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The Capital City of Lincolnshire


There has been a settlement in Lincoln England since before Roman times.

In the first century it became a Roman stronghold.  The Fosse Way was a Roman road stretching from Devon to Lincolnshire.  The Romans built the canal, Fosse Dyke, to connect the River Trent to the River Witham at Brayford Pool.  Brayford Pool is a widening of the River Witham which looks like a lake and is in the middle of the city. The road and the canal were used by the Romans to ship goods and supplies.

After the 4th century, the Romans left England and the town went into decline. It increased in importance during Viking times and was again an important trading center.

The town's prominence again increased when William the Conqueror ordered the building of the castle on the hill in 1068 just two years after the Norman Invasion. The castle was built on the same hill as the Roman fort had been. Then in 1072 he ordered the building of a cathedral on the same hill. The cathedral was used for the filming of The Da Vinci Code. Just a few steps south of the cathedral is the Bishop's Palace. It was built in the 12th century and today is in ruins. It is still worth a look and it still has its walled garden.

The city has another claim to fame.  The Christmas Market is the second largest Christmas Market in the world.  The first weekend in December is a magical time to visit for a glimpse of a Dickens style Christmas.  Both the cathedral and the castle are lit up during this time and make a wonderful backdrop to the market.  You can also see a performance of Handel's Messiah in the cathedral at this time.

Lincoln England has a Museum of Lincolnshire Life where you can see re-enactments, demonstrations of life during Victorian times and life during World War II.  Next door to the museum is a working  18th century windmill.

Boat Trips on Brayford Pool

Take a boat trip on Brayford Pool aboard the Brayford Belle or with Cathedral City Cruises.

The Brayford Belle is a double decker boat. Sailing times are:

10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, plus later trips in the summer months.

The departure mooring is at the bottom of Lucy Tower Street. Or you can hire a motorboat and be your own skipper.

Cathedral City Cruises offers cruises in the enclosed comfort of "MV City of Lincoln Departure times are:

11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm

The departure mooring is adjacent to the Royal William Pub and Odean Cinema. If you like you can stop for lunch at the Pyewipe Inn and take a later boat back.

There is an abundance of places to eat and hotels within walking distance of the castle and cathedral. There are many attractions near Lincoln which include Mrs Smith's Cottage and Doddington Hall.

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