A city like no other, with much to see and do, Lincoln is fantastic destination for a city break. Steeped in both history and culture, Lincoln offers unique boutique shopping and no shortage of wonderful places to eat, drink and stay.
The county town of Lincolnshire, one of the UK’s largest counties, Lincoln is also a cathedral city with a long and varied story. Part of the East Midlands, Lincolnshire sits on the East coast of England, to the north of Norfolk and the south of Yorkshire. As an area, it is found between the two large estuaries known as the Humber and the Wash.
Despite its location, access to the city is easier than you may think. Improvements to both the A1 and A46 make the journey by road quicker now than ever before. There are also train services into the city, and three airports within a 50 mile radius, providing not just local, but also international travel opportunities.
The first known settlement in Lincoln, dating back as far as the first century BC, was located in the area now known as Brayford Waterfront. The Brayford Pool is an interesting feature and natural lake formed on the River Witham, giving the place its original name Lindon.
In Celtic, “Lindo” translates as “The Pool”, and is similar to the Gaelic word for “Black Pool”. Brayford Pool was widened for use as a port by the Romans, in process creating the small formation of Brayford Island, which has led local historians to theorise about a buried shipping vessel with possible treasure hidden underneath.
Ancient timber houses and pottery have been found at the east of the pool. In fact the famous Witham Shield, belonging to a local tribe’s chief, was found in the River Witham heading east from the Brayford area. Dating from roughly 300BC, it is a significant archaeological find that is now housed in the British Museum. Over the years, Vikings, Saxons, Normans have also made Lincoln their home.
During the English Civil War, Lincoln was on the forefront of battle between Cavalier and Roundhead forces, changing hands several times in the process. As a result, many of the city’s older buildings were badly damaged. At the end of the war, Lincoln had no major industry and no easy access to the sea. While the rest of the country experienced boom times in the 18th century due to the beginning of industrialisation, Lincoln by contrast suffered. Travellers at the time commented on the sad state that Lincoln faced, essentially becoming a one-street town.
In significantly changing fortunes, Lincoln is now an ideal destination for a city break: offering an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping, great arts and culture.
During the 20th century, Lincoln became known as a centre for the aviation industry with 1 out of every 14 WWI aircraft being produced in the city. Later, due to the twin RAF bases of Scampton to the north and Waddington to the south, Lincolnshire became known as Bomber County due to the ease of launching air raids from the flat countryside.
Moving into the 21st century, Lincoln has become home to one of the UK’s fastest growing universities. In addition to this, much manufacturing for the engineering industry still happens in the city itself and surrounding areas.
Waterside Shopping Centre, situated in the heart of Lincoln, offers a great range of shops including top name retail brands and health and beauty stores. St Marks is an open air shopping centre at the south end of Lincoln’s High Street, which is more home to fashion and homeware, gifts and toys. Sincil Street is a more traditional shopping area close to the Central Market, Lincoln’s only indoor market.
The city is surrounded by a broad vista of beautiful countryside with plenty of walks and cycle routes snaking through the fields, villages and by-ways. In the area surrounding Lincoln, you can find quaint market towns, beautiful scenery, and aviation history.