Visit Lincoln

Lincoln is a great, safe and student-centred city. The winning combination of a vibrant city centre and its historic quarter, both with a broad range of cultural activities and venues make Lincoln a fantastic environment in which to live and study.

History and Heritage

Lincoln has a long and fascinating history, which is evident from the sites of interest and beautiful architecture in the city.

Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe and is a landmark that can be seen for miles around.  Lincoln Castle is home to the Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as theCharter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place in the World where you can see the two documents together! For more information about Lincoln’s history go to the Lincoln Story.


Bijou shops

Lincoln offers a great shopping experience, with a host of well-known high street brands in the city centre. Boutiques and specialist shops can be found on Steep Hill as well as in the cobbled streets of the Bailgate.

Britain's Great Street 2012Lincoln’s two thousand year-old Steep Hill has recently been awarded the prestigious title of Britain’s “Great Street 2012” by the Academy of Urbanism. Forming part of the Roman route from the University’s main campus to the Cathedral, the historic street has a one in seven gradient and is celebrated for its bijou boutiques and independent shops. The cobbled streets, proximity to Lincoln Cathedral and ancient buildings make it popular with tourists too.

Craft fairs, farmers’ markets and Lincoln’s world-famous Christmas Market offer local foods, handmade crafts and unique gifts.

Stage and Screen

Odeon Cinema

Film enthusiasts can watch the latest blockbusters at the nine-screen Odeon cinema, whilst the Lincoln Film Club features a more avant-garde offering.

If you enjoy something more theatrical, the Theatre Royal and Lincoln Drill Hall offer a programme of national and local drama throughout the year. As does the University’s own Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), which hosts comedy, dance, drama and music performances from touring companies and students.

Arts and Culture

Lincoln offers a rich and diverse arts scene with public art, galleries and studios across the city. These include the Usher Art Gallery and the Sam Scorer Gallery.

The city also has a number of museums, including the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire.

Sports and Leisure

Sports Centre

The city caters to all your sporting needs with various fitness and leisure centres, swimming pools, parks and local sporting clubs.

The University has its own Sports and Recreation Centre and you can sign up to any of our clubs or teams. Within this, students are given the opportunity to compete in inter-university BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) tournaments in a wide range of sports.

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of clubs and societies including football, surfing, cheerleading, drama and an orchestra to name but a few. For further information go to

Eating Out

Brayford at night

From high street chains such as Pizza Express and Nando’s to independent restaurants offering Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and traditional English, you will be spoilt for choice when eating out in Lincoln.


The Engine Shed

Lincoln offers a wide selection of bars, pubs and clubs. On the main Brayford Pool campus, you will find the University’s Engine Shedand Tower Bars, which host live music, comedy nights, socials, parties and balls.

The Engine Shed is Lincoln’s largest live music and entertainment venue, attracting big name artists. Recent acts to appear included Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, Jason Manford, Russell Kane, Sarah Millican, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green and Annie Mac.

Places to Stay

When you come to visit, you can take advantage of the variety of hotels in Lincoln, whether it be a large nationally recognised chain on the waterfront or a boutique hotel in the Bailgate. There are also lots of places to visit – Lincoln Cathedral is a must!

Further Afield

Lincoln is within easy access of cities including London, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds, with good rail and road links. London Kings Cross station is two hours away by train. The city’s central location allows for easy access to a number of airports such as East Midlands, Doncaster and Sheffield for domestic, European and international flights.

The seaside resorts of Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Sutton are only an hour away. Why not try kite surfing, sandcastle building or simply walking along the dunes?


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