The city of Lincoln, which should perhaps be known as the ultimate tea destination in the UK, is everything a tea-lover could dream of and more…perhaps that’s why my sister, the tea connoisseur of our family has moved there!
For tea-lovers I recommend three great tea-related activities in Lincoln:
Go for tea (of coffee) in The Angel, a former church turned coffee house (but they still have great tea!).
Go for tea in the beautiful old tudor building over the river on the highstreet, Stokes High Bridge Cafe.
Stock up on the finest local and international teas in the amazing Imperial Tea shop on Steep Hill.
More than possible within 24 hours for any tea obsessed visitor! 😀
While I spent more than 24 hours in Lincoln, visiting all the major sites is quite possible within 24 hours; it’s a compact city after all.
Walk around the historical centre
Of course, Lincoln is more than just tea, with fabulous Tudor and Norman buildings giving the city its medieval look. The rickety facades of the old buildings, particularly around Steep Hill, overlook narrow cobblestone streets, and are now home to an array of boutique shops, cafes and craft stores. On some corners, the buildings are so old that you can even notice them leaning substantially sideways and outwards.
The charm of the city of Lincoln is in the impressive preservation of these quaint and historic buildings. I imagine the former residents of these buildings, hundreds of years ago, did much the same as the current residents of the city; drinking tea and chatting to neighbours on the street.
Visit the majestic Cathedral
The tallest building in the world from 1311–1549, Lincoln Cathedral is an awe-inspiring, immense structure, marking the city with its iconic towers. Since it can be seen from all over the city, it’s a handy point of reference when getting directions or meeting up with friends.
Entering the main part of the building, I was immediately blown away by the sheer size and grandness of the interior. I have seen a lot of beautiful Cathedrals during my travels but I haven’t been this impressed by one since my visit to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, which has a similar Gothic interior.
Take a few minutes to walk around, photograph and gaze at the magnificent architecture of this man-made building, or take one of the frequent tours which will bring you around the building, up to the roof and into the tower, for just £6 GBP.
I was pleasantly surprised with Lincoln. It has so much of its own unique character and style and stands out a lot from other small English cities. Only two hours from London on the train, it’s an easy day-trip for someone looking for something different to do on the weekend.