Exploring Lincoln In a Day

May 25, 2018

As I have finally finished my first year of university, I have finally begun to enjoy the summer of. My friend Rachel invited me up to visit her in Lincoln (where she is at university), and in addition to a good catch up, this was the perfect opportunity to witness the beauty of this city.

university of lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral

  • Building commenced in 1088, completed in 1092
  • Lincoln Cathedral was considered the worlds highest building for nearly 240 years, following the Pyramids of Giza
  • The third biggest cathedral in Britain (after St. Pauls and York Minister)
  • Lincoln Cathedral did have 3 spires, which have now been lost
  • Holds a copy of the Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215 to ensure the well being and human rights of the people in England, disregarding the intentions of the King.

As soon as I saw this building I was memorised – this made exploring Lincoln so worth it. Considering how long ago this was built, the intricacy of the stonework was truly beautiful. The best thing about seeing it in person was the ability to see the sheer magnitude of the building, establishing its place as one of the greatest historical landmarks in Britain.

lincoln cathedral
lincoln cathedral
lincoln cathedral
lincoln cathedral

Steep Hill

  • The name comes from the gradient of the hill, which is 14%
  • Built by the Romans

When looking at Steep Hill, the initial feeling is “oh God” as you know the inevitability of either walking up or down it. I must have looked like such a tourist, hanging onto the rails for dear life, trying not to trip on the cobbled path. The most amusing thing is the ease locals have with the pathway, as it is not a challenge at all.

steep hill
steep hill
steep hill

Medieval Bishop’s Palace

  • Built in the late 12th century
  • Showed the power of Bishops during the Medieval period
  • Damaged during the Civil War (1639) and never fully restored
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Although this was shut to the public when I visited due to conservation, it was still lovely to see the remains of this palace. Even though the full palace no longer exists, the palace still shows the importance religion had in England, and Europe at the time.

Greestone Stairs

  • The arch considered to be “the most haunted place in Lincoln”
  • Important road in the 12th century, linked medieval suburbs together
  • In the 1600s, many of the cathedral cleaners lived in the cottages alongside these stairs
greestone stairs
greestone stairs

After spending the day exploring Lincoln, I can definitely understand why it is such a beautiful tourist attraction and would love to visit again, making a trip to also visit Lincoln Castle and anywhere else I have missed as there is a lot to see.

Credit to my friend Rachel for her stunning photos of Lincoln, if you would like to see more feel free to visit her pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelHardingPhotography/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelhardingphotography/

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  • Reply
    Gail Henderson
    May 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    This is so interesting to read Sophia, as I am going to Lincoln next weekend for the first time. I’m looking forward to even more now. Xx

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      May 25, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Go glad I could help! Such a beautiful city, have fun!xx

  • Reply
    May 26, 2018 at 4:26 am

    The photos are beautiful x

  • Reply
    May 27, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Never actually been to Lincoln but it looks so beautiful – reminds me of Durham! x

    • Reply
      June 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      What ?

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    May 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Great post – congrats on finishing your first year! πŸ™‚ What an accomplishment! That cathedral is absolutely stunning – such great pics!
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      Sophia Patel
      May 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much! So beautiful I know!!xx

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    May 27, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I visited Lincoln for a day trip last month and loved it! Such a pretty little place – Steep Hill was definitely a challenge!! X

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      May 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Ah it’s beautiful isn’t it? Definitely, so rewarding when every time you’ve completed it though!x

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