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Things to do in Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Lincoln is steeped in history, and brimming with life. Look back over 2,000 years of history and discover the city's Roman, Norman, Medieval, Tudor and Georgian heritage.

In the first century the city was called Lindum Colonna and inhabited by demobbed Roman legionnaires and their families. One of the most visible remains of this period is Newport Arch built by the Romans over Ermine Street and still in use by traffic today.

Few cathedrals in England are as awe inspiring as Lincoln Cathedral - started in 1072; the original building was damaged by fire and earthquake. Apart from the Norman West Front, the existing Cathedral is largely 12th and 13th century. William the Conqueror's castle dates from 1068, the medieval ramparts give magnificent views over Lincoln. Unique Victorian Prison Chapel and King John's 1215 Magna Carta (one of only four in existence).

The Guildhall an ancient Council Chamber contains Lincoln's civic Insignia, considered the finest collection of civic regalia outside London.

The Usher Gallery is a major venue for all aspects of the fine and decorative arts. Here you can see fine collections of works by Peter de Wint, topographical paintings, and memorabilia connected with the poet Tennyson.

Medieval Bishops Palace - the remains of the Palace of the Bishops of Lincoln. Exhibition in the Anwick Tower, vaulted undercroft and vineyard.

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, features an agricultural and industrial collection of national repute, also period room settings and shops.

Lincoln mixes quality tourist shopping in the 'Uphill' historic area, with a modern pedestrianised city centre 'Downhill' which boasts all the big names.

You can enjoy refreshments in historic surroundings such as the coffee shop at Lincoln Cathedral, tea in garden tea rooms, good pub food at some of the city's inns and a choice of restaurants and hotels serving dinner.

Lincoln offers walking tours of the city as well as guided ghost walks, boat trips and parks and gardens to relax in.

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