GREAT REA­SONS TO VISIT LIN­COLN

With 2017 mark­ing 800 years since the Bat­tle of Lin­coln, one of the most in­flu­en­tial events in Eng­land’s his­tory, we visit this beau­ti­ful city ahead of the his­toric sum­mer events be­ing planned in Lin­coln to mark the oc­ca­sion

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We look at this beau­ti­ful city and the events be­ing planned to mark the 800th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Lin­coln.

1 DIS­COVER THE HIS­TORY

The Bat­tle of Lin­coln took place be­tween two of Lin­coln’s ar­chi­tec­tural gems: Lin­coln Cathe­dral and Lin­coln Cas­tle. You can ex­plore the Me­dieval cas­tle and see one of only four sur­viv­ing copies of Magna Carta, then climb the tower of Lin­coln Cathe­dral for a real ex­pe­ri­ence of English his­tory.

2 THE BAT­TLE OF LIN­COLN AN­NIVER­SARY

Mark the 800th an­niver­sary (20 May) by join­ing in with one of the events tak­ing place - in­clud­ing a pro­ces­sion, fun at the cas­tle, and a faith­ful re-en­act­ment of the 1217 Bat­tle of Lin­coln on Cas­tle Hill and Min­ster Yard out­side Lin­coln Cathe­dral from 2pm.

3 SHOP­PING IN STEEP HILL AND THE STRAIT

Voted as 'Bri­tain's Best Street', Steep Hill con­nects 'down­hill' and 'up­hill' Lin­coln. Yes, it is steep, as its name sug­gests, but well worth the walk! Within these lovely old streets you’ll find a wide va­ri­ety of in­de­pen­dent and spe­cialty shops, a lot of them housed in the old­est build­ings of the city.

4 BRAYFORD WATERFRONT

Eng­land's old­est in­land har­bour of­fer­ing a great se­lec­tion of eat­ing, drink­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venues. It’s the per­fect place to re­lax at a pave­ment café over­look­ing the wa­ter or the stun­ning Uni­ver­sity of Lin­coln cam­pus af­ter a hard days shop­ping!

5 LIN­COLN SAUSAGES!

Lin­colnshire is fa­mous for its food – in par­tic­u­lar the Lin­colnshire Sausage, which is a must! There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to eat and drink well in Lin­coln, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer when their Farm­ers’ Mar­kets will be run­ning through­out – on High Street and Cas­tle Square.

6 FIND A HID­DEN GEM

Lin­coln's vin­tage shops and an­tique cen­tres are per­fect for spe­cial­ist shop­ping to find a unique piece for your home or gift for a loved one. We rec­om­mend a must-visit to Hem­swell An­tique Cen­tres, which of­fers Europe's largest se­lec­tion of deal­ers. (hem­swell-an­tiques.com)

7 LUX­URY HO­TELS

In the the heart of Lin­coln's Cathe­dral Quar­ter is The Cas­tle Ho­tel with award-win­ning restau­rant, and stun­ning views (castle­ho­tel.net). Al­ter­na­tively a few miles out of Lin­coln is Branston Hall Ho­tel, a 53 bed­room country house ho­tel which dates back to 1885, set in 88 acres of stun­ning park­land and lakes (branston­hall.com).

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