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Lincoln Days Inn
Lincoln Days Inn - dream vacation

945 Speedway Industrial DriveLincoln

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The English county town of Lincoln, Lincolnshire is a cathedral city nestled between two portions of the Lincoln Edge - a steep escarpment that dominates the mostly flat county. Most famous for its cathedral and castle, housed within a Roman–medieval street plan.

The oldest section of the city, in which the cathedral and castle reside, sit at the top of Steep Hill. From the bottom of the hill a pedestrianised shopping street leads to the more modern (and trendy) portions of the city - Brayford Pool and the university.


  • 1 Lincoln Castle Square Tourist Information Centre, 9 Castle Hill, ☏ +44 1522 545458. (updated Nov 2015)

Get in

By road

Lincoln sits on the A46 between Newark, Nottinghamshire, and Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and at the southern end of the A15. Lincoln is surrounded by minor roads and Lincolnshire itself has no motorways. The central area of Lincoln consists of narrow one-way roads and pedestrianised areas so driving is not recommended. The St. Marks shopping centre has ample parking, and there is a multi-storey car park in the centre of town, near the University and Brayford Pool.

A seasonal Christmas Market Park and Ride service is available and the easiest way to get to the Market.National Park and Ride Directory [1]

By rail

1 Lincoln Central station is served by direct trains from Leicester, Nottingham, Newark, Peterborough, Sheffield and Grimsby. There is also an infrequent direct service to Doncaster.
Links to London are mainly by connection at Newark North Gate station, on the East Coast Main Line, with regular, fast trains to London King's Cross. There is a two-hourly service to London King's Cross, and one daily to London St Pancras (via Nottingham and Leicester). Rail service is reduced on Sundays.
Trains are mostly operated by East Midlands Trains, with the Sheffield route operated by Northern Rail and the direct London King's Cross trains operated by East Coast.
Generally, rail journeys are fairly punctual, if sometimes a bit uncomfortable. Services from Peterborough and Grimsby, and some services from Nottingham and Sheffield, to Lincoln may be only a single carriage and may be very crowded for at least part of the journey.

By air

Lincoln is close to three airports.

  • 2 Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA IATA) in Yorkshire - A direct train from Doncaster to Lincoln is available.
  • 3 Humberside Airport (HUY IATA), North Lincolnshire - The airport is located near Barnetby village with a train station running direct trains to Lincoln Central Station
  • 4 East Midlands Airport (EMA IATA) in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.

Get around

The easiest way to get around central Lincoln is on foot. The city is small and compact with services and attractions within a few minutes walk of each other. One can walk from the easternmost end of Lincoln to the western end at a very leisurely pace in around one hour.

Cars can be hired from two locations - Enterprise, located on the Outer Circle Road, and Hertz, found behind the Holiday Inn hotel (on Brayford Wharf). However, driving around the city itself is in-advised. Lincoln employs a complex one-way system that will quickly confuse tourists (and even some locals).

The main High Street is only a minute's walk away from the railway and bus stations.

Public transport is as expected in a reasonable sized city. There are regular bus services; however, these are generally for journeys from the south of Lincoln and North Hykeham to the North of Lincoln rather than for short hops within the centre.

Minicabs are widely available. Prices are charged on a zone system and all of the firms are regulated by Lincoln City Council; you are well advised to avoid unlicensed companies - soliciting passengers for these cabs is illegal, and in the event of an accident they often have no insurance.


  • 1 Lincoln Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln), Minster Yard, ☏ +44 1522 561600, visitors@lincolncathedral.com. Jul-Aug M-F 7:15am-8pm, Sa-Su 7:15am-6pm; Sep-Jun M-Sa 7:15am-6pm, Su 7:15am-5pm; Medieval and Wren Libraries: Apr-Jun M-F 1pm–3pm, Sa 11am–3pm; Jul-Aug Mon-Sat 11am–3pm; Sept-Oct M-F 1pm–3pm, Sa 11am–3pm. One of the finest and best situated Gothic buildings in Europe, now also famous as the location used to double as Westminster Abbey in The Da Vinci Code movie. When completed in the 14th century it took the title of the world's tallest building (from the Cheops Pyramid) and remained as such until its wooden spire collapsed following a storm in 1549. The roof tours are recommended. Architecturally, the cathedral has some of the earliest flying buttresses, and a gargoyle named the Lincoln Imp, with which several legends are associated. Adult £8.00. (updated Nov 2015)
  • 2 Bailgate. Roman remains are scattered around the cathedral quarter, for example behind the cathedral are the excavated remains of the Roman east gate, and on the north side of the castle at the junction of Westgate and Bailgate are the excavated remains of a Roman well amid the walls. Walking along Bailgate, notice the circles of old stones in the modern road surface - these are the original foundations of Roman pillars which lined this route, Ermine Street which stretches from London to York. (updated Nov 2015)
  • 3 Lincoln Castle, Castle Square. Apr-Sep 10AM–5PM (grounds close 5:30PM); Oct-Mar 10AM–4PM (grounds close 4:30PM). It was established in the Norman period, when the city of Lincoln ranked 3rd in the realm for prosperity and importance. Building started by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times. Contains an original copy of The Magna Carta. It is home to families of ducks during the breeding season, despite having no lake or pond. Also a working Crown Court and a Victorian Prison museum. Has fabulous views from the walls and observatory tower over the city and beyond. Visitors can stand on the tower where the city's hangings took place, or descend by a ladder into the dungeon where prisoners waited, and see the manacles still on the walls. Gruesome. Adult £12 (castle all-inclusive ticket). (updated Nov 2015)
  • 4 Steep Hill. is the medieval lane which connects the modern town centre with the cathedral quarter atop the hill. This cobbled street is a delight of old buildings, many of which contain the more interesting shops in the city, and including the Jew's House, a twelfth-century building associated with Lincoln's thriving Jewish community in medieval times. The street's name is accurate and after a handrail-assisted ascent you reach the Magna Carta pub which stands between the castle and the cathedral. Continue for a few yards if you can be tempted by an interesting ice-cream parlour: their downstairs cafe has you sitting by a tenth-century arch under a vaulted stone ceiling. (updated Nov 2015)
  • 5 Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road (5 minutes walk from the West gate of Lincoln Castle and Cathedral), ☏ +44 1522 782040, lincolnshirelife_museum@lincolnshire.gov.uk. Apr-Sep: daily 10AM-4PM; Oct-Mar: M-Sa 10AM-4PM. A rural history museum situated in a Victorian military barracks building. Free. (updated Nov 2015)
  • 6 Ellis Mill, Mill Road. Apr-Sep: Sa-Su 2-5PM; Oct-Mar: Sa 1PM-dusk. A preserved windmill built in 1798, the last remaining example of the nine mills along the Lincoln Edge which milled flour for the city. It is now surrounded by houses, but still operates on a volunteer basis and visitors are welcomed and given tours. Free. 
  • 7 The Lawn. a former psychiatric hospital, is now a visitor attraction which (as well as housing a conference centre) will be mainly of interest for the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, a free-to-enter hothouse with exhibits that Banks brought back from his travels with Captain Cook. (updated Nov 2015)
  • 8 Medieval Bishops Palace, Minster Yard, LN2 1PU, ☏ +44 1522 527468. Adults £4.60, children £2.80, concessions £4.10.  
  • 9 The Brayford Mere (Brayford Waterfront). The oldest harbour in England. (updated Nov 2015)
  • RAF Scampton Museum. North Lincoln is famously the home of the 617 Squadron who went on to be known as the 'Dambusters' as a result of their exploits during the Second World War. It is also the present home of the famous RAF display team - the Red Arrows. There are over 400 aviation artefacts located in an original WWII hangar as well as a wartime photo gallery. Entry to the museum is free, though due to its location on an operational RAF base, visits must be pre-arranged with the Museum Curator which can be done via the website or by phone 
  • Museum of RAF Firefighting, Scampton. 
  • Mrs Smith's Cottage, Navenby. It is a well-preserved example of a simple brick-built Victorian Lincolnshire Cottage located in the village of Navenby near Lincoln. It was owned by Mrs Smith who lived there until she was 102 and is special because she never allowed modern innovations except water and electricity to come into the cottage, instead using period washing and cleaning methods, whilst also maintaining traditional furniture. The cottage offers visitors a unique insight into how life was in a bygone area. Open mostly Friday-Sunday from March to September, Wednesday-Sunday in August and only Sunday in October and November. 


  • Lincoln Boat Trips. Every day from Easter to end of Sep. Sailing times 11AM, 12:15PM, 1:30PM, 2:45PM, 3:45PM. Canal trips for 50-60 minutes on the River Witham and Fossdyke Navigation, a Roman-built canal which links the Witham with the River Trent. The vessel Brayford Belle operates from Brayford Pool opposite the Odeon cinema. Adults £6. Alternatively, you may hire a small, slow motor boat for £20 an hour. 
  • Cathedral City Cruises also offers boat trips from near the same location.
  • Lincoln Christmas Market. Styled on German Christmas Markets, the event takes place around the first weekend in December and lasts about 4 days. Market stalls occupy all the roads around the castle and cathedral areas. There are also funfair rides. A real Christmas extravaganza and definitely worth a visit, but can be very busy. Arrive early if travelling by car.
  • Theatre Royal Lincoln is just off the high street, on Clasketgate.
  • Watch football (i.e. soccer) at Lincoln City FC. They were promoted in 2019 and now play in League One, the third tier of English football. The stadium is at Sincil Bank, half a mile south of the railway station.
  • Skydive: the Target Skysports centre near here is one of the biggest and best equipped in the UK. It lies 25 km north at Hibaldstow DN20 9NN, just off the A15. The usual approach for a beginner is a “tandem” – strapped to an instructor, so minimum training and fitness are needed, but you do need decent weather. Email info@skydive.co.uk or call 0113 250 5600. There's another big centre further south, at Langar: see Newark entry.


There are plenty of standard chain shops on the high street, just about everything one could want. These range from bigger chains such as HMV, to smaller chains such as Lush cosmetics, and even more local shops. Various streets run off the high street, containing more shops. There is also the Waterside shopping centre on the high street. If you venture further up to Steep Hill and the Bailgate area beyond, you will find more local and traditional shops, such as sweet shops and knick knack shops. All of the major banks are also in the town centre.


  • The Cheese Society Cafe, 1 St Martins Lane (just off the top of the High Street, near the bottom of the Strait), ☏ +44 1522 511003. M-Sa 10AM-4:30PM. A highly individual established cafe & cheese shop specialising in cheesy dishes, such as double baked souffles and baked Camembert. Also has non-cheese options. Uses many local producers. The food is freshly cooked and presented to a high standard. Light and airy, bistro style, with pretty slick service. Can get busy, as it seats 24, but well worth waiting for a table. Food is served until 4PM. Not suitable for under 10s. Licensed. Reasonably priced. 
  • Some Chinese restaurants are Yo Yo's, opposite Debenhams, and The Laughing Budda in the town centre. For an Italian experience, try Pomodoro which is just off the high street (near Subway) or Romans which is close to the Lincoln Castle.
  • Chimichanga's, Brayford Waterfront. This restaurant has received great reviews of its food. Service is considered to be mediocre, but due to its staff being new to the business, it can be expected that service will improve. Chimichanga's specialises in Mexican-style food and is relatively expensive, but food is considered to be of very high quality.
  • Nando's, Brayford Waterfront. A chain restaurant specialising in Portuguese peri-peri chicken dishes, all of which are offered in a variety of spice strengths (lemon & herb, mango & lime, medium, hot, extra hot). Its service is very good and very prompt. Beware of the extra-hot serving! Prices are fairly cheap considering the size of portions you receive. There is no service charge and babies and children are very welcome.
  • The Nosey Parker, Tritton Road (at the junction with Dixon Street). This is a pub that serves a pub lunch. Portions are fairly generous and you can expect to pay about £5-10 for a meal although there are a number of special offers where you can receive 2 meals for £10. Their steak is fantastic and quite generous. Be prepared for a very long wait for food, though.
  • Pizza Express, High Street (at the corner with Grantham Street, in the upper half of the pedestrianised High Street). Don't let the name fool you! It doesn't serve pizza fast. It serves, what some would say, the best pizza in all of Lincoln, but expect to pay somewhat higher prices!
  • Planet Masala, Wigford Way, (5 minutes from the High Street). Indian restaurant. The general standard of food is fairly good, but service is very slow. Expect to wait up to a half hour for a meal! This will be the same even if you are the only customers in the restaurant. Various reasons have been offered to answer this, one of which included that "meals were cooked to order" though this is unlikely! Drinks come in a very small glass but are refillable, though don't be surprised if you had to refill your drinks half a dozen times during the course of a meal. Prices are fairly low, but a full meal could be expensive. Dishes generally cost £5-8 each.
  • Pyewipe Inn - Out along the canal. Good food.
  • 1 The Lakeside Restaurant, Branston Hall Hotel, Branston, Lincoln England LN4 1PD, UK, ☏ +44 1522 793305. 7:30AM until late. Booking essential. Use of mobile phones not permitted. Children under 12 not permitted in the evening. From £25. 
  • Stamford Cheese Cellar, 17 St. Mary's Street, ☏ +44 1780 489269. 9AM-5PM. The Stamford Cheese Cellar are artisan cheese suppliers, selling a diversity of cheeses from blue cheeses to Cheddar cheeses and even cheeses suitable for vegetarian. It's like a cheese world showcase with cheeses from all over the UK and Europe! 


  • The Vine Inn, Newland Street West. A traditional local pub in the heart of the West End used by both local and students.
  • The Victoria, near the castle within Lincoln hosts some of the finest ales in the city and is well worth a visit. It's a throw-back to what a real pub should be with real people. Now having a mixture and varied clientèle but with excellent service and atmosphere, a superb place to go.
  • The Tower (part of a hotel) Great place to meet with friends up hill, more trendy that other bars in the area and serves mainly the aspirational and upcoming crowd.

There are plenty of bars in Lincoln, most of which are on the high street or the waterfront. The main nightclub in Lincoln is the Engine Shed. It is the biggest music venue in the area, and so far has played host to bands such as The Zutons, Stereophonics, Kasabian & Feeder. It is open to both students and locals, although it is students only on Wednesday and Saturday. Other clubs are:

  • Ritzy's - Featuring three floors playing different music. Very expensive on weekends. Student only night on Wednesday.
  • Sugarcubes - The only rock club in Lincoln (after the closure of Martha's and Po Na Na), cheap drinks and equally cheap decor.
  • Scy - Good variety of music, with rock and R'n'B nights. Two floors, although very small and not particularly cheap.


  • Castle Hotel, Westgate, Lincoln LN1 3AS, ☏ +44 1522 538801. Grand little hotel between cathedral and castle, good dining. No dogs. B&B double £100. (updated Aug 2020)
  • 1 Branston Hall Hotel, Branston, Lincoln LN4 1PD, ☏ +44 1522 793305. Check-in: Any time, check-out: noon. Country house hotel in parkland with its own lake. From £79.50. 
  • Gables Guest House, 546 Newark Road Lincoln LN6 9NG, ☏ +44 1522 829102. Single £40. 
  • 2 Bridleway B&B, Riseholme Gorse, Hall Lane, Lincoln LN2 2LY (off A15 four miles north of city), ☏ +44 1522 545693. Smart countryside B&B with four rooms in converted farm buildings. Open Jan-Nov, no children under 15 or dogs. B&B double £100. (updated Aug 2020)
  • Holiday Inn Express Lincoln City Centre, Ruston Way, Brayford Park, Lincoln, ☏ +44 1522 504200. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Opened in 2008, featuring 118 bedrooms, bar, evening meals (midweek) and a coffee lounge with free WiFi. From £55. 
  • Holiday Inn Lincoln, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. From £49. 
  • The Poplars Bed and Breakfast, Beaumont fee, ☏ +44 7828971416. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. Great little B&B, a twin room for £20 each or double en-suite with French beds and wide-screen Tv for £25 per person. Martin and Heike (the owners) make you feel welcome without being too in your face. £40. 
  • South Park Guesthouse, 11 South Park, ☏ +44 1522 887136. Check-in: any time, check-out: 10AM. Single £30. 
  • Bainland Holiday Park, Woodhall Spa (18 miles south east of Lincoln). It is Lincolnshire's only five star rated park, offering accommodation in lodges and chalets. The site has sports facilities, entertainment, places to eat and a golf course. Also open to tourers. 

Go next

  • North of Lincoln the A15 (aka the Roman road Ermine Street) leads to the Humber Bridge and to East Yorkshire.
  • West of Lincoln beyond the vale of the River Trent lies Sherwood Forest.

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