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Introducing Lincoln

An undervisited delight, Lincoln’s tightly knotted core of cobbled streets and majestic medieval architecture is enough to leave visitors breathless, albeit as much for its thigh-pumping slopes as the superb stonework and timber-framed treasures to be found there. Uptown Lincoln is crowned by an extraordinary hill-topping cathedral, an unusual Norman castle and compact Tudor streets, although the town then tumbles down the hillside losing charm and picking up modern pace as it goes. At the hill’s base, the university breathes life into a waterfront quarter where bars are positioned to watch boats come and go. While there’s little to keep you for a longer stay, Lincoln has a welcoming aura and enough cultural clout in its centre to keep you very happy for a day or two at a stretch.