To think Lincoln is underrated?

(126 Posts)
KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 09:30:19

I took the kids to Lincoln yesterday for a day out of the house. It's 2 hours away, about the same distance as York, where I took them last month.

All I knew about it was there's a famous Cathedral there, so I was really pleased to find the city was as good as York, only significantly less crowded. And, you don't have to pay admission to go inside the cathedral.

We took an open top tour bus ride around the city, and it only cost £10. I liked the town as it has a lot of medieval buildings and a pretty waterfront.

Everyone I talk to here in Oldham says they've been to York, but not Lincoln, and I think that's a shame.

Anybody have similar underrated favourites they want to share? smile

grants1000 Mon 20-May-13 11:11:24

I presumed you meant the movie and I was going to agree! Never been to the town/city of Lincoln, not even sure where it is!

Ragwort Mon 20-May-13 11:13:52

Aslo thought you meant the film grin - talking of the film I was so disappointed that it seemed to disappear from the cinema so quickly, I didn't get round to seeing it and am now waiting for the DVD to come out, but it won't be the same.

<totlly off topic - yes, the city of Lincoln is lovely smile>

ELR Mon 20-May-13 11:15:36

I have never been and it never even entered my head to ever go there. I live in London but always looking for places for weekends away and I love York. I am slightly biased as from up north.
But thanks I will look it up.

nipersvest Mon 20-May-13 11:15:57

i love lincoln, was born there but we moved away when i was 2. love going back, did you spot the imp in the cathedral?

I quite like it but I don't think it is anything like as pretty as York.

Btw, did you know, when they built the cathedral tower in the eleventh century, it was supposedly the tallest building in the world, until the tower collapsed again.

squoosh Mon 20-May-13 11:20:49

Never been.

All I know is cathedral and biscuits.

I remember reading something about their accent/dialect and maybe it's dying out?

Dawndonna Mon 20-May-13 11:40:39

We go on holiday quite regularly. Love it.

badgeroncaffeine Mon 20-May-13 12:00:08

Lincoln is a great place and the cathedral is a simply amazing sight, you do have to pay admission though katy.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 20-May-13 12:12:20

I agree with LRD. It's nice enough, but not as interesting or pretty as York.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 12:14:32

I didn't see any facilities for collecting admission, just voluntary donation boxes.

I didn't see the imp, no. But we had a good look at the exterior carvings and they was really impressive.

I do think it's as lovely as York, though.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 12:15:27

Ahem. They WERE really impressive blush

5madthings Mon 20-May-13 12:16:47

My grandparents live in Lincoln and my parents are in Lincolnshire. Its nice enough, its certainly improved a lot with the university and riverside developments etc. The cathedral and the castle are nice to visit and the Christmas market is good smile

Wannabestepfordwife Mon 20-May-13 12:19:18

I love it! I especially like to look round where lady Kathryn swinford lived and is buried.

I do think York has the edge though

5madthings Mon 20-May-13 12:19:24

Here you can go in some bits of the cathedral for free but not all of it.

It is lovely, do they still have the mirror on wheels to help you fund the imp?

megandraper Mon 20-May-13 12:25:54

I agree OP. Went there a couple of months ago. The Collection Museum is great, briliant for children. And Sundown Adventureland, just outside Lincoln, is a theme park for under-10s which my under-10s absolutely loved - great day out.

5madthings Mon 20-May-13 12:31:49

I loved sundown as a kid! I must take the madthings there!

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 12:33:31

I did see the mirror table thing in the cloister. I didn't get to look at anything to intently as the three boys kept running in all directions.

We went into the entire cathedral, cloister, and chapter house without being asked for money. Maybe it's a Sunday thing.

landofsoapandglory Mon 20-May-13 12:38:29

I'm not fussed on Lincoln at all. The old bit is nice, I agree but IMO the rest is a bit meh. DH works near Lincoln and would like us to move there when our DC finish school in a couple of years. I can not say the idea thrills me.

Ixia Mon 20-May-13 12:39:00

Lincoln is fab, will always have an attachment to it as my daughter was born there. Gave birth looking at the view over the city, with the cathedral all lit up. The walk up the hill to the cathedral, whilst pushing a pram is a killer, it's not called steep hill for nothing smile

SerBrienne Mon 20-May-13 12:40:54

The old fashioned sweetie shop sticks in my mind <<shallow>>

SocialClimber Mon 20-May-13 13:04:00

I run up Steep Hill.

I live just outside Lincoln, can't say I thought it was anything special but maybe I'm so used to it and take it for granted.

SocialClimber Mon 20-May-13 13:06:03

The cathedral is beautiful all lit up though.

amigababy Mon 20-May-13 13:16:15

I was born in York so I tend not to notice how it looks iyswim.
We all went to Lincoln for the first time last year to look at the university for DD, we absolutely loved it.
I sort of hope she chooses Lincoln so we can visit lots.

godzuki Mon 20-May-13 13:20:38

I love Lincoln too. We did have to pay to go into the cathedral (but we managed to find the imp so it was worth it in my opinion). My favourite fact about Lincoln is that people from Lincolnshire are called Yellowbellies.

Ixia, my dd was also born there. I gave birth overlooking the cathedral as it was bathed in June evening sunshine. Not that I actually noticed much as I was too busy ranting on about 'where the fuck is the anaesthetist??' Lovely setting though.

HebeJeeby Mon 20-May-13 15:04:43

I agree, we live near Lincoln and it is a lovely city. Don't forget the castle though which is having major renovations etc... being done there and is due to be featured on Time Team at some point soon. Plus it hosts one of the copies of the Magna Carta. You do have to pay to get into the Cathedral though (lucky you if you sneaked in) which I begrudge as it is a place of worship.

Lincs is a great county, brilliant schools, some of the lowest property prices in the country, excellent links to London (75 minutes from Grantham) and lovely countryside. It's a vastly underrated county in my opinion. Sure it has its downsides but so does anywhere.

ColinCaterpillar Mon 20-May-13 15:08:59

Love it so YANBU.

amiga I went to Uni there and have v fond memories of it smile

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 15:10:06

city wall, the old city jail and a copy of the Magna Carta? What's not to like?

As underrated as York is overrated.

Dawndonna Mon 20-May-13 15:11:58

I run up Steep Hill. shock

York, overrated? Them's fighting words!

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 15:32:05

I used to live in York and whilst it was a great place to live. But I never rated it as a tourist attraction. On a Saturday night they'd be drunks marauding through the town, petrifying Japanese tourists.

I like the Railway museum and the endearingly crap Richard iii museum.

Ah, fair point.

I grew up near Nottingham. I have low standards for cities and high tolerance for marauding drunks.

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 17:39:47

LRD you are an East Midlander, but you seemed so nice!


I know. It's sad.

I was born in Southampton, though, not that this is significantly better.

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 17:46:02

ah I was born on the West Midlands...but trolled about a lot in my late teens and 20s.

Hence my suspicion of East Midlanders! I think it is a bit like the Hip hop east coast west coast rivalry, with less bling and more lingering resentment over the miners' strike.

hesterton Mon 20-May-13 17:46:28

In a gruesome way, I love the creepiest chapel ever, situated in the castle prison. The inmates had to be masked so they wouldn't see each other on their way to worship (total isolation was the chosen method of reform, which actually led to madness).

Then in the chapel, they stood in sort of tall loose-boxes so they could only see the preacher, not each other.

It is truly chilling.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-May-13 17:48:33

Yes, you normally have to pay to go in the cathedral but if you go in just before a service is about to start on a Sunday the desk is often unstaffed. Its a bigger city than York so I think there's more shops.

hesterton Mon 20-May-13 17:48:48

The thing about Lincoln is you would never pass through it on your way to somewhere else significant so loads of people don't really know where it is. It's sort of out on a limb in the flatlands.

hesterton Mon 20-May-13 17:49:59

Plum bread is good, and that rolled ham with parsley speciality; can't recall what it's called.

Is Lincoln really bigger than York???

HadALittleFaithBaby Mon 20-May-13 17:54:28

I think so! I live just outside. It's a bit quieter than I'd like but with the uni it's getting better - we're getting better known acts coming to the uni venue. I do think the cathedral is stunning. It's position is amazing on the landscape. I think it's free entry on a Sunday (at least it used to be). On Friday I had the privilege of seeing the Lancaster flu over the cathedral. It was spectacular!

York is pretty but last time I went it was about £7.50 to go round the Minster!

Oh yes and seriously: I run up steep hill?! shock

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-May-13 17:55:52

Population wise York is bigger, however Lincoln has more shops. Maybe because its so cut off and serves a wide rural population as well? Wheras people in Yorkshire can go to Leeds.

Figbash Mon 20-May-13 17:55:55

LRD - i grew up in Coalville .... Melton Mowbray is a day out grin

Figbash Mon 20-May-13 17:56:16

In fact ... so is Asfordby.

ilovecolinfirth Mon 20-May-13 17:56:29

I quite like Lincoln but York is much better.x

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-May-13 17:57:31

I've been for a day out to Melton Mowbray. Was a tad underwhelmed, a pie shop and a lot of charity shops. Nice park though and a good agricultural merchants.

Ohhh, fig, I'm not saying where I grew up! grin

Suffice to say it would make Coalville look like the up-and-coming metropolis. Nottingham was just my nearest town, and not very near at that.

The West Midlands always seem posh to me.

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 19:01:23

The West Midlands always seem posh to me.

That funny, dos us West Midland folk always think that East Midlanders see themselves as a cut above.

AuntieMaggie Mon 20-May-13 19:12:55

ComposHat that was my experience in York on a weeknight. I found it overrated after being told on many occasion how great it was.

I arrived in Lincoln a few hours ago and I'm impressed. Just sorry I won't have any free time in the day to explore properly. I'm staying on the waterfront which is lovely.

ladymariner Mon 20-May-13 19:14:25

I love Lincoln, we always park at the top of the Steep Hill and wander down, there are some gorgeous little shops there, have a mooch round the town centre then make our way back up the hill ( agog at anyone running up it, it takes us all our time to stagger up the bloody thing, it's not called that for nothing!) and get an ice cream from the ice cream parlour and sit by the cathedral just watching the world go by......priceless smile

Catmint Mon 20-May-13 19:20:12

LRD - Long Eaton?

herladyship Mon 20-May-13 19:23:08

I live in a village just outside Lincoln..

Children had an amazing state primary, fabulous state secondary, real community vibe, beautiful countryside all around us but a mere (hmm) £250k will get you a 5 bed character property with some land smile
Its a lovely historic city with decent restaurants & shops..

However, it can be a little dull... And as a county Lincolnshire is VERY flat. Also the east coast is grim..

When DD leaves school we are upping sticks to the peak district!

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 19:24:44

I think York is great. I just think Lincoln is underrated. It's less crowded than York and really lovely.

I studied medieval art history at university, so I like towns with a lot of medieval architecture.

Nope, sorry Cat. smile

BoneyBackJefferson Mon 20-May-13 19:27:04

it a Stuffed chine

BoneyBackJefferson Mon 20-May-13 19:27:16


AverageHeight Mon 20-May-13 19:29:02

Have visited Lincoln recently and agree that it's lovely and underrated. Loads of people asked why we were bothering! As well as the cathedral and castle there are lots of gorgeous shops where we just wanted to buy all the stock.

On balance there is more to do in York, but in my (limited) experience York is also busier, more expensive and more set up for tourist. Our day trip to Lincoln was much more relaxing than our day trip to York.

fossil971 Mon 20-May-13 19:30:40

Nah then

I grew up Lincolnshire (probably near herladyship I suspect)

Despite a university and a dual carriageway I still think of it as The Land that Time Forgot. The first distant sight of the cathedral when I'm on my way to visit the parents still makes me fill up!

It is a lovely interesting city and place to visit OP you are right. It's got a character all of its own.

AverageHeight Mon 20-May-13 19:30:49

Ps Southampton is grim in comparison imho

Catmint Mon 20-May-13 19:31:32

Lucky eas

Catmint Mon 20-May-13 19:32:24

Sorry just ignore that message, posted in error

fossil971 Mon 20-May-13 19:33:03


"The thing about Lincoln is you would never pass through it on your way to somewhere else significant so loads of people don't really know where it is. It's sort of out on a limb in the flatlands."

Except Skegness

Wuldric Mon 20-May-13 19:34:19

Is it possible to underrate Lincoln?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-May-13 19:36:46

Auntiemaggie, if you're staying in the Hilton you must go have a cocktail in the Electric bar on the top floor. Great views and the best Long Island iced tea ever!

spanieleyes Mon 20-May-13 19:37:18

I'm torn here as I'm from Yorkshire ( and hence think that everything from God's Own County is by far the best) but live in Lincolnshire and quite like it! Lincoln is very nice, the cathedral is lovely and the castle very interesting. I always like to check out the aircraft when passing RAF Waddington, just to see if the AWACS are still there ( they never move!) The shopping is Ok and the riverside nice, the hill is STEEP! But the surrounding countryside is SOOO flat ( I live in South Lincolnshire where anything over 5 feet above sea level gives the locals nosebleeds!) and there are more ducks than people!

Wandastartup Mon 20-May-13 19:53:35

Hesterton it's stuffed chine, Hastlet( pronounced haze let) is another speciality. Can you tell where I grew up!

Wandastartup Mon 20-May-13 19:56:04

I think up hill is great but town itself leaves a lot to be desired!York has better tea shops and better big shops(and more museums!)

MooseBeTimeForSpring Mon 20-May-13 20:04:04

I used to work in Lincoln. It's underrated.

I understand all the stone carvings on the outside of the Cathedral used to be painted bright colours. That must have been a sight to see.

I miss Browns Pie Shop.

I don't miss driving the A15 every day, especially when people get distracted by the Red Arrows at Scampton.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 20:16:56

"Have visited Lincoln recently and agree that it's lovely and underrated. Loads of people asked why we were bothering! As well as the cathedral and castle there are lots of gorgeous shops where we just wanted to buy all the stock.

On balance there is more to do in York, but in my (limited) experience York is also busier, more expensive and more set up for tourist. Our day trip to Lincoln was much more relaxing than our day trip to York."

Yes! This is exactly what I meant. York is great, but with three small boys, it was a hassle. Lincoln was more mellow.

I didn't walk around the town, much. We walked around the Cathedral and down the steep street (boys ran down pell mell and trudged whinging back up!) Most of the rest of the town we only saw from the tour bus. But, that's much easier than trying to herd three boys through the streets.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 20-May-13 20:19:11

Moose I was stationed at Pensacola Naval Base when I was in the US Navy, where the Blue Angels are based. They'd practice overhead every afternoon and everybody would stop and gape at them. Even the most grizzled old Chiefs would stop to watch. I can imagine the Red Arrows over traffic would have a similar effect!

That's one thing I miss about living on Loch Fyne: every sunny day we'd be buzzed by the RAF, sometimes flying quite low up the loch!

CalamityJ Mon 20-May-13 20:19:22

I'm a huge fan of Lincoln too. It's beautiful with great shopping, bars and lots to do. It's just a bit of a pain to get to!

Horsemad Mon 20-May-13 20:23:51

Lincoln - my second fave cathedral city after Chester. smile

ComposHat Mon 20-May-13 21:18:17

I'm not sure that now all of us are saying Lincoln is underrated, Lincoln is becoming overrated.

A bit like the band St Ettiene.

hesterton Mon 20-May-13 21:39:28

Chine, that's it.

I have stayed at The Bentley, the tres elegant hotel time forgot from the eighties. Great value, big pool, lots of posh dinner dances full of really friendly plump ladies in gold sandals who call the barmaid 'duck'.

Damian's restaurant, another place in danger of coming back into fashion without trying, is the weirdest place - inexplicably popular - that onion ring loaf is unique, truly unique.

Brown's Pie Shop - yum.

Pig racing at Woodside, another bizarre Lincoln practice.

Rand Farm Park - shortest ever tractor rides.

I love the BIG skies and the people. I would happily retire to Lincoln.

Decoy Mon 20-May-13 21:41:30

It's a lovely place. Less touristy and more unspoilt than some cathedral cities.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 20-May-13 21:44:04

The Bentley wasn't built till the 90s. grin

Onion loaf and ribs at Damons, mmmm.

I love it grin It is one of my very favourite cities and I get to visit fairly often, as I live in Lincs grin
Not all of Lincolnshire is flat though, I live in the Wolds, very hilly and picturesque!

If you have preschool age children, you must visit The Collection, it has a brilliant part just for them, I have spent many hours there trying to drag the DC away! Do not attempt to push a double buggy up Steep Hill, at least not if you're very unfit, an old man had to take over halfway up blush The shopping is of reasonable quality and quantity, but then I do come from The Wolds, so have low expectations where shopping is concerned grin

MrsPnut Mon 20-May-13 22:06:42

I live in a village near Lincoln too, and it's ok. It'd be better if it wasn't in Lincolnshire but that's because I'm from Yorkshire and nothing compares to god's own county.

I love the castle and cathedral, the Bailgate area is great for a mooch around but the shops are woefully lacking. You need to go to Nottingham to go shopping really.

neverputasockinatoaster Mon 20-May-13 22:40:36

I live in Lincoln.

To be truthful I think it is over rated. Hate it here. Only moved here to marry OH as his job was here. Now stuck here.

poorpaws Mon 20-May-13 23:41:38

I love Lincoln and lived there for 5 years. It was one of the happiest times of my life and I made many friends some of whom I am still in touch with. We always call it "our cathedral". Awww I miss lovely Lincoln.
Love York too though and have a very fond memory of a dirty week away there many years ago blush too much information.

DrCoconut Mon 20-May-13 23:56:31

The pie shop on the hill is a must in Lincoln.

Wandastartup Tue 21-May-13 07:06:04

Gosh, all these closet Lincoln lovers! I am going at the weekend. We should have a meet up. Damons for ribs anyone? I like the Ocean too.

Just saw this (apologies if it's old news to some on this thread), but thought it might be of interest:

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 21-May-13 17:42:40

I would be interested to go there now. wonder if it changed and let in a few outsiders when the (I believe) University (?Leicester) came.

TBH it was a dead-and-alive place in the early 1990s. Beautiful, a few good pubs but back in the 1950s in many ways.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 21-May-13 17:44:05


yes, the prison chapel sticks in the mind!

cornflowercrabtree Tue 21-May-13 17:44:37

Go to the Christmas market in Lincoln, it's amazing.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 21-May-13 17:49:37

I had a London accent and it got comments everywhere I went. It was as if they had never heard someone with that accent.

Such a contrast from places nearby. like Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield.

Friendly though.

TiggyD Tue 21-May-13 19:03:29

I saw a goth/punk walking down Steep Hill wearing boots that had a good 6 inch heel and an inch or 2 platform sole. I'm slightly ashamed to say that I did follow casually behind her to see what would happen. She made it but it must have taken a lot of effort. Even I couldn't have managed.

Horsemad Tue 21-May-13 19:41:49

I went to the Christmas market once... never again! It was just one huge swell of people, and you couldn't get near the stalls to see stuff!

I don't like Damon's much either! The ribs are good but not enough to make me go there.

Apart from that, it's fine! grin

TheCunnyFunt Tue 21-May-13 19:42:24

I live 20 minutes away, been there hundreds of times so it's just 'meh' to me grin

GeorginaWorsley Tue 21-May-13 20:17:13

Been to both,Lincoln last year and go to York at least every year.
Probably prefer York,but Lincoln was great for a day out and I agree about Lincolnshire being a bit forgotten.
We try and explore a 'different' city or town a few times a year,staying in Premier inns grin

LifeHope11 Tue 21-May-13 20:41:44

I love Lincoln, it is a gem of a city which not many people seem to know about. I was brought up there so went back to get married, many of the guests raved about the city as they didn't know much about it & so were not expecting it to be so lovely.

We had our reception at the Lincoln Hotel with a view of the Cathedral, which is right next door, as a back cloth (the hotel used to be called the Eastgate Hotel as the remains of the Roman east gate of the city are just outside - it is that kind of place).

Lincolnshire is as flat as a pancake, apart from the Wolds and the hill the Cathedral is built on - so you can see it for miles around.

I would recommend my beautiful Lincoln to anyone looking for a weekend break in a lovely and interesting place.

MrsDoomsPatterson Tue 21-May-13 20:45:23

The Christmas market is too busy, I don't like Damons, nope, it's not my favourite place ever...

LadyLech Tue 21-May-13 21:07:31

Ahh, this is bringing back such fond memories.

I lived in Lincoln for a bit in the 1990s and had a very happy time there. I agree it is vastly underrated as a city.

Loved the area around the castle and Cathedral. We used to drink in the pub at the top of steep hill overlooking the castle, and then get our chips (with gravy in a tray - I'm a southerner, it was a novelty for me grin) on the way home. Happy times. Also loved Damons.

Went back for the Christmas Market a few years back and was shocked to discover that the Choux shop had gone!! How could they do that!?!

If it wasn't for the fact that it really is at the back of beyond, I'd happily move back.

I'm also shock at the thought of running up steep hill. I get puffed out on the first little section!!

Is the vintage clothes shop still there? About a third of the way up steep hill on the right??

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 21-May-13 21:28:15

LadyLech Yes, it's still there. I didn't go in, but I did notice it.

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 21-May-13 21:28:55

Although I seem to remember one on the right (as you go down the hill). I think I may remember two of them - one on each side.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 21-May-13 21:55:01

There's one either side.

I lived in lincoln in the mid 90s and had a Kenyan housemate. I swear he was one of very few black people at the time. It's still not the most diverse of cities apart from Eastern Europeans. God, the looks we used to get in Sainsburys and places. People would openly stare and I'm not usually one for noticing such stuff.

Kasterborous Tue 21-May-13 22:11:00

We lived in a village near Lincoln for seven happy years. And our DD was born in Lincoln hospital so I have a soft spot for Lincoln.

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 21-May-13 22:11:49

When I lived in the Western Highlands, black people really stood out. I knew not to stare but I always noticed them in a sort of "Hey! A black person!" sort of way.

I have always wanted to go to Lincoln. This thread has reminded me that I was once meant to go with an ex partner. We ended up in Hull. We also ended up separated.

textfan Tue 21-May-13 23:19:54

I went uni there n lived there for that 3 yrs with dd. love it and miss it. Brayford, steep hill, old town all great areas. Loads of good restaurants, lovely pubs n hotels. Friends there still.

LetMeAtTheWine Sat 11-Jan-14 17:06:55

I realise that this is an old thread but I have just found out we will be moving to lincoln in a few months due to Mr LetMe's job. I have never visited the area but am now looking forward to it! Am keeping my fingers crossed there is plenty to do with little ones too smile

Peacocklady Sat 11-Jan-14 17:19:52

Can I recommends dad's shop Ruddocks which is on the top end of the high street which sells a huge range of quality toys, stationery, art materials and gifts. It also has a traditional tea rooms where you can get an afternoon tea served on a cake stand with all the trimmings!

5HundredUsernamesLater Sat 11-Jan-14 17:38:06

I love Ruddocks! Always pop in for a browse when in Lincoln.

MrsStarwars Sat 11-Jan-14 18:37:13

Another lincolnite here! It's a great city, we love the castle/cathedral area. Is fab to be so near open countryside too. We enjoy lots if time in the great outdoors walking and cycling, my boys love seeing the red arrows and local air show.

Juvenilesuccess Sat 11-Jan-14 19:02:48

Peacocklady where's the tea room? Definitely one for me to check out!

GW297 Sat 11-Jan-14 19:12:53

The David Lloyd gym at Burton Waters is good. I like Lincoln (but also love York like the original OP.)

YouTheCat Sat 11-Jan-14 19:13:11

When in Lincoln it is obligatory to visit the Wig and Mitre.

I used to live in Sleaford, 15 miles south. grin

somewherewest Sat 11-Jan-14 19:14:22

Its been at the back of my mind to visit Lincoln at some point because I love ye ode cathedrals. What's the county like (apart from flat grin)?

GOLDENLiquidAngel Sat 11-Jan-14 20:10:22

Wow, quite a few lincoln people here! I like lincoln, it's a perfect size, not too big, not too small. The cathedral is beautiful, although having lived here for 5 years I've still not actually been in it. Must get round to that.

Also adding my shock to 'running up steep hill'... Are you mad? I used to walk/stagger/crawl up millman hill to go to the hospital when I was doing my nursing course and that was a killer, steep hill is even worse!

TiggyOBE Sat 11-Jan-14 20:30:55

I once stalked followed a goth lady down Steep Hill. She had 6 inch heeled platform boots on and I wanted to see what would happen. blush

Liked Lincoln. The countryside around looked dull and empty though.

Winchester is lovely. Pisses all over Salisbury.

LetMeAtTheWine Sat 11-Jan-14 21:40:21

It is nice to see so many people saying they like it. I am going to miss the coast though as have always lived close to it hmm
I also can honestly say, I have no intention of attempting to run up steep hill and I have never even seen it. It's all in the name I guess wink

Queenofknickers Sat 11-Jan-14 21:47:55

I lived there fir a bit. Agree about pie shop, wig and mitre and the old prison if you get chance. Steep hill is better tackled when drunk. In my experience that was pretty much it......

Kasterborous Sat 11-Jan-14 22:04:16

Ooh peacocklady I loved Ruddocks. I miss Lincoln, loved living there.

Peacocklady Sat 11-Jan-14 22:40:46

Ooh exciting to see a couple of people know Ruddock's! juvenilesuccess it's on the high street which is a pedestrianised shopping street. It's quite near the top heading towards steep hill. This is the website for the tea room:
It's upstairs in the shop overlooking the street. Lovely big windows!

SpanielFace Sat 11-Jan-14 22:52:48

Another Lincolnite here! I've lived here for 5 years and love it. It's such a friendly city, cheap to live, great schools, plenty of countryside, and not too far from the A1 and the rest of the country (at least compared to my hometown in rural Lincs, anyway!). My first proper date with DH was to Browns Pie Shop!

steff13 Sat 11-Jan-14 22:54:31

I thought you were going to say Abraham Lincoln. And you're right, his importance can never be overstated. smile

Puppypoppet Sat 11-Jan-14 23:14:37

I lived in the Lincolnshire Wolds until I was mid 30s. Back then Lincoln was my shopping destination of choice - way better than Grimsby or Scunthorpe (although Hull came close second)!!
DH's manager decided to run up Steep Hill back to the hotel, after numerous drinks on a works do, and collapsed in a heap at the top. Luckily he was ok after a few minutes rest.
However, I now live near York and I think York has the edge. Yes it is a lot busier, and can be gridlocked at times, but overall there is a much better choice of shops, attractions and good restaurants etc. The walls are amazing too - great for finding your bearings when new to the city. Also only a stones throw from Leeds and can soon be on the M1/A1/M62.

EdieBlizzard Sat 11-Jan-14 23:20:01

Hesterton -it's called Stuffed chine and it's delicious !

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Sat 11-Jan-14 23:22:48

Am from Lincolnshire. My dad used to run or cycle up steep hill (or so he likes to claim). I think I'd probably keel over and die.

It's nicer now, definitely worth a day trip, just awkwardly not near anything else/motorway. We drive through it on the way back to see family and I like doingIit at night when the cathedral is all lit up. It's got flying buttresses!

ElleCloughie Sat 11-Jan-14 23:29:12

Another Lincolnite here! I was born here, grew up in one of the surrounding villages and now live in the city. Reading back through this thread I cannot believe someone ran up Steep Hill. I can normally take it in one go when walking, but I foolishly attempted it while heavily pregnant with DD, and I think it nearly killed me. I also love Ruddocks, but haven't tried the coffee shop in there yet - but I do love the remodelling they've had done! I think it's easy to take the place you live for granted, which is why a couple of years ago on my birthday I decided to be all touristy, and spent the day doing the Castle and Cathedral, and had a lovely meal at the Wig & Mitre. One the downside, if you don't drive it can make life difficult as everything feels like a million miles away.

Rockclimbingtigger Sat 11-Jan-14 23:36:17

Another yellow belly here smile

I love Lincoln for a day out - although agree with steep hill. I usually end up hanging onto the rail halfway up!

I'm south of the county in a teeny village near spalding. It's pretty nice if you fancy a visit! Good shopping at springfields too smile

FurryScoob Sat 11-Jan-14 23:53:44

I'm from Lincoln too! Didn't know so many mumsnetters were from here.
I've never done the tourist stuff but after reading this tread maybe I should.
I would also recommend Browns pie shop to anyone visiting & the little chocolate shop on steep hill.

ladymariner Sun 12-Jan-14 01:08:22

furry the little chocolate shop is fab but even more fabulous is the sparkly jewellery shop 'Bling' next door to it.....simply cannot walk past there, its siren call hauls me in smile And the breakfasts at Cafe Zoot opposite the White Hart (which is a lovely old hotel where they filmed part of The Da Vinci Cde, and also where I went for a dirty weekend way back in the day ) are scrumptious. In fact there are just so many lovely little places in Lincoln, I love it.

Will definitely call in Ruddocks next time we visit, Peacock have never been in, please tell me where you are xx

chrome100 Sun 12-Jan-14 08:50:31

I went a couple of years ago for the first time and I was really impressed - it's really pretty! I live close to York and never go as it's just heaving with tourists, but Lincoln was just very pleasant.

Spottybra Sun 12-Jan-14 08:52:56

Lincoln is fab. I spent part of my childhood there. The castle, steep hill and the cathedral all have memories.

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