Lincoln – A Grand Jewel of Britain
I have been lucky enough over the last couple of days to explore and take in some of the great things to see and do in Lincolnshire. A gorgeous county situated in the East Midlands of England, where to start? Well of course Lincoln, the capital city. The history hits you as soon as you enter through the old city walls and into the old town with wonderfully kept architecture. Dwarfing all is the magnificent Cathedral. A masterpiece of architecture.
The sheer size of Lincoln Cathedral is a sight to behold. Consecrated in 1092 after William the Conqueror had taken the throne of England and also built a castle not far away from the spot too. The castle as well as the Cathedral stands in the City today. Both would make more than a days learning and viewing.
Standing in front of the Cathedral itself alone one can only look on in wonder. The fine masonry, the history, the markings, but the size, beautifully preserved and kept. Wonderful! The remains of the original Norman Cathedral stand proud at the doorway, built up, round and upon over time giving us today one of the best and grandest historical buildings in Britain. If you want to learn lots more on the history and whats on before your visit you can read lots here.
What awaits as you step inside wether you are religious or not will make many a person gasp in wonder. Again, the size and detail all around with great preservation. Take the tours! The tour guides are experts in parting their knowledge and really enjoy it. It would be impossible to list here all the information and surprises I learned. The people connected over the centuries. Each step has a whole new story, be it the great font, the beautiful organ or the coloured glass windows letting the sunlight sprinkle onto the open floor. Your neck will be tested to its limit looking up at the detail on the ceiling and the figures on the arches/walls.
A second tour takes you up a tower towards the roof! Up the old steps, into and through the original Bishop’s quarters, therough the belfry and suddenly… way up high you are, stepping out onto the roof! Looking out over the Lincoln, the castle and beyond over miles of gorgeous green Lincolnshire landscape.
Out into the City there are old streets inviting you in to wander down and take a peek. The old town is idylic and has kept a great charm whilst the perception of a flat county falls on its face as you stroll down, or stroll/clamber up ‘Steep Hill’. Quaint indeed. Popular in many ways due to it having Norman houses still being used/lived in for instance Jew’s House. Old teashops, bookshops and pubs invite you in as you step along.
Just a short walk away is ‘The Lawn’. Look out for the signs as it is a hidden gem of an area. A building away from the roads full of quiet areas to sit or take refreshments. The home made cake with a coffee at Cafe Santuary certainly catered perfectly for my tastebuds. Or even go take a quirky break the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, a tropical paradise with a pond of huge Koi.
What a day, and hardly seen a small percentage of what Lincoln offers!