A touristy trip to Lincoln

Me and Jordan took full advantage of the Easter bank holiday weekend and decided to visit a city neither of us had been to before, Lincoln. It’s not too far away from us, about an hour by direct train from Nottingham, so it gave us plenty of time to explore and see everything Lincoln has to offer.

We originally planned to go on Saturday but the weatherman said it was going to chuck it down all day so we rescheduled at the last minute and went on Friday instead. Best. Decision. Ever. The weather was glorious! Clear blue skies all day long and it was lovely and warm.

The trip was much more spontaneous than our usual trips out and about. We bought the train tickets the day before and I only had time to print off a black and white town centre map which wasn’t very clear so we didn’t really know where we were going.

Turns out though that you only really have to follow one street in Lincoln to see all the sights so we didn’t get lost at all while we were there.

The train got us in for about 10.15am so we decided to head straight for the castle and the cathedral. We didn’t want to waste any time!

We walked all the way up High Street until we got to the bottom of Steep Hill which we definitely underestimated. We struggled all the way up to the top and then realised there was a bus we could have caught. I think in the end the climb added to the experience though, or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself!

We took some pictures of the cathedral and read the information boards but we didn’t bother going inside.

cathedral 2

cathedral

cathedral 3

I have to say though, the castle was my favourite part. Entry to the grounds is free except for on special days where there’s events on but we paid £5 to do the medieval wall walk. Jordan was a bit wary because he’s afraid of heights but it wasn’t too bad.

It was fantastic for taking pictures of the beautiful views and you could have an audio tour if you wanted to. Me and Jord decided against the audio tour though and just followed the trail of informative plaques along the walls instead.

castle entrance

castle path

The best/worst part was when I tried to be brave and climb to the top of the tower which was TERRIFYING. The climb to the top was scary enough because it was dark and narrow and the steps were teeny tiny but when I got the top I nearly had a panic attack (literally).

It was so high and I could see straight down to the ground and there was a lot of people up there and not a lot of space. It’s safe to say I wasn’t up there long and Jordan was very glad that he didn’t bother climbing up all of those awful steps with me.

tower

tower view

tower view 2

tower view 3

After we’d made our way back down to earth we decided it was time for a drink so we got a takeaway milkshake from a lovely café just outside the castle grounds and headed up into the cathedral quarter to explore the cute independent shops.

I’ll be honest, I went a little crazy in one shop in particular. There were list books everywhere! I limited myself to two but I wanted so many more. By the way, if you don’t know what list books are, (which I didn’t before I bought them!) they’re basically books where you list your favourite musicians, places, foods and other things like that. If you love making lists, you’ll love list books.

There was another cute shop full of lovely clothes but they were super expensive so I didn’t spend long in there! I didn’t want to tease myself any longer than I had to otherwise my bank account would be crying out for help.

We couldn’t decide where to go for lunch but in the end we chose to have a burger at a busy looking pub up in the cathedral quarter.  We were kinda disappointed to be honest! It took so long for the food to be brought out to us and it seemed that other people who sat down after us had their meals delivered to them sooner than us. Plus the burger wasn’t great. Maybe I’ve become a bit of a burger snob!

We worked off lunch by walking back down Steep Hill. I’m sure you’ll believe me when I say that it was much more enjoyable walking down the hill than it was struggling up. It gave us a chance to have a look round some more lovely shops too.

steep hill

the strait

There was a beautiful vintage shop on The Strait that was full of stunning dresses but unfortunately none of the ones I loved were in my size! I was gutted, but I suppose it gives me something to look for if we visit Lincoln again.

We’d finished looking around the historical parts of Lincoln so we decided to browse the good range of modern high street shops they have. Jordan bought a new jacket from H&M, I bought seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Shetland on DVD and I also bought a beautiful summery floral blouse from Monsoon.

We got some sandwiches for the train ride home, said our goodbyes to Lincoln and made our way to the train station.

We both had a fantastic time and Lincoln is definitely somewhere we’d like to visit again. We loved the historical parts of the city and the range of high street shops is fantastic too.

If you’ve never visited Lincoln before then we definitely recommend you do! There’s literally something for everyone and there’s so much to see. Our off-peak return train tickets from Nottingham were just over £20 but I suppose it depends where you’re coming from.

Let me know in the comments whether you’ve been to Lincoln before. If so, what do you think of Lincoln? If not, have I persuaded you to visit there one day?

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