The City of Lincoln

One of Britain's best cultural cities

visitor guide to Lincoln

Visit Lincoln, the beautiful historic city full of heritage and culture - home to the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral, castle remains, ancient walls, and medieval architecture. It is no wonder that Lincoln is a popular location for a city break in the UK. Wander along the picturesque cobbled streets and take in the spectacular sights of Lincoln's magnificent historic architecture. The city is full of fun attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy plus lots of delicious places to eat and drink.

getting here

Lincoln is easily accessible with three regional airports nearby, connections to the motorway and good links via rail being situated on the east coast railway line. 

Travel from London to Lincoln by train in just 1 hour 55 minutes thanks to LNER Azuma trains. 

Lincoln Cathedral

Historic Buildings

Lincoln Cathedral

Discover Lincoln Cathedral, one of the most spectacular Gothic buildings in the world. The cathedral is a spectacular and globally iconic landmark that has been standing tall over the city of Lincoln for centuries and was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years.

Lincoln Castle Observation Tower
Lincoln Castle Grounds

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is an incredible must see historic attraction, with special events, Magna Carta Vault, Victorian Prison and spectacular views across the entire city from the Medieval Wall Walk. 

explore the historic city of Lincoln

Lincoln is a cathedral city with a rich and interesting history. During the Roman era Lincoln was known as 'Lindum Colonia' developed from an Iron Age Settlement on the River Witham. 

The two most notable attractions are the spectacular 11th century Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle at the heart of the city's cultural Cathedral Quarter. The city has two universities, the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste and is home to Lincoln City FC. Lincoln is full of a diverse range of shopping and retail options from high street favourites to unique independents and boutiques. 

The Lincoln Museum

Discover this award-winning museum in the heart of Lincoln City. Enjoy exploring the huge variety of historic and art exhibitions, interactive displays and regular talks and events throughout the year. 

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Discover Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan manor house with Flemish tapestries and walled gardens displaying a pageant of colour all year round. A unique insight into 400 years of unbroken family ownership. 

International Bomber Command Centre

Discover The International Bomber Command Centre, the only place in the world where the devastating losses of the Bomber Command unit during World War II are commemorated.

Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle

Visit the internationally renowned Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle. View the original and iconic document signed by King John that changed the course of history.


Lincoln's independent shops and boutiques in the Cathedral Quarter offer a unique shopping experience on Bailgate or along Steep Hill and the Strait. In close walking distance to all the cities main attractions, it is the perfect place to spend your day shopping.

Independent Boutiques & High Street Favourites

Find all of your favourite brands in the heart of Lincoln on the High Street, Cornhill Quarter, Waterside and St Marks area for a great retail experience.

Katherine Swynford's Tomb, Lincoln Cathedral

Katherine Swynford

Did you know...

Katherine Swynford’s story is known to many from the biographical novel Katherine by Anya Seton, her most famous work. From a very modest background she fell in love with John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Despite many barriers they were eventually married in Lincoln Cathedral in 1396. Their daughter Joan was grandmother to Richard III and Edward IV, from whom descended the Tudor and Stuart dynasties and all subsequent British Royals.

Katherine also lived in the Lincolnshire village of Kettlethorpe and in later life within the Lincoln Cathedral Close. She died in 1403 and the tomb of Katherine Swynford and her daughter Joan Beaufort can be found on the south side of the Angel Choir in Lincoln Cathedral.


visitor information

Visit Lincoln Visitor Information Centre for all the information you need to know about Lincoln - where to visit, what’s on, transport enquires and more.

Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

planning your visit?

Visit Lincoln is the city’s dedicated tourism organisation where you'll find even more information about the best places to stay and visit in the area.

Washingborough Hall Hotel

places to
stay & eat

A warm welcome awaits you. Find luxury hotel rooms and fine dining, unique B&Bs and wonderful local food, charming holiday cottages and more.

more local attractions

Find more inspiration about the city and countryside bursting with rich history, vibrant culture, architecture and creativity.

The Botanist, Lincoln