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Information for Lincoln



Lincoln. (Lindum Colonia)


The Celtic name Lindu was subsequently Latinized to Lindum and given the title Colonia when it was converted into a settlement for army veterans.


The Romans conquered this part of Britain in AD 48 and shortly afterwards built a legionary fortress high on a hill overlooking the natural lake formed by the widening of the River Witham (the modern day Brayford Pool - Iron Age wooden dwellings were built by what is now known as Brayford Pool. These have been the earliest signs of settlement in the area so far. It's now a fashionable place to be) and at the northern end of the Fosse Way Roman road (A46). The Fosse Way was a Roman road in England that linked Exeter to Lincoln, via Ilchester, Bath, Cirencester and Leicester.


Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe, which towers above Lincoln, a prominent landmark for miles around. The story of the people and the place is preserved in the Library with its valuable collection of historic books and manuscripts. It is responsible for one of the extant copies of the Magna Carta as well as the Lincoln Chapter Bible (c1100) and has a school book from 1410 with the first recorded rhyme about Robin Hood.

Remigius, a Benedictine monk and supporter of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was the first Norman Bishop of the largest diocese in medieval England, extending from the Humber to the Thames.
In 1141, or possibly earlier, the Cathedral was damaged by fire. Alexander 'the Magnificent' (Bishop of Lincoln, 1123-48) partially rebuilt the damaged Cathedral. An earthquake caused structural damage to Lincoln Cathedral in 1185. St Hugh (Bishop of Lincoln, 1186-1200) began work on reconstructing the Cathedral in 1192.


The High Street, which is now a pedestrian shopping centre, and recently regenerated Waterside and St Marks Area contain many services, stores and banks. Lincoln's High Street Quarter is also a place to grab a bite to eat at one of the city's trendy coffee bars.

Brayford Waterfront is an interesting place to stroll. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip around the area and get a great view of the city. It is known for its Mute Swans and is now used as a marina.

Lincoln Boat Trips Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Lincoln and the countryside from a different perspective aboard a 50 minute guided canal trip with a very entertaining commentary about Lincolnís past and present.
Enjoy a cruise whatever the weather with inside and outside seating, the lower deck is fully heated, or enjoy a great view from the top deck under canopy

The area is famous for the Waterfront Festival that takes place in July. The festival features shows, stalls and much more
The Brayford Waterfront quarter is home to some of the newest and more diverse places to eat and drink. You will feel at home here whatever you are looking for.


University of Lincoln

The Lincoln Book Festival 2008 will be taking place from Friday, May 9, to Sunday, May 18 - why don't you come and join us?

The Lincolnshire Show takes place in June each year. Staged by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society on the Lincolnshire Showground, the Show enjoys a reputation of being one of the finest agricultural shows in the country and attracts the support of over 2,000 trade, stock and horse exhibitors.

The Collection
Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire
Visitors to historic Lincoln can now enjoy a fabulous new, free to enter, Museum, embracing the region's premier art gallery, the Usher.
The buildings sit side by side in the centre of the city close to Steep Hill and enjoy spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.
The Collection includes a wealth of artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval eras as well as fine, decorative and contemporary visual arts.
The Collection also has a vibrant temporary exhibition programme

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life
The largest and most diverse Community Museum in the County
Our rich and varied collections reflect the culture of the people of the Lincolnshire and celebrate the County's social history from 1750 until the current day . They illustrate domestic, community and commercial life, crafts, transport , agriculture and industrial heritage. The Museum even displays an authentic WW1 tank named "FLIRT"


Windmills in Lincolnshire

Hartsholme Country Park is situated in the south-west of Lincoln, approximately 3 miles from the city centre. The site comprises Victorian landscaped gardens, a large reservoir, woodlands and grasslands. Many features, both natural and built, survive from the original landscaping of the 1860s. The gardens were designed by the renowned Victorian landscape architect, Edward Milner, who was also responsible for the design of Lincoln's Arboretum. Country Park status was granted in 1974 and has open public access. It is managed by the City of Lincoln Council to maintain the existing habitats and access routes, deliver education and interpretation and provide recreational opportunities. The site is adjacent to and shares a boundary with Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve.

Parking in Lincoln
The City of Lincoln Council operates 20 car parks throughout the City, offering 2496 car parking spaces. Parking is available in the tourist area of the city for easy access to the Cathedral, Castle and historic Lincoln, and in the City centre for motorists visiting the shops, market area and the Brayford Waterfront


Lincoln Shop Mobility operates from the Melville Street Bus Station. They provide a wheelchair / scooter hire service.
Equipment can be pre booked up to 7 days in advance, from 1 hour to all day hire.
For reservations and further information the Lincoln Shop Mobility can be contacted on 01522 514477.
For more information contact the Tourist Information Centres


Lincoln Christmas Market


Painting of Lincoln Cathedral - 'Lincoln Cathedral from Drury Lane' By Peter De Wint 1784-1849. Thanks to Lincolnshire County Council, Usher Gallery, Lincoln


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