The very first time I entered Lincoln Cathedral I remember I just stood, gazing in awesome wonder.
In time I picked up the strands of its history and how, taken with the Castle and the Medieval Bishops Palace, it forms a narrative.
I picked up the architecture and saw just how naturally the Norman sits alongside the Gothic and in its turn the Baroque of the Wren Library: more narrative.
Yet, it doesn't stop there, today some thirty men and women wonderfully skilled in their traditional crafts of masonry, joinery, lead-working and glazing are continuing the act of creation as they follow the century long cycle of maintenance of this astonishing building.
John Ruskin famously said, 'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles'
Don't just take his word for it, come and see for yourself.
Phil Hamlyn Williams - Chapter Clerk and Chief Executive
The Collection museum will remain open until 9pm for an evening of special activities as part of the national Museums at Night Festival.
'Horsing Around' at Lincoln Castle! It's medieval entertainment for all the family!
15th Century war games on horseback. Marvel at age-old riding techniques, and see our noble steeds, Boreas and Contessa, compete for victory!
The 129th Lincolnshire Show will take place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June 2013 from 8am to 6pm.
Throughout the two-day event there is plenty for everyone to see, do, take part in and eat! Agriculture remains at the heart of the Lincolnshire Show with livestock and equine competitions, machinery displays and the opportunity not only to find out where your food comes from but to taste a lot of it too!
The hugely popular 1000 Years of Traditional Crafts event is set to return to Lincoln Castle. Now in its third year the event which features a multitude of skills demonstrations has built up a strong reputation for being a fun yet educational event with something for everyone to enjoy.
Over the weekend the grounds of Lincoln Castle will be filled with craftspeople demonstrating traditional skills from blacksmithing and pole lathe to willow weaving, jewellery making and silver smithing.
As well as having the chance to see age old skills in action, members of the public will have the opportunity to try their hand by having a go at one of the short courses that will be taking place in the recently built Heritage Skills Centre in the grounds of the Castle. Younger visitors will also be entertained in the children's marquee which will provide a range of activities for them to show off their artistic side.
The European Stone Festival will be taking place in Lincoln Cathedral. This is only the second time that England has hosted the event which sees stone masons from across the continent showing off their skills with a chisel.
Held annually over the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln, the RAF Waddington International Air Show is the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 125,000 visitors. The show offers a truly unforgettable family day out as well as providing some outstanding corporate and private hospitality packages. The main purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities each year. The spectacular 7-hour flying display features the fabulous Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK and abroad. Ground displays include 2 exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, pleasure flying and much more.
A contemporary cathedral city with over 2,000 years of history, Lincoln is the perfect place to visit over the festive period. Take a trip back through time and stroll along the cobbles the cultural quarter of the city. The medieval square between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral is the perfect backdrop for the Christmas Market.
Visitors are welcomed to this beautiful city and the traditional Christmas Market, where you will enjoy cultural entertainment and stroll around over 250 stalls nestled with in the medieval square and surrounding area.
Lincoln Christmas Market has developed dramatically since it began with just 11 stalls. The Christmas Market gives visitors and residents a truly festive experience, with a traditional, high quality event for all the family.
Licensed Tapas Bar Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6pm until late
Situated 40 miles inland in an attractive agricultural county on the East coast of England, Lincoln is a city of great historic interest. Its site was occupied even before the Romans came. In AD48 and established a military garrison on part of the land where the magnificent cathedral now stands. The garrison was later given the status of a "Colonia" a chartered town and centre for retired legionary soldiers, and a settlement of great importance.
"Lindum Colonia", from which the name Lincoln is derived was one of four "coloniae" in Roman Britain. Many remains of the settlement are still visible and it is still possible to drive through the Roman North Gate (Newport Arch), built in the third century. It stands astride Ermine Street as it continues towards the Humber. Nearby is a fragment of the core of the "Colonia" wall and part of the ditch. Excavations have revealed part of the Roman East Gate and the post-holes of the earlier, first century, timber gate. The lower West Gate was uncovered a few years ago and it is still possible to actually walk through this gateway. The Romans also laid the foundations of agricultural prosperity, draining the low lying fenland and opening it up to cultivation.
After the end of the Roman occupation the Anglo-Saxons robbed and damaged many of the buildings. Later, under Danish rule, Lincoln again became a thriving city and commercial centre. Many coins minted in Lincoln at this time have been found in Scandinavia indicating a strong trade link. As one of the five "burghs" of the Danelaw the city was also a fortified centre of the Danish army.
The Normans started to build their great cathedral in 1072, when Bishop Remigius moved the seat of his Diocese to Lincoln. Work on the cathedral which is visible from all roads into the city, was completed in less than twenty years, but in 1141 the roof was destroyed in a fire and the main structure fell into ruins as the result of an earth tremor in 1185. The rebuilding was started by St. Hugh whose shrine lies in the Angel Choir at the east end of the cathedral.
However, it is still possible to see the original Norman work on the West Front surrounded by Early English arcading. The Wren Library was added in the 17th century and contains many first editions and other treasures, including one of the four remaining original copies of Magna Carta. In 1972 the City Council provided a comprehensive floodlighting scheme to mark the cathedral's 900th anniversary and the building is now floodlit on most nights of the year.
The Castle, commenced in 1068, was the Normans' military stronghold. It is unusual in that it has two mounds: one crowned by the 12th century Lucy's Tower, a polygonal stone keep, the other with Norman structures surmounted by the 19th century Observatory Tower, from which there are beautiful views of the cathedral and surrounding countryside. The 14th century Cobb Hall has two storeys divided into cells with rings in the vaults for securing the prisoners. The county gallows were moved to the roof of this building in 1817 and executions, were carried out there until 1859. The 19th century Prison Chapel is also of interest.
Lincoln has a magnificent heritage and many places of interest there are several examples of Norman domestic architecture including Jew's House on Steep Hill, one of Britain's best known 12th century houses. Next to it is Jew's Court, now a Regional Craft Centre. Farther up Steep Hill is Aaron's House. Aaron, who was formally the owner, lived in Lincoln towards the end of the 12th century and was one of the greatest figures in English "Jewry". There are many timber-framed buildings dating from the 14th century including those on the 12th century High Bridge. The Bridge is a Norman vaulted structure. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Burton Road contains objects of everyday life from Elizabethan times to the present day. The Usher Gallery on Lindum Road has fine collections including paintings of the City and area, antique watches, miniatures, porcelain and enamels, oils and water colours by Peter de Wint, who lived locally, a coin gallery, and a collection devoted to Alfred Lord Tennyson The Guildhall, with its fine open timber roof with carved bosses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, houses the Civic Insignia of the City of Lincoln, which is perhaps the finest collection outside London. The Mote Bell on the roof dates back to 1371 and is the oldest in the country. It is still rung to summon Council members to meetings. The Stonebow, the late 15th century gateway beneath the Guildhall, stands on the site of the south gate of the lower Roman enclosure.
During the Middle Ages Lincoln's prosperity was based on the wool trade. After its decline in the 14th century the City's importance declined until the 19th century when Lincoln began to develop as an industrial centre. Local products include excavators, cranes, boilers, pumping equipment, electronic components and food products.
Apart from the many places of historical interest in the city there are facilities for a wide range of activities.
Lincoln is a centre for fishermen and attracts enthusiasts from far afield. There is boating on Brayford Pool, the Fossdyke and the River Witham The city has 3 golf courses and other is in the surrounding district and these are available to visitors. The City Sports Centre and Yarborough Leisure Centre offer facilities for most sports including swimming; the Yarborough Leisure Centre has an all weather athletic track and a sauna. Lincoln is fortunate in having two large commons, also bowling greens, tennis and squash courts, riding facilities and children's playgrounds.
Hartsholme Country Park has been created out of what was once the grounds of Hartsholme Hall. There is a lake surrounded by many acres of open parkland and woodland containing a rich variety of trees and wildlife, where one may enjoy recreational andeducational pursuits in beautiful surrounds. There are opportunities for picnicking, fishing, birdwatching and a caravan and camping area.
Source the City of Lincoln Official Street Plan.
Lincoln's Bus network runs from a central bus station based on Melville Street right in the City Centre. Buses run to all City areas as well as nearby villages and Towns. The City also has a Walk & Ride Bus Service that provides a link between uphill & downhill Lincoln.
PC Coaches route PC05 goes past the end of Tennyson Street as does Stagecoach route 7,8.
In 1999 artists and craft-makers of Lincolnshire combined to put their studios and workshops 'on the map'.
Lincolnshire Open Studios, also known as 'Art on the Map' (AOTM), provides opportunities for residents and tourists in the county to see close-up the products of many high quality Lincolnshire artists and craft- makers.
It also gives visitors the opportunity to meet the members in their place of work and to view how it all comes together.
Fifteen thousand free copies of the 56 page AOTM 2012 Directory were distributed throughout Lincolnshire.
However, to see a digital version now, then please click on the image to the left.
Artist and crafts-maker who wish to apply to join AOTM need only to click the 'Sign up Today' tab in the bottom right of this page, and they will find the application form.
Enjoy free entry to the largest and most diverse community museum in Lincolnshire. Our rich and varied social history collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.
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Lincoln Cathedral is arguably the finest gothic building in Europe. On this site you will find information about its past history, its present activities and our hopes for its future.
I hope you will come and visit Lincoln Cathedral to discover its wonders for yourself and receive a blessing.
The Very Reverend Philip Buckler - Dean
St Marys Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 7EW
Lincoln Drill Hall was built in 1890 on the site of Henry Newsum's Steam Saw Mill. It was paid for by city industrialist Joseph Ruston who presented the building by Deed of Gift to the Mayor of Lincoln. It was opened on 24 May 1890 by The Right Honorary Edward Stanhope, Secretary of State for War and Member of Parliament for Horncastle.
For most of the first part of the 20th Century it was used as a military and police training hall, but was also available for entertainment and was used by Mr Ruston's employees for regular dances. After the Second World War all kinds of events began to be staged in the Drill Hall from wrestling, to bingo, to live bands. The Rolling Stones played here on 31 December 1963, prior to their appearance on the very first Top of the Pops the next day!
By the late 1990s, the building had begun to fall into a state of disrepair and it was closed in 1999 due to the electrical systems being unsafe.
Five years and a £2.6m refurbishment later the building was effectively 'turned round' and re-opened in 2004 as Lincoln Drill Hall, an arts and community venue, with a fully equipped flexible auditorium, a cafe bar and two smaller rooms all available for hire. The venue was run by City of Lincoln Council until September 2010 from when the management of the venue was handed over to Lincoln Arts Trust Ltd, an independent registered charity.
Lincoln Drill Hall now presents an all year round programme of jazz, theatre, literature, comedy, blues, dance, rock & pop, classical music, children's events and workshops and also hosts a huge number of meetings & conferences.
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is a modern theatre in the city centre, with a great range of shows and a friendly cafe bar. We are walking distance from High Street shopping and the restaurants on the Brayford Pool waterfront, you will also find plenty of parking nearby.
Discover a world of rich history during your visit to Lincoln Castle, nestling in the heart of historic Lincoln.
The castle hosts an exciting events programme and offers free guided tours. These provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its castle.
The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world!
The Collection replaces the original City and County Museum in Lincoln, which had been open since 1906 and encompasses the Usher Gallery next door.
Located in the centre of the city, the new institution has been purposefully built to fit in with its historic surroundings. As such it is faced in Lincolnshire limestone and the roof has been made to look like lead so as to complement the roof of Lincoln Cathedral nearby.
Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops' palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. The administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, stretching from the Humber to the Thames, its architecture reflected enormous power and wealth.
Explore the site as part of a day out in Lincoln with our audio tour to see the undercrofted East Hall; and the chapel range and entrance tower built by Bishop William Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s.
Relax and enjoy the unique contemporary Heritage Garden, a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Lincoln Cathedral Quarter contains one of the greatest concentrations of independent retailers in the East Midlands and is home to an abundance of specialist retail, art, craft and gift shops and a range of elegant restaurants and bars. All these are clustered within a truly magical setting, some enjoy the benefits of the magnificent backdrop of Lincoln Castle or Lincoln Cathedral, others are a stone's throw away from Romain remains, and many are fronted by ancient cobbled street.
Brayford Waterfront is an inland marina at the heart of Lincoln, dominated on the South Bank by the new University of Lincoln campus and on the North Bank by a new state of the art multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants.
With Lincoln nearly forty miles away from its nearest large neighbour, it's easy to see why the city has become a shopping centre of such size and variety. Lincoln is one of the country's top 50 retail destinations and one of the most important shopping centres in the East Midlands.
We Are Coffee Fanatics Established in 2005 by Richard Teasdale, Coffee Aroma offers barista-championship standard coffee in Lincoln. Hosting the widest selection of single origin coffee, we offer only the highest quality products and our award-winning experience is demonstrated through the staff that we train.
Contributing as a valued member of the world coffee community, we are proud to have worked with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.
We hope you can see and taste the reason why we have been voted one of the top 10 coffee shops in the UK, by The Guardian newspaper.
Come and visit us to find a coffee that best suits you, we love to share good coffee.
Guildhall Street, Lincoln
Relaxed and chilled out. A great place for fresh pasta, paninni, salads, great coffee, wine, beer, home made tira-mi-su, fast service, outside garden area.
9 West Parade, Lincoln
Open all day Monday to Saturday, late night opening Thursday and Friday
'The philosophy on which the very first pizza restaurant was based still holds true today. It's about high quality produce and authentic food, served in stylish surroundings at value for money prices.'
High Street, Lincoln. 10 min walk.
Friendly staff, (no need to book most of the time). Good reliable pizza and pasta. Children welcome.
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Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the beautiful and historic city of Lincoln, with food from award winning Chef Gavin Aitkenhead and exceptional service from Samantha Tomkins and her team, The Jews House Restaurant offers the finest food served by the friendliest staff in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Here at the Jews' House our aim is quite simple: To give you an experience you remember for its remarkable flavours and polished, attentive service.
15 The Strait, Lincoln
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday
The Wig and Mitre chefs work hard to bring the freshest ingredients and seasonal fare to the table. Special menus are changed regularly. Come in and see our black boards for the best selection Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire has to offer.
32 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU
Tel: 01522 535190
08:00 - 23:00 everyday
Browns Restaurant & Pie Shop is a a family run business, good quality local produced is sourced and used in our dishes we present, as well as the skills of local staff we employ.
Browns is for relaxing with good food, a good selection of wines; you should look no further; a romantic meal for two, dinner with friends, or Sunday lunch with the family, Browns has something to offer every taste.
33 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LU
Tel: 01522 527330
Cafe Zoot Chefs have worked hard on designing a menu with the classic dishes our customers love as well as offering an exciting A'la Carte menu with dishes to get your taste buds going! We always use fresh quality produce and our dishes our homemade and cooked to order.
5 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AE
Tel: 01522 536663
When we opened the first Carluccio's cafe our aim was to provide great quality, authentic Italian food at sensible prices. We also wanted to allow informal but excellent service to our customers. The aims remain the same today.
High Street, Lincoln, LN2 1AT
01522 519 144
We're a Continental Style Beer Bar located on the historic Strait at the bottom of Steep Hill in Lincoln. A Belgian Beer Bar with a historical English twist. We've around 150 different beers to choose from all over the world, cocktails made with premium spirits, comprehensive wine list, 5 hand pulled ales and champagnes and prosecco.
31 Strait, Lincoln, LN2 1JD
It's a real pub. A place where those who love good, hearty food, real ales and excellent wines can go to properly enjoy them. It's a local pub, using fresh ingredients from the surrounding area and drinks from Lincolnshire breweries. It's a pub for the mature students, the young professionals and the CEOs alike. It's a simple, honest and welcoming pub, with a cosy interior and friendly staff who know their stuff. It's not an austere, plain bar selling mass-produced lager. Nor is it a dark and dingy boozer with token nibbles. It's everything that we think a pub should be.
Carholme Rd, Lincoln, LN1 1RH
Tel: 01522 548866
Set in a 19th century cobbled courtyard, Tennyson Court was a Victorian racecourse stable. Old beams wood floors define the classic charm of old England. The building has been elegantly converted, while retaining all the character of the 19th century.
When Tennyson Court was a racing stable, King George V visited one of his racing horses which was stabled here during a race meet at the Point to Point on Lincoln Common.
The buildings have had various uses over the years until Tennyson Court was established in 1995, as three self catering cottages, since then Tennyson Court has grown to four cottages with the addition of the luxury Tennyson Retreat in 2009. In recent years a major refit has seen the upgrading of the original three cottages with many improvements such as new wet rooms.
47 Carholme Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 1RN
11 Corporation St, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1HL
Tennyson Court self catering, serviced apartments, bed and breakfast B&B and guest house in Lincoln Lincolnshire UK.