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Five hidden gems in Lincoln

Lincoln is quite a small city, with most of what it has to offer down one strip of the high street. However, if you know where to look you can find some cool places to add some excitement to your days/nights out.

1. Lincoln Arboretum

The arboretum is just a 15-minute walk outside the city centre and is a 22-acre green space that is a perfect spot for picnicking. It has fountains, lakes, and bridges throughout that make for a nice scenic walk, as well as a small café where you can pick up some light refreshments if you want to take a pit stop.

The arboretum is perfect for those spring/summer days where you don’t want to be stuck inside. I would personally recommend it in the run-up to exams, as it can be a peaceful, stress-free place to study without having to stare at the four walls of your room all day long.

2. Daisy Made Farm

Daisy Made Farm is a little further out of town, so a taxi, bus or car is probably needed to get there. Whilst not an everyday activity, Daisy Made is a fun one-off activity that is great for people of all ages, and perfect for when the family comes to visit you in Lincoln.

With fresh homemade ice-cream, including vegan and dairy-free options and several activities like crazy golf, go karting and a kids play area, there is definitely something for everyone. Even if you go for the ice cream alone, I promise you, you will not regret it.

3. Vice & Co

Branded as a ‘speakeasy’, this hidden bar is perfect for a semi-quiet night out with friends. Situated just off the high street (by Menkind), and under the disguise of a run-down TV store, the bar provides a chill atmosphere and includes an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

And whilst some of the cocktails are a bit on the pricey side, especially for a student, the staff members are very welcoming, and on a special occasion like a birthday or celebration, it is a great place to make a spectacular night.

4. Bab to Go

Looking for good street food? Look no further than Bab to Go!

It is perhaps my favourite eatery in the whole of Lincoln, with good quality authentic Korean food, at a low price. Situated on Monks Road, directly across from Lincoln College, Bab to Go offers several dishes including pork, beef, chicken, and tofu, all served on a choice of rice or noodles. At just £6.50 for a large portion and extras like dumplings and kimchi costing as little as £1, it is a must-eat in Lincoln.

The customer service is as good as the food, as I am always greeted with a big smile and good conversation with the owner whenever I go in, which just makes the whole experience better.

5. Akēdo

A bar for those of us who like to game, and for those of us who don’t, Akēdo offers retro and new Play Station and Nintendo games.

From just £5 entry you have access to thousands of games like, Fifa, Street Fighter and Mario Kart (because who doesn’t love Mario Kart), so you can play with friends or even get competitive with complete strangers! It’s a fun night out that won’t break the bank.

 

In short, these are a few of my favourite places in Lincoln, and if you’re stuck for what to do, you should definitely give one of these places a go!