Vibrant Lincoln

Watch Lincoln come alive - from festivals and concerts, art and sculpture, to boats and buildings, your days will be filled with inspiring experiences.  To request a brochure on Lincoln, please call 01522 873800, or for more information, please contact the City of Lincoln Tourist Information Centres on 01522 873213/873256, or you can e-mail

All the attractions listed below are within walking distance from Danes Cottage

Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter is where you can experiance the history of the Romans to the signing of the Magna Carta by St John. The Bailgate area has many unique and individual gift shops.
Cultural Quarter

Lincoln's Cultural Quarter is home to some of the city's newest devleopments such as The Collection, a fantastic new museum encompassing archaelogical finds with fine, decorative and contemporary visual arts. Alongside the Collection is the Usher Art Gallery.

Lincoln's premier arts venue, Lincoln Drill Hall is a friendly and exciting place to try new cultural experiences and boasts an amazing mix of events and activities. See more live performances at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln
High Street Shopping

Lincoln's buzzing High Street Quarter is the ideal place to visit the many shops and high street brands available. The main High Street, pedestrianised shopping centre and recently regenerated Waterside and St Marks Area contain many of the major services, department stores, and banks.

Lincoln's High Street Quarter is also a great place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a coffee at one of the city's trendy coffee bars. Why not sample the city’s nightlife in the many exciting bars and clubs on offer.
Brayford Waterfront

There is nothing more relaxing than a stroll around the Brayford Waterfront. Don’t forget to stop at the sculptures or enjoy the area from the public viewing deck. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip around the area and get a great view of the city, or you could visit the 9 screen Odeon Cinema with all the latest movies for you to choose from.

The area is famous for the Waterfront Festival that takes place in July. The festival features loads of great shows, stalls and much more besides. The Brayford Waterfront quarter is home to some of the newest and more diverse places to eat and drink. You will find both formal and informal venues here, depending on your occasion. Venues vary from a traditional British chained pub to more unique restaurants. All dining venues offer good quality food at reasonable prices. In the evening, the waterfront area has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a laid back attitude. Some of the bars offer outside seating in the summer which is a great way to end your day or start your night out!

Lincoln Cathedral 

Need we say more a must for any Lincoln visitor. Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe, which towers above Lincoln, a prominent landmark for miles around. If youve seen Cantebury, Chichester, Coventry, Durham, Exeter, Westminster Abbey and York Minster but not seen Lincoln, then you haven't seen the best. The cathedral dominates the city of Lincoln, both literally and metaphorically. It is absolutely huge and quite ancient, having been started in 1079. Entrance is free, but a licence to photograph costs £1, and donations are expected to help towards the maintenance costs which total £500,000 a year. There are the usual services which you can sit in on, and a choir at around 6pm on Sundays. There is also a guided tour which takes an hour - but be warned: it includes walking up to the top of the bell tower, which is a long way up.

Lincoln Castle 

By Norman times, Lincoln was the third city of the realm in prosperity and importance. In 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle on a site occupied since Roman times. For 900 years the castle was used as a court and prison with many being executed on the ramparts. Many original features still remain and the wall walks provide visitors with magnificent views of the Cathedral, the City of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside. The walls can be climbed at various points by metal stairs, but the real way to 'do' the castle is to climb to the very top of the observation tower and then go around the entire perimeter at the top of the walls - not for those scared of heights! The central part of the castle was once a capital prison and there are many gravestones in the southern tower which are testament to the hangman's grisly art.

The Magna Carta

Housed in Lincoln Castle. This 790 year old document, one of only four surviving originals sealed by King John after his meeting with the Barons at Runnymede in 1215, is housed in the Victorian Prison Building of Lincoln Castle.

The exhibition explains the origin of Magna Carta and the far reaching effects it has had on our lives, culminating in a darkened room where visitors can see the Lincoln Magna Carta

The Collection Museum

Visitors to historic Lincoln can now enjoy a fabulous new, free to enter, Museum, embracing the region's premier art gallery, the Usher. The buildings sit side by side in the centre of the city close to Steep Hill and enjoy spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.

The Collection includes a wealth of artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval eras as well as fine, decorative and contemporary visual arts right on the doorstep of Danes Cottage.

The Usher Art Gallery

Our art collection is of local, national and international importance.  The art collection is the finest in the County and includes superb contemporary art and craft, paintings, sculpture, porcelain, clocks and watches.  Treasures include paintings by Turner, Stubbs and Lowry, major porcelain collections and clocks with wooden movements by Robert Sutton. Once again on the doorstep of Danes Cottage.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Four years and a £2.6m refurbishment later the building was effectively “turned round” and re-opened as Lincoln Drill Hall, an arts & community venue, with a fully equipped flexible auditorium, a café bar and two smaller rooms all available for hire. In its first few months the new Drill Hall welcomed well-known names such as Jamie Cullum, Alexei Sayle, Jack Dee and Daniel Bedingfield, as well as bands The Damned, Buzzcocks & The Subways. It now presents an all year round programme of jazz, theatre, literature, comedy, blues, dance, rock & pop, classical music, children’s events & workshops and also hosts a huge number of meetings & conferences.
Medievial Bishops Palace 

Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops’ palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. The administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, stretching from the Humber to the Thames, its architecture reflected the enormous power and wealth of the bishops as princes of the church.

Begun in the late 12th century, the palace’s most impressive feature is the undercrofted West Hall, initiated by Bishop St Hugh and completed in the 1230s. The chapel range and entrance tower were built by Bishop William Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s. Having hosted visits from Henry VIII and James I, the palace was sacked by Royalist troops during the Civil War.

Built on hillside terraces, the palace also boasts one of the most northerly working vineyards in Europe, and a Contemporary Heritage Garden. Designed by Mark Anthony Walker, its form was inspired by the cathedral’s medieval vaulting and the curves of the vines, with trees shaped to echo spires.

Museum of Lincolnshire Life 

The largest and most diverse Community Museum in the County. Our rich and varied collections reflect the culture of the people of the Lincolnshire  and celebrate the County's social history  from  1750 until the current day . They illustrate domestic, community and commercial life, crafts, transport , agriculture and industrial heritage. The Museum even displays an authentic WW1 tank named "FLIRT"

The Lawn

The Lawn. As the name suggests, The Lawn is a spacious complex set in relaxing grounds that extend to eight acres. The Joseph Banks conservatory or tropical house is home to a wonderful selection of flora reminiscent of Banks' voyage of discovery. Also at The Lawn is the John Dawber Garden which includes a sensory area together with areas representative of Lincoln's twin town of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany and its Friendship City of Tangshan in China.

Theatre Royal Lincoln

The Theatre Royal is Lincolnshire's premier theatre. As well as details of current and forthcoming shows, you will find a whole host of other features, news, gossip, theatre interests and advance information. 
Ellis Mill

This wonderful mill is located on "Mill Road " behind the Museum and is the sole survivor of a row of 9 windmills which formerly faced west over the steeply sloping Lincoln Edge. Ellis's Mill is an excellent  surviving example of a small tower mill and dates from 1798. There has been a mill on this site from at least the middle of the 17th century.

The first recorded owner of the mill was a wealthy landowner named Anthony Meres. It went through a succession of owners until  December 1894 when John Ellis bought the mill for £250. He died in 1920, but his wife and son successively retained ownership until 1973.
This mill was worked until the 1940s when the machinery was removed and it fell into a derelict state.  Tragedy struck further when a fire finally destroyed all of the remaining woodwork  in 1974.



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