Friday, 17 May 2013

Guest Travel Blog post - The Beautiful City of Lincoln, England by Anne Cater.

My Blog visitor today is my book friend Anne. Please join me on her tour of Lincoln.
Welcome Anne!

I have lived within 20 minutes of Lincoln for all of my life.  I grew up just over the border in Nottinghamshire and moved across the Trent to Lincolnshire 18 years ago.
We are so lucky to have the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln on our doorstep, it really doesn’t matter how often I visit, there is always something to see and do.
Anne & Treez at Lincoln Cathedral
I have to start with the wonderful Gothic cathedral that can be seen for miles around, sitting high on the high, keeping guard over the city.  Building on the cathedral started in 1088 and for 238 years it was the highest building in the world.   Tours of the building take place every day, with roof top tours for the brave.
Just alongside the cathedral is Lincoln Castle, home of the Magna Carta and has recently undergone a lengthy restoration.  Free tours of the castle are available daily.  Lots of events are held at the castle throughout the year, one of my favourites being the Sausage Festival which is held every October.

Other buildings of note which are situated in the Cathedral Quarter are The Church of St Mary Magdale, Ellis Mill and Leigh Pemberton House.  It would be easy to spend the whole day in the Cathedral Quarter and regular tours are held.

As you travel down Steep Hill from the Cathedral and Castle (it’s not called Steep Hill for nothing – be warned), you enter what is known as the Cultural Quarter.   Again lots of quirky and ancient buildings, bursting with history.    Jews Court on Steep Hill is a 14th Century building and is the head office of the Lincolnshire History Society as well as housing a wonderful bookshop, full of interesting and sometimes very unusual books – factual and fiction.  Jews House, next door, is one of the oldest town houses in England and at the moment is the home of a high-class restaurant. 

As you descend Steep Hill, down to the more modern part of the city you will come across lots of quirky, individual and independent shops.   Selling everything from Lincolnshire sausages to designer handbags, this street is a shopper’s paradise.   Dotted along the way are cafes, tearooms and restaurants to suit any taste.   Everything from an English Breakfast to a Thai meal can be eaten along here.
Steep Hill meets the top of the High Street and this area is fast becoming known for its excellent

range of vintage and second-hand shops.   Both independent shops and charity shops are represented here and special mention has to be made of The St Barnabas Hospice Shop.  Their second floor is called The Attic and is a joy to visit.  Totally decked out with vintage furniture and fittings, it is a thrifty shopper’s dream land.    Mingling in with the old is the new and here you will find a wide range of high-end designer fashion, everything from Agnes B, Vivienne Westwood to Hugo Boss and Armani.   Again, if you get hungry or thirsty it’s not a problem with cakes to delight in the window of Patesserie Valerie or an Italian treat from Carluccios – all available here. 

The Attic – St Barnabas Hospice Shop

Lincoln High Street is where you will find the larger chain stores; Marks & Spencer, Primark, Waterstone’s, Topshop, and although these shops are less traditional, some of the buildings that house them are still beautiful – ancient and gothic.

Over the past few years, and especially since Lincoln University was opened, the City has gained more and more places to spend a night out.  The Brayford area has been transformed and now includes a multiplex cinema and a range of eating places including Nandos, ASK and Prezzo.

Art, theatre and music lovers are well catered for in the city too.

Lincoln Drill Hall is an arts and community venue, with a 500 seat auditorium and a cafĂ© bar.  An eclectic mix of jazz, dance, theatre, comedy and children’s workshops are hosted here, along with the yearly Beer Festival.

Lincoln Theatre Royal was built in 1893 and although small, is a popular venue to see pantomimes, musicals and concerts.

The Engine Shed is located on the University campus and is fast gaining a reputation for hosting up and coming performers alongside names such as the Stereophonics and Kasabian

Alongside the large Odeon multi screen cinema there is also The Venue – an independent digital cinema

This is just a small taste of what Lincoln has to offer. There are many more parts of the city – many tours, lots of open spaces and so much history.

Watch your choice of videos about the lovely City of Lincoln. Choose from the Steep Hill area Anne has spoken about or the Cathedral, or just take the scenic tour of the city in General. Three lovely videos to choose from.
 Cathedral Character Area 

Steep Hill

Views of Lincoln

Book recommendations - Books set in Lincoln.

Title - The Fleethaven Trilogy

Author - Margaret Dickinson

Publisher - Pan Macmillan

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Title - Dead Money (A Detective Inspector Paul Amos Lincolnshire Mystery)
Author - Rodney Hobson

Publisher - Endeavour

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For more details on the Beautiful City of Lincoln - Click here
For more details on the County of Lincolnshire - Click here

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