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A Walk Up Lincoln's Steep Hill

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by Erin (subscribe)
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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.

Half-way up Steep Hill. Photo by Erin Connelly.


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.

Imperial Tea Shop of Lincoln
47 Steep Hill
01522 560008

Imperial Tea Shop of Lincoln. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The award-winning Brown's Pie Shop is the perfect place to stop for lunch. The restaurant is squeezed into a medieval cave-like building and is easy to miss if you're not looking out for it.

Brown's Pie Shop
33 Steep Hill
01522 527330

Brown's Pie Shop. Photo by Erin Connelly.


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.

Lincoln Castle. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Lincoln Castle is currently undergoing massive renovation work until 2015. The castle is still open for visitors, but parts of it may be obscured by scaffolding or construction works.

Lincoln Cathedral. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Inside Lincoln Cathedral. Photo by Erin Connelly.


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.

Lincoln Cathedral. Photo by Erin Connelly.
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Why? Enjoy the sights of medieval Lincoln
When: All year
Where: Steep Hill, Lincoln, LN2 1LU
Cost: Free; possible entry fees
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Wow. I just read a book about Lincoln Cathedral, as the mother church on the hill. It makes sense now I've seen / read this!
by Cressida Ryan (score: 2|104) 1578 days ago
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