Places to Visit in LIncoln
There is no shortage of interesting places to visit in Lincoln - from the stunning cathedral to bustling Brayford Pool. Some of the attraction charge for admission, please check times of opening and prices.
Lincoln Cathedral. This splendid Gothic structure is the first thing you will see on your journey to Lincoln. Building started in 1075 and continued for the next 300 or so years: rebuilt and extended several times. What we have now is one of the most beautiful buildings in the UK perched 200 feet above the centre of Lincoln.
Website: Lincoln Cathedral
The Bishops' Palace Lincoln's Medieval Bishops' Palace was first built in the late 12th century and it was one of the grandest residential structures in England. The chapel range and entrance tower were built by Bishop William Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s. It 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 enormous power and wealth.
Website: Bishops' Palace
Lincoln Castle was one of the castles built on the orders of William the Conquer to keep his Viking subjects under control. A programme of works is being undertaken to make a footway around the walls accessible to the public and the building of a new visitor centre where Lincoln's copy of the Magna Carta will be on view. During the works the site of an previously unknown church was discover together with a complete stone Saxon sarcophagus: a major find and thought to be the first of its kind in this country.
Website: Lincoln Castle
Newport Arch was the north gate of the Roman Lindum Colonia and is about 1,800 years old. Standing at the northern end of the ancient Bailgate area of Lincoln. Ermine Street, which ran from London to the Humber, passes beneath the arch. It is the oldest arch in the country with traffic passing beneath
Website: Newport Arch
Steep Hill was awarded the accolade of "The Great Street Award" in 2012. The name describes it exactly, going down it is probably as hard as going up! Lots of independent shops line the street. Appoximately follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street.
Website: Steep Hill
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Norman House, on the upper part of Steep Hill, was once known as “Aaron the Jews House”, but Aaron is known to have lived in the Bail, above here. A 12th-century stone house originally with shops on the ground floor and domestic rooms above. It has had a lot of rebuilding over the centuries but traces remain of the front chimney stack, ornamental string-course and doorway. The building is now home to a bag shop and a tea retailer
Jews Court is a 17th & 18th century building, it is thought that it was once the site of a Jewish synagogue, but this may have been to the rear of Jews House. Jews Court is the home of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. The Society shop sells new and secondhand books
Website: Jews Court
Jews House is one of the most important 12th century stone houses in Britain. It has a rich ornamental doorway and chimney. The building originally consisted of a hall at first floor level above shop and storage spaces at ground level.. Although much changed over the years some original features remain: The elaborately carved doorways and romanesque windows. When the Jews were expelled from England in 1290, the owner was Belaset daughter of Solomon of Solomon, daughter of Solomon of Wallingford.