If there’s one city where I recommend an affordable trip in the UK with history, nightlife, good food and good wine, it is my old stomping ground. Lincoln is where I went to University, lived for 3 years of my life, where my boyfriend’s family live and it really holds a special place in my heart. I love it; it’s got a bit of everything for everyone.
Despite it being a bit of an arse to get to, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. When I first moved there I had a lot of people asking me where it was. It’s around an hour away from Nottingham and an hour South from Hull. It is only connected by A roads but with the 6 years I’ve been popping up the M6 and A46, the drive gets better and better. The drive is completely worth it, especially when you see the Cathedral on your drive. For the boyfriend and I, we know we are home once we see it!
A few nights away is perfect in Lincoln. If you stay in the city centre, prices can vary and generally are more expensive in the Bailgate area. The Bailgate area will guarantee you views of Lincoln Cathedral and Castle, surrounded by bars and restaurants, beautiful cobbled streets with unique boutiques and tearooms. One of my favourite hotels is the Old Palace with views of the Cathedral and beautiful suites. It definetely adds luxury into your stay. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always head down the hill to the Brayford Marina with the Hilton Doubletree on offer. With it’s fabulous electric bar, it has a stunning view looking out onto Lincoln which is perfect with an espresso martini!
One of my favourite parts of Lincoln is the amount of independent restaurants on offer. For the Italian loving pasta fan, there’s Gino’s located in the Bailgate that does the best carbonara. It’s my go-to and always used the the perfect date night for the Geek and I. Fancy Mexican? Tequilas in the Bailgate is perfect! If you fancy a challenge, head over to Ribs ‘N Bibs at the bottom of Steep Hill for mountains for ribs, sausages and anything with meat. Although it can be pricey you won’t be eating for a while afterwards! If you fancy something light Madame Waffle, located on the main high street, is a good shout for a sweet or savoury waffle. One of my other favourites is Cloud Bar where they do wonderful tapas and lightbites!
Going for a foodie adventure is perfect but there’s also a lot of different things to do in Lincoln. No trip is complete without visiting the Castle or the Cathedral. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon walking around the grounds and looking at the views. The best way to get there is conquering 2011 Best Named Street, Steep Hill. It’s exactly what it says on the tin and it’s pretty steep. I used to walk it every day to get to work and I never, ever got used to it. If you fancy breaking up the walk there is different tea rooms and shops to make it a little easier! One of my favourite past times in Lincoln on a Summer’s Day was sitting out on the Brayford Marina and watching the world go by. Although it gets busy in the sunny weather, it’s a great way to people watch and pass the time!
The retail therapy opportunities have increased dramatically in Lincoln over the past few years. Ironically, H&M finally arrived after I graduated and moved back to the Midlands. The main shopping centre, The Waterside, has been renovated and added more shops in it. As well as your high street favourites in the shopping centre and dotted across the high street, there’s a number of independent boutiques across the city. Perfect opportunity to get unique purchases!
I can’t recommend Lincoln enough for the perfect staycation. It’s one city that offers something for everyone and there’s always something to do there