Trains to Lincoln

Brimming with history and heritage, Lincoln is one of England’s finest cities.

From the tip of the Cathedral to the depths of the Roman waterways, Lincoln is full of fascinating stories just waiting to be discovered. Packed with things to see and do, Lincoln is a destination that everyone can enjoy.

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Things to do in Lincoln

Lincoln’s got more going on than just sausages. Clamber up Steep Hill, breathe in the historic, Hollywood-starring cathedral, or fall in love with the quirky shops. Be inspired by our pick of the sights, shops and grub.

With award-winning attractions, great shopping and a wealth of places to eat and drink, you'll have plenty of things to do in Lincoln.

International Bomber Command Centre

Cost: Adult tickets start online at £8.75, children under 5 can enter for free

Location: Canwick Ave, Lincoln LN4 2HQ

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) includes three interactive exhibition galleries and a range of events offering a hands-on approach to learn about the history of Bomber Command and it’s role in WWII.

Lincoln Castle

Cost: Adult tickets start at £16.00, children under 5 enter for free

Location: Lincoln Castle, Castle Square, Lincoln LN1 3AA

Home to an original 1215 Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle is at the top of Steep Hill and is a popular attraction. The castle is filled with local history and visitors can see the old courtrooms and prison cells. The shop stocks local produce and historical souvenirs.

Lincoln Arboretum

Cost: Free 

Location: 16 Lindum Terrace, Lincoln LN2 5RT

This Grade II listed park is the perfect place for a picnic and some fresh air, and it has a play park for the kids. Be sure to keep an eye on its event calendar available on the Lincoln Council website.

Lincoln Cathedral

Cost: Adults £11.00 and children up to 16 free

Location: Minster Yard, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1PX

First built in 1072, Lincoln Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings. There is something for everyone to see at Lincoln Cathedral and children love seeking out the funny carvings - in particular the famous Lincoln Imp!


Hartsholme Country Park

Cost: Free

Location: The Visitor Centre, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 0EY

Covering more than 200 acres, Hartsholme Country Park is a stunning open space to the south of the city. Visitors can enjoy walks through the ornamental grounds, alongside lots of wildlife watching.


Lincoln Guildhall

Cost: Free

Location: Saltergate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 1DH

An early 16th-century town building which forms an archway over the main High Street. Home to City Council meetings and the heritage of Lincoln's local politics.

Budget Friendly Things to do in Lincoln

There are plenty of budget-friendly and free things to do in Lincoln. Unpack facinating histories in Lincoln's museums, or take a stroll through one of the numerous parks, all without breaking the bank. 

You'll be able to make the most of your visit and experience all Lincoln has to offer with many free and budget friendly acitivies.

Liquorice Park

Cost: Free

Location: LN1 1HS with pedestrian entrances on Yarborough Road, Carline Road and Alexandra Terrace.

Located in Lincoln's West End, Liquorice Park is a beautiful natural space in the heart of the city. The park has a wonderful volunteer community dedicated to maintaining and caring for the space, its the pefect location to enjoy some sunshine, go birdwatching or take a relaxing walk through the orchard. 

Temple Gardens

Cost: Free 

Location: Lindum Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1NP

Spend the day relaxing in Lincoln's Cultural Quater on the rolling hills of Temple Gardens. Take some time to admire the sculpture art located around the park whilst also taking in views of the Cathedral.

Lincoln Free Walking Tours

Cost: Free

Location: Castle Square, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA

A variety of free guided walking tours that explore the city of Lincoln; packed with fascinating stories, beautiful architecture and hidden gems.

Lincoln Museum

Cost: Free

Location: Danes Terrace, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1LP

Award-winning archaeology museum, with interactive exhibitions, events and guided tours. Lincoln Museum offers artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval eras.

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Cost: Free 

Location: Burton Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3LY

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life’s rich and varied social history collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.


Usher Gallery

Cost: Free

Location: Danes Terrace, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1LP

Located in the heart of the city, Lincoln Museum offers a unique insight into the history and archaeology of Lincolnshire, alongside an impressive art collection and a wealth of treasures at the Usher Gallery.

The finest place to Stay in Lincoln

It takes more than a day to delve into over a thousand years of history.

We recommend staying for at least two nights to explore everything the historic city of Lincoln has to offer.

White Hart Hotel

BEST FOR: A couple’s holiday in style

ADDRESS: Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR

This elegant hotel is perfectly placed to take advantage of Lincoln’s attractions, such as the cathedral, castle and a range of locally owned shops, without having to set foot in a car.

The Old Palace Lodge

BEST FOR: A stay to remember

ADDRESS: Christ Hospital Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LY

The Old Palace Lodge is living proof that a hotel doesn’t need to be modern and new to be the epitome of style. This converted Gothic chapel takes ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to a completely new level, combining Victorian luxury with twenty-first century comfort.

Castle Hotel

BEST FOR: A historic stay

ADDRESS: Castle Hotel, Westgate, Lincoln LN1 3AS

Situated next to the Lincoln Castle, the Grade II Listed Hotel offers luxurious, home-from-home comfort in a fantastic city-centre setting.

The Best Places to Eat in Lincoln

With so much to see and do, you’ll work up a healthy appetite during your visit to Lincoln.

Thankfully the town offers an excellent range of restaurants and cafes within easy reach, all catering for a range of dietary requirements.


BEST FOR: A bit of vegan inspiration

ADDRESS: 27 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU

Stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Pimento, Lincoln’s oldest and original
specialist in vegan and vegetarian food. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan, or just dipping your toes into an eco-friendlier diet, their menu is sure to have something to entice you up Steep Hill, even if it’s just for a slice of cake and cup of tea.

Stokes Tea & Coffee

BEST FOR: Coffee enthusiasts

ADDRESS: Suite 1, The Lawn, Union Rd, Lincoln LN1 3BU

Stokes has two locations in Lincoln: High Bridge Café, and Lawn Café. Both cafés use responsibly sourced tea and coffee and have introduced a zero-waste scheme with reusable packaging, for a more sustainable delivery service.

Slow Rise

BEST FOR: Pizza lovers

ADDRESS: 8-12 St Martin's Ln, Lincoln LN2 1HY

Slow Rise is a Neopolitan style pizza resturant located in the heart of Lincoln. Embrace the authentic taste of Itlay with a traditional style pizza, or if you're wanting to lighten up your tastebuds, opt for one of their more unique flavour combinations. 

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