The UK has more than its fair share of beautiful historic cities, but Lincoln really is something special. The great news is that there are plenty of sites which are accessible to all visitors too. Here is Quingo Scooters guide to the very best of Lincoln.
Follow the footsteps of the Romans
Lincoln’s history goes all the way back to the Romans, who called the place Lindum. The Ninth Legion Hispana was based here, in a fortress built on the top of the hill. From these humble beginnings, the town grew into an important city, with many grand buildings. A great way to explore these Roman roots of Lincoln is to follow the city’s Roman Trail, which takes in the sites of the Castle Hill, the Colonnade, the city walls and the original Roman gates. Much of it is accessible, and you can follow the trail online by visiting the site here.
Be blown away by the ‘best cathedral in England’
OK, so that’s a title awarded it by thousands of Twitter users in 2017, but who are we to argue? Lincoln Cathedral is absolutely breathtaking: it was founded way back in 1072 by order of William the Conqueror and it has been damaged and rebuilt, with bits added and removed over the intervening centuries, leaving the truly spectacular building we have today. There is plenty to see inside, from spotting fossils in the Nave floor through to the endless intricacies of the stone carving in the Apprentice Wall. Much of this magnificent building is accessible, and there are ramped entrances and exits as well as ramps inside too. There are fifteen free spaces to park on the road to the south side of the buildings and a car park with one Blue Badge space on Castle Hill.
Visit the home of the Red Arrows
RAF Scampton is just a few miles outside of Lincoln and it is well worth a visit. Not only is it home to the Red Arrows display team (who generally will only be there during the winter, as they are off touring the country for the rest of the year), but also it is a fascinating tribute to the famous World War II Dambusters 617 squadron, as well as the many other aircraft and pilots who worked there during World War I. Today, there are regular exhibitions explaining the history of the site and the many aircraft that have operated from the airfield. It is largely accessible, but it is important to remember that this is actually an operational military air base, and so you will need to pre-book before you visit to discuss your requirements.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life
We love community museums like this one. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life feels like a real celebration of the people who live in and around the city and it gives you an insight into the rich history of the area. There a wide range of fascinating displays covering everything from agricultural to community life, and the museum is fully accessible too, including lift access to galleries on the first floor.
The Usher Gallery
If you are looking to enjoy some impressive art while you are staying in Lincoln, then a trip to the Usher Galley is a must. It has a regular turnover of high quality contemporary art during the year, but also a beautiful permanent collection of fine and decorative arts that is well worth taking the time to explore. It is a wonderfully peaceful place to spend time, and we’re pleased to say that all areas fully are accessible with a lift to the upper floors. There are also Blue Badge parking spaces nearby.
Enjoy some local delicacies
Lincolnshire is quite rightly famous for some incredible local food. Whether it is Lincolnshire sausages, Lincolnshire Poacher cheese or even Lincolnshire plumbread, there is a mouth watering array of delicacies for you to try. A great place to start is the Green Room restaurant at the Lincoln Hotel, close by the cathedral. The team there pride themselves on creating delicious meals from only the highest quality, locally sourced produce, and it is well worth a visit. If you fancy something a little different then we also really recommend Sessions restaurant, in the city’s Cultural Quarter. It’s actually a part of Lincoln College (and is based on the site of the former city jail) and is run by catering and hospitality students to a remarkably high standard. The service is great, and if the food here is anything to go by the future of British cuisine is in safe hands.
Getting to Lincoln
Driving to Lincoln is straightforward. The A1, the A15 and the A46 connect the city from the north and south, while the A158 connects to the east and the A1 and A57 links to the west. Lincoln Central train station isn’t far from the city centre, and there are direct connections to Gainsborough, Sleaford, Peterborough, Nottingham. Leicester, Sheffield, Doncaster and London. Finally, if you’re flying in to the area, then the nearest airport is Humberside International Airport about 45 minutes drive away.
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