For other places with the same name, see Lincoln (disambiguation).
Lincoln Castle Square

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.


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

By rail

Lincoln 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 which is on the East Coast Main Line and has regular, fast trains to London King's Cross. There is one direct train a day to London King's Cross and one to London St Pancras (via Nottingham and Leicester). There is only a limited rail service to & from Lincoln 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 train 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 located close to three airports.

Get around

12th-century Jew's House

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.

Frontage of Jews' Court on Steep Hill.

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.


Newport Arch, a 3rd-century Roman gate
A view up Steep Hill towards the historic quarter of Bailgate.


Waterside Empowerment 2002 sculpture


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.


16th-century High Bridge

Most major fast food chains are available in and around the town centre.

Most bars also have food menus.


Iconic view of Lincoln Cathedral

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 which was finished in September 2006. 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:


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