Discover the best top things to do in Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) including Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Guildhall, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Bransby Horses, RAF Scampton Heritage Centre, Steep Hill, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, Daisy Made Ice Cream, Hartsholme Country Park.
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4.5 based on 4 reviews
'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles' - John Ruskin Lincoln Cathedral was for almost 300 years the tallest building in the world. Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail. Remigius, the Bishop who built the earliest part of the Cathedral in the Norman style, came over with William the Conqueror. Later, in Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls, roofs elaborated by the finest carving. From the time of the death of the saintly Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon who so lovingly restored the Cathedral after an earthquake in the 12th century, thousands of people have come on pilgrimage to this place of pilgrimage, holiness and prayer. In 1215 another Hugh Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, was present at Runnymede along with Lincolnshire's Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton. When King John agreed to the barons' demands, copies of Magna Carta were made and distributed to sheriffs and cathedrals throughout England. Lincoln Cathedral's Magna Carta is one of only four from the original distribution still in existence. It is the only one to bear the name of its city.
Diane & visited on Good Friday as part of a National Holidays break and were appalled to learn the cost of a combined cathedral/castle admission (bearing in mind our "local" - Durham - is free!). To add insult to injury we found the Cathedral closed to tourists until 3pm - not an issue as we were admitted to light a candle and were totally underwhelmed! Equally, we found the castle disappointing, it seemed simply to be set up as a money-making exercise.
5 based on 165 reviews
The Guildhall is the "official home" of the Mayor and occupies the whole of the second floor of the Stonebow. Access to this historic building is via the large double oak doors on the East Wing of the building on Saltergate and is of 15th and 16th century. On a visit you can walk through the Council Chamber, sit in the Mayor's chair and hear some of the tales of years gone by. The tour includes the old debtors prison which now houses some of the finest regalia in England beneath. Whilst in the Civic Insignia room, view the Royal Sword given to the City by Richard II, and the Mayor's Mace dated 1660, originally a defensive fighting weapon, but now carried before the Mayor on ceremonial occasions. See several chains of office, as well as the unique Mayor's posy ring which is only worn on two occasions: when being married to the City at the Annual Meeting and on the Mayor's "official" birthday a custom dating back to 1852. Read the many Royal Charters, the oldest granted by King Henry II (circa 1157) and the latest given in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II. Also, the Guildhall's impressive Council Chamber is still used today for Full Council meetings. The Guildhall allows you to step back in time and view it's unique and historic building, as well as many significant items on display.
As a temporary resident of Lincoln, I always recommend this free tour to my visitors! (After the castle and Cathedral, of course.) It is very interesting to learn the history of this building and the workings of local politics. I especially enjoy hearing about the “two swords length” table. This building, its contents, and the tour guides are treasures!!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
A lovely museum. Plenty to see. Not polished or pristine (museums holding newly painted and polished steam engines aren’t showing things as they were); it’s all just ‘there’.
The exhibit signage is dated, occasionally inaccurate or ungrammatical, and could benefit from a big update. But what a wonderful collection of old stuff. What variety – war time to domestic eto agriculture to industry to religion. The Co-op display holds a particular fascination for me - I worked for the co-op for 25 years, and had have fond memories of contacts with Lincoln co-op, including its chief executive at the time Keith Darwin.
Oh and its free. Brilliant
4.5 based on 334 reviews
Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities in the UK, completely funded by the generosity of public donations. We are dedicated to improving the lives of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules since we were established in 1968. We have rescued, rehabilitated, re-homed or retired thousands of equines and we are working harder than ever to continue making a positive difference to equines wherever and whenever we can. Between our two sites in Lincolnshire and Herefordshire we have over 400 animals currently in our care, which keeps us constantly busy. Bransby Horses Visitor Centre near Lincoln is open to the public. A great day out for all the family with plenty to see and do.
Having been a supporter for Bransby since being a child, it was great to finally see the place for myself - whilst the weather was wet and cold, we received a genuine warm welcome from the staff - whether at the visitor centre, when walking round or having a coffee. The animals seem content, whilst most were keeping under cover a few were out and about - mainly the boys in the top field. We did walk round and see all the lovely paddocks plus various horses / ponies and donkeys - some were more friendly than others - but it was to be expected given the time of year. We had a good walk round and saw the re-homing horses too.
We then visited the coffee shop which warmed us both up - having toasted teacakes and a wonderful slice of millionaires shortbread!
There was a play area for children which I'm sure is well used in the warmer months, and also plenty of picnic areas, and loads of parking. I do intend to return later in the year and see it in warmer weather - but really enjoyed it!
There is no entrance fee but as this is a charity it relies on donations, and we were glad to make a donation - remember to ask if you can gift aid it if applicable to you.
4.5 based on 207 reviews
The RAF Scampton Heritage Centre is housed inside the Annexe offices of the former 617 Sqn Hangar which is an English Heritage Grade II listed building. After a period of extensive renovation work carried out by volunteers, the Heritage Centre re-opened in June 2012. There is now the opportunity to see Wg Cdr Guy Gibsons office as it would have looked like in 1943. The Heritage Centre is open to the public by appointment only. To arrange a visit, please send an email, or use the contact us page on our website. We require a minimum of 14 days notice to complete security screening. We can accommodate groups large or small, including school trips.
Our Son and Wife treated us to the trip around the Heritage centre for a Christmas present and it took three hours to drive there,but we had a good time,the guides were very friendly and knowledgable ,and there were lots of artefacts and memorabilia to look at.Best bit of the day......the Red Arrows went up practicing.....we've never been so close to the famous 'Reds' whilst they taxied out.....fantastic!
4.5 based on 2 reviews
Starting from the high point, Castle Square (close to the West Front of the Cathedral) the narrow,cobbled roadway leads past excellent bars,restaurants,bakery,confectioners,antiques/bric a brac and assorted other attractions. Visually appealing, and ultimately leading to the main retail centre of the City.Save some energy for the return trip (uphill) because you WILL need it! But it is well worth the effort.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
Three great attractions. One great day out. Medieval Wall Walk. Victorian Prison. Magna Carta. Enjoy spectacular views across Lincolnshire from our completed Medieval Wall Walk. Visit the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault and see one of only four remaining original Magna Carta along side the Charter of the Forest. Immerse yourself in the lives of prisoners and their daily routines in the Victorian Prison and see the unique separate system chapel. 1000 years of history - where it happened.
I very much enjoyed the walk around the walls with the town spread out below and the Cathedral just a two or three hundred metres away. It was a revelation for me that one of the last copies of Magna Carta was here as I believed it to be in the Cathedral, and when I saw it I also realised that I had always thought that it would be a large document, like the Domesday Book and - surprise - it is one or two pieces of parchment.
The prison seemed more humane than I would have expected, in that there were fewer people per cell.
Excellent value for £13 and I wish I had had time to visit the Cathedral too, instead of just admiring the magnificent beauty from the outside.
4.5 based on 362 reviews
Lincoln should pride themselves on the staff that work here. After the Christmas market I rang this centre and spoke to a lady here who was able to give me all the information to all the staff involved in operating the Christmas Fayre. She also spent the time to talk to me with great compassion and empathy which in this day is hard to find. I wish all of the staff at the Lincoln Information Visitors Centre a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
4.5 based on 211 reviews
I went last week with my little girl, we had ice-cream and lunch. I loved the filter coffee and the jugs are great they're shaped like cows. Little girl wanted to take one home. Facilities perfect. Loved the tractors and animals. A great place to visit.
4.5 based on 241 reviews
We usually head for Hartsholme when our six year old grandson visits, rain or shine. He can ride his bike safely when there, play on the swings etc, or find another child to kick a football with. There is a little cafe if refreshments are needed, and lots of organised activities for children in the school holidays. I particularly like all the native woodland and big trees that have been preserved so close to the city.
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