I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published September 20th 2013
Enjoy the sights of medieval Lincoln
Lincoln is a cathedral city in Lincolnshire with a lengthy history dating back to Roman times. The following walk is the best way to see the main sights of Lincoln in a short amount of time (less than an hour if no stops are made). Although not far in distance, the walk is mainly at an incline because the city's main attractions are located at the top of the aptly named Steep Hill.
Begin the walk at the Guildhall, which is a Tudor building at the bottom of the High Street. Follow the High Street past all the shops until it merges into Steep Hill.
On the walk up Steep Hill you will encounter many well-preserved medieval buildings (such as the 12th century Jew's House), as well as several unique specialty shops. The Imperial Tea Shop of Lincoln sells unique coffee and tea from around the world. It is also located in an old Norman building with a recently excavated medieval undercroft.
At the top of Steep Hill is a small plaza. To the right is the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and directly opposite to the cathedral is Lincoln Castle. Both of the sites were commissioned by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century to hold the two arms of power, church and state, on equal, if not opposing, ground.
The cathedral is open every day of the year. In the winter, doors open at 7.15am for morning prayer at 7.30 and close at 6.00pm. Evensong occurs every day at 5.30pm, except for Sunday Evensong, which is at 3.45pm. More details about visiting Lincoln and the cathedral are available here.