiful Romanesque church that can be found at the gateway to the magnificent Cathedral. It was consecrated in 1072. The present preserves some of its original fragments of medieval origins temple after centuries, as one of the ancient bells, today is calling for prayer after lapse of 600 years. After the Civil War some of the paintings are still preserved in the Usher Gallery, which is where the Victorians embellished and restoration of 1882 remains intact today.
Of Cultural Interest in Lincoln
The Waterworks
Lincoln City was overtaken by a typhus epidemic between November 1904 and August 1905, which was caused by contamination of the lake water in the Witham Hartsholme river. Over 1000 people contracted the disease. To prevent it from happening again the townspeople built the Westgate water tank, which is a huge building near one of the schools. It looks like an ancient medieval tower. It's near the castle and can be seen from different places throughout the city.
Bars in Lincoln
The Magna Carta
This pub is located in an old building on the corner of the street, in a very convenient place between the castle and the cathedral of the city, so it is usually packed. It has a nice terrace where, if it is not too cold, you can have great fun watching the throngs of tourists. Upstairs, there are bay windows from which the views are fantastic. They serve a great, all-day English breakfast or you can choose a superstar burger with a pint of ale. You will not go hungry!
Of Cultural Interest in Lincoln
Newport & Bailgate
Bailgate is a old Methodist Church that is located a few meters away from the best preserved Roman relic that remains in the city, the Newport Arch. This arch was at the time, and remains today, a gateway to the city of Lincoln. They say it is the only one in UK that still allows cars to pass through.
Activities in Lincoln
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