The Celtic name
Lindu was subsequently Latinized to Lindum and given the title
Colonia when it was converted into a settlement for army veterans.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Lincoln Cathedral - 'Lincoln Cathedral from Drury Lane' By Peter De
Wint 1784-1849. Thanks to Lincolnshire County Council, Usher