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72 Hours in Lincoln

By Ken Russell

 

DRIVE

Next time you are zooming around the Lincoln bypass on the way to Skegness or another coastal resort, take a trip into Lincoln itself, or better still, give yourself a couple of days there.

SLEEP

We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Brayford Wharf, right by the waterside and only five minutes’ walk from the city centre. The double room was spacious, the staff very friendly and the view from the dining room second to none. Visit www.holidayinn.co.uk for more details.

SHOP

You will find a good mix of well-known high street stores and a whole range of independents in Lincoln. The shopping centre is compact enough to walk around, but some of the real retail gems are up Steep Hill (aptly named!) towards the cathedral. There is however a shuttle bus running all day from bottom end to top end of the city and if you hop off in the right place, there is never far to walk. You can get off right outside the cathedral and take a look round this huge building – where the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code was recently filmed – or walk across the cobbled road to the castle to pay a visit.

SEE

Being parents to a young windmill enthusiast, our first stop was Ellis’ Mill and then the Museum of Lincolnshire Life round the corner. The museum has all sorts of exhibits and activities from commerce, agriculture and social life in the county from around 1750 onwards. Plenty to keep youngsters and grownups interested, including period shops recreated and even a WW1 tank. If archaeology is your thing, a visit to The Collection is not to be missed. The fabulous new museum houses artefacts from stone age through Roman to Saxon period artefacts.

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