24 Hours in Lincoln, England

by Stephanie Walsh · 4 comments

in Europe, Travels, United Kingdom

24 Hours in Lincoln, England

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:

  1. Go for tea (of coffee) in The Angel, a former church turned coffee house (but they still have great tea!).

  2. Go for tea in the beautiful old tudor building over the river on the highstreet, Stokes High Bridge Cafe.

  3. Stock up on the finest local and international teas in the amazing Imperial Tea shop on Steep Hill.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Imperial Teas on Steep Hill....any guess as to why it's called Steep Hill?? Anyone?...

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.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Lovely buildings in the historic centre.

Tudor style buildings in Lincoln

Tudor style buildings in Lincoln

Norman and tudor style architecture, side by side in Lincoln

Norman and tudor style architecture, side by side in Lincoln

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

I love how crooked these buildings are!

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.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Oh what a lovely city!

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

The top of Steep Hill, at the Cathedral Square

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Yeah, it's pretty Steep!

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Typical street in Lincoln

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Man and his dog! 🙂

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.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

The Cathedral, just before nightfall.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Hey, it's me!

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.

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Nice, nice

24 Hours in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Some dramatic trees...

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.

Lincoln Cathedral

Trying out some HDR

Lincoln Cathedral

Beautiful Lincoln Cathedral

 
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.

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1 angelcoffeehouse January 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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2 Emily January 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Gorgeous photos! What a beautiful place.
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3 Monique January 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I stumbled upon this post and all I can say is wow and thank you for sharing. Lincoln has been on my travel wish list for years and I can’t understand why I never made time to visit when I lived in London!
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4 jonny July 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I was browsing posts about Colombia (where I’m currently backpacking), and then randomly stumbled across this post about my home town!! I’ve never seen anyone write anything about Lincoln; thank you so much for the write-up!! 🙂

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