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Lincoln Cathedral. Image credit: Matthew Feene via Unsplash

24 Hours in Lincoln

29 November 2017 | Kate Plummer

The Inbetweeners joked that when it came to education it was a case of “goodbye first rate education, hello university of Lincoln.” For a start, as the writer of this feature may or may not be a Lincoln graduate, they can add that this is untrue. Funny, but untrue. However, what no one could dispute is that the city of Lincoln itself is nothing but first rate when it comes to a day out filled with culture, history and food.

Morning
 

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When it comes to exploring Lincoln, lets start from the top. Literally. Perched on top of Steep Hill, sits two jewels of Lincolnshire history and culture, the first being the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral. Since building commenced in 1088, the cathedral has grown to become the third largest Cathedral in the UK after St Pauls and York Minster when it comes to floor space. Marvel at the incredible craftsmanship from the outside before exploring the beauty of the Cathedral from the inside. From the impressive vaults to discovering the cheeky legend of the Lincoln Imp, there’s plenty to explore and appreciate for somewhere that for 238 years was the tallest building in the world (sorry Great Pyramid of Giza!) More recently it’s had a taste of fame thanks to appearing as a doppelganger for Westminster Abbey in both Hollywood hits ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Young Victoria’.
 

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Not content with spoiling you with such a divine combination of history and architecture, Lincoln boasts another trump card in both departments just across the road in the form of Lincoln Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 where a Roman fortress used to stand, it’s easy to see why both the Romans and Will chose this as the perfect defensive location as soon as you’re stood atop the medieval walls and enjoying the incredible panoramic views of the city and beyond. Explore the grounds and the history of the castle by learning about its time as a Victorian prison and taking a glimpse of one of only four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta.
 
Midday
 

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We wouldn’t be surprised if, after soaking up all that history, your brain (and feet) might welcome a little pit stop. For the sweet-toothed amongst you, indulge in a traditional afternoon tea at Bunty’s Tea Room. With vintage décor and bunting galore, choose from a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones loaded with clotted cream and jam, not to mention a generous wedge of cake. For the savoury fans, we can’t recommend The Cheese Society enough. As well as exploring this fantastically knowledgeable and well-stocked shop for all your cheese needs, take a seat in their cheese café to experience everything from oozing baked camembert, cheese soufflés and raclette as well as selections of their wonderful cheeses.   
 
Afternoon
 

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We hope you heeded our advice and refuelled at lunch, as Steep Hill is not just a clever name. At 420m long at a gradient of 14%, it really is steep! Despite the climb up and the shuffle down the cobbled street, Steep Hill really is worth an exploration thanks to the abundance of boutiques and independent shops. From treasure troves of vintage books and clothing, to specialist Whiskies and not to mention jars and jars of every kind of confectionary imaginable, there’s something for all ages and interests. Enjoy the quaint tearooms, restaurants and pubs dotted along the street and take in the range of historic architecture going as far back as Norman-era Jews House as you make your way down.
 
If your trip to Lincoln Castle and Cathedral didn’t quench your thirst for culture, The Collection at the bottom of Steep Hill combines the best of Lincolnshire’s archaeological collection in its museum alongside the city’s art gallery, the Usher Gallery.
 
Evening
 

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Celebrate a day well spent by savouring the delicious morsels with dinner at Michelin Guide restaurant, The Bronze Pig with its passion for combining the influences of contemporary English and Italian cuisine.
 
Now, we promise we won’t send you back up the hill again as the evening draws in, not when there’s so many entertaining options nestled in the city centre. For the cocktail connoisseurs out there, discover a classic Side Car or Old Fashioned at hidden speakeasy Vice & Co, if you don’t walk straight past the secret entrance that is. If a quirkier tipple if what you’re after then the team at popular Strait and Narrow can whip you up a Bacon & Banana Old Fashioned or ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired Targaryen Kiss to get your tastebuds going, as well as having over 140 bottled beers to choose from.
 

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To end the night, take in one of the many brilliant gigs, comedians, or just go ‘out out’ and hit the dance floor at The Engine Shed. The city’s largest live music and entertainment venue, The Engine Shed always provides a great night out when it comes to hosting some world class bands, DJs and comedians.
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