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The earliest origins of Lincoln can be traced to the remains of an Iron Age settlement of round wooden dwellings (which were discovered by archaeologists in 1972) that have been dated to the 1st century BC. This settlement was built by a deep pool (the modern Brayford Pool) in the River Witham at the foot of a large hill (on which the Normans later built Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle) .
This amazing edifice, that towers over the City dates from the 12th century and is said to be one of the most spectacular Gothic buildings in Europe. Explore inside and out to marvel at its beauty.
A fine 11th century Norman castle founded by William the Conqueror displays a copy of the Magna Carta. Home to the city’s court and prison for centuries, it oozes a grisly history of executions and misery.
The Bishops Palace
This 12th century ruin still has plenty of walls to scramble along and get some fine views of the City.
With a steep, cobbled street climb, aptly named Steep Hill, there is no need to get out of breath, as there are so many quaint shops and book stores, cafes and watering holes to rest at. Photo opportunities are aplenty from the well-preserved and very beautiful black and white Tudor buildings that form the unique streetscape.
At the bottom of the hill, back in modern day Lincoln, wander the waterfront walkways where the River Witham runs through the centre of Lincoln to Brayford Pool. Lined with cafes and bars, restaurants and shopping centres. A must do, on a warm summers day.
Museums and Galleries
For museum buffs there is plenty of to get your teeth into as you step from the Archaeology Museum to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, then on to the Usher Art Gallery all within a stones throw of each other and very central.
After all that exercise and you still want more? take a guided walking tour from the tourist office or an evening scary ghost walk.
The Viking Way is a 147 mile (235 km) trail that will take you from the banks of the Humber along ancient tracks west through Lincoln and four miles south right passed Carnforth Guesthouse, a great stopover to relax those tired feet, rest for the night, enjoy a hearty breakfast and continue on your journey refreshed.
With many new walking trail guides printed by Lincolnshire Tourism there is no reason to be idle. Take a pack lunch and a map, then go and explore.
Fancy a day by the river with a rod and a net. We can set you in the right direction to while away the hours enjoying the peace of the riverbank and we’ll refrigerate your catch for you.
Shows and Events
Lincolnshire Showground holds events throughout the year
including farmers markets and country fairs.
The Christmas Markets bring thousands of people to the City to browse over 300 stalls and get into the festive spirit.
In Waddington we have a small village atmosphere with three pubs, two serving food and numerous takeaway shops.
Nearby is the airbase where every June it roars to life with the atmospheric Waddington Air Show, known to be the largest in the country with the highlight being the visiting Red Arrows.
A Drive Round The County
Drive through the pretty villages and wall-to-wall countryside; visit grand stately homes and market gardens. Explore the many interesting market towns and the rolling Lincolnshire Wolds. Head to the coast for an ice-cream and return to Carnforth to relax before doing it all over again tomorrow.