Green Guide Lincoln

In the heart of Lincolnshire lies the county capital of Lincoln. Surrounded by rolling green fields, the city embraces the rich history upon which it is built.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit Lincoln.

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Eco-friendly places to stay in Lincoln

From luxury hotels that locally source food, drink, and so much more to minimise carbon footprint, to lodges that take ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to a completely new level, combining Victorian luxury with twenty-first century comfort. Lincoln has it all if youre looking for luxury sustainable living. 

Lincoln Places to stay

Duke William Hotel

BEST FOR: A couple’s getaway

ADDRESS: 40-44 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AP


Located in the centre of Lincoln and within easy walking distance of the city’s main attractions, the Duke William Hotel is a beautiful historic building with a forward-thinking approach to the environment.

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The Lincoln Hotel

BEST FOR: Accommodation in the heart of Lincoln

ADDRESS: Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN


The Lincoln Hotels’ beautiful rooms and gorgeous views of the Cathedral, staying here is a no-brainer, especially when you throw in a locally sourced restaurant menu that gives you a taste of Lincoln to go along with the sights.

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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.

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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.

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Conscious places to eat in Lincoln

Maybe you're craving something super sweet to brighten your day, or in need of a hearty vegan meal (lifelong committer or eco-friendly dieter, we won't judge!), these places are doing their bit for the environment. 

Lincoln Places to eat

Bailgate Deli

BEST FOR: Brunch and lunch dates

ADDRESS: 4 Gordon Road, Lincoln LN1 3AJ


Grab yourself a sustainable vegetarian or vegan lunch from Bailgate Deli in the heart of Lincoln city centre.

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Bells Tea Shop

BEST FOR: A warm welcome with tea and cake

ADDRESS: 38-39 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU


This family-run tea shop is a short walk from the station and only five minutes from the cathedral, putting it in the perfect spot to stop in for afternoon tea after a day of seeing the sights.

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Cafe Shanti

BEST FOR: Travellers missing being abroad

ADDRESS: 6 Clasketgate, Lincoln LN2 1JS


Be whisked away to Nepal, without having to leave the country, at this vegan and vegetarian café. It’s located only a short walk from the station and is close to everywhere else, so there’s no need to go too far out of your way to find an environmentally friendly lunch or dinner.

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Cosy Club

BEST FOR: A fun night out

ADDRESS: Unit 4 Corn Exchange Building, Sincil Street, Cornhill Quarter, Lincoln LN5 7HE


Cosy Club Lincoln can be found in the restored Corn Exchange building in the newly rejuvenated CornHill Quarter. Only two minutes from the station and a short walk from everywhere else, it’s the perfect place to grab dinner while avoiding unnecessary car trips. Their menu includes vegetarian and vegan options to be enjoyed in Cosy Club’s fantastically quirky interior.

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Damon's Hotel and Restaurant

BEST FOR: locally sourced but internationally inspired

ADDRESS: 999 Doddington Rd, Lincoln LN6 3SE


Damon’s Restaurant and hotel is an American-style eatery in Lincoln. The restaurant actually has sister branches in the USA, but prides itself on sourcing food locally.

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BEST FOR: Sweet tooth

ADDRESS: 8 Cornhill, Lincoln LN5 7HE


A favourite of the LNER crew who stop off at Lincoln, Doughnotts’ sweet treats are enough for a full meal! Doughnotts have recently gone digital with their loyalty card in an effort to reduce their paper and plastic trail.

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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.

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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.

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Sustainable things to do in Lincoln

Buzzing with history and culture, support the local whiskey shop, hire a bike and tour the city, or even visit a centuries old castle that will take you back to the home of the 1215 Magna Carta. 

Lincoln things to do

Curious About Lincoln

BEST FOR: The independent traveller and for those who want to take life at their own pace


Curious About has created a self-guided tour around Lincoln for a low-carbon way to learn all about the city. These two walks start and end in the city centre, within easy reach of the station and everything else Lincoln has to offer. You can purchase a physical copy of the walk and activities, or if you want to be extra eco-friendly, save on paper by downloading the booklet straight to your mobile device.

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Lincoln Farmers' Market

BEST FOR: Local produce

ADDRESS: Castle Square


If you love eating locally, make sure to check out Lincoln’s monthly farmers’ market. Surrounded by the historic buildings of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, and overlooked by the eponymous cathedral itself, it’s the perfect place to support local businesses and producers and cut down on food miles.

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Lincoln Arboretum

BEST FOR: Families, dog lovers

ADDRESS: 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.

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International Bomber Command Centre

BEST FOR: History buffs

ADDRESS: Canwick Avenue, 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.

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BEST FOR: Wildlife lovers

ADDRESS: Lincoln


Visitors to Lincoln often enjoy a walk on the River Witham, which is the perfect way to escape the bustling town centre.

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Lincoln Castle

BEST FOR: History seekers

ADDRESS: 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.

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Travelling by train is the most eco-friendly mode of motorised transport, particularly our world-class Azuma trains which run under electric power on much of our network. If over the next year each of us substituted just half of our planned leisure car and plane journeys within the UK with train, we’d reduce our carbon emissions by a staggering 331 kgs.

This LNER Green Guide will provide a unique reference to staying sustainably when you visit Inverness, Harrogate or Lincoln, with tips shared from LNER colleagues, locals and tourism organisations. We hope that you enjoy your journey.

Please don’t forget to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @LNER and #GreenGuide so that everyone can see where and what you’ve been enjoying!

David Horne, LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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