About Lincoln


The county town of Lincoln represents an interesting mix of ancient and modern, with the bright lights and bustling shops of the city centre existing alongside the thousand-year-old ramparts of Lincoln Castle and the Gothic splendour of its neighbour, the cathedral.

As, perhaps, one of the finest examples of its type, Lincoln Cathedral is indeed a truly magnificent sight with its Norman frontage and huge, intricate stained-glass windows. The castle is also a major visitor attraction due to the panoramic views of the surrounding area on offer from the top of the 12th century ramparts that enclose the main castle complex.

For those with an interest in the origins of modern Britain, the castle has on show one of only four copies of the original Magna Carta - one of the most constitutionally significant documents in history - that still survive in this country.

Lincoln also has on offer all the modern retail and leisure amenities that you would expect, from all the major high street names to the city's extensive areas of parkland.

There are several museums and galleries that are certainly worth a visit, too, none more so than 'The Collection' - a permanent exhibition of arts and antiques that includes works by local craftsmen and such masters as Turner and Lowry - which makes its home in the Usher Gallery and the Lincoln Museum. Also of interest may be the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, which showcases the important events and people that have shaped Lincoln's history.

If the roar of engines is what you seek, then perhaps a trip to the famous Cadwell Park circuit (just outside Lincoln) where motor-racing of all types takes place, is for you. Most weekends large numbers of spectators descend on the circuit to enjoy the day's racing programme, but when either the British Touring Car or the British Superbike Championship comes to Cadwell Park, the crowd will be at capacity.

  • Where does the name 'Lincoln' come from? Find out on the Lincoln toponomy page.