Must-dos before leaving Lincoln

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our university work that three years go by and we run out of time to truly experience the wonderful place we have been living in. This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything you should do in Lincoln before you finish your final year, just a few examples of what the city has to offer.

Lincoln Cathedral and Castle

It goes without saying that you should visit Lincoln Cathedral and Castle at least once in your time here, but I’d recommend making a point to visit more often than that. For example, the Christmas Market is a great time to visit and walk all the way around, as well as doing the Castle Wall Walk at night while it is lit up. But the wall walk is available all year and can offer an amazing view of the city on a nice day. As well as that, the castle grounds are a great place for a picnic during the summer.

Daisy Made Farm

Daisy Made Farm is a bit further out from the city centre, but definitely worth the visit. The cafe sells real dairy ice cream made fresh on the farm, and outside you can see and meet a number of animals, including cows, goats, and bunnies. Make sure to have a go at the 12-hole themed crazy golf course too.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is a lovely place to visit, whether you are just walking through, stopping for a short time, or going for a picnic. It is a park of Grade II historical importance, and full of beautiful plants and trees, as well as a couple of ponds. The Arboretum also has its own cafe so it can be perfect for spending an afternoon. 

Boat Tours

If you are looking to do something a bit different, there are a number of canal boat tours located throughout Lincoln, which can be the perfect opportunity to see the place you live from a different perspective. 

The Usher Gallery and The Collection

The Usher Gallery, alongside the Collection, displays a variety of fine art and contemporary exhibitions throughout the year. They also regularly put on talks and events to add to your experience. Not only that, but both galleries are free to enter, making them budget-friendly places to visit. They are also surrounded by a sculpture garden which makes for a great walk outside on a nice day. 

Food and Drink

You don’t need me to tell you that Lincoln is full of great places to eat and drink, but there are a few places that I believe deserve a special mention. First of all, Coffee Cats houses seven beautiful rescue cats, each with their own biography on the cafe’s website. The cafe’s admission fee helps to support the long term care of its feline residents, and they offer a loyalty card scheme for frequent visitors. 42ND East Bakehouse the New York-style bakehouse located in Waterside shopping centre offers a huge variety of treats, such as cookie pies and brownie burritos which are a definite must-try. Finally, GO Gelato offers tons of flavours of gelato and sorbet, as well as speciality milkshakes, sundaes, waffles, and coffee. 

Fun Activities

If you are looking for something a little more fun to do with friends, there are a number of places to go. For example, Escape Lincoln has a wide variety of escape rooms for groups to complete and is located near the High Street. Alternatively, you might like to try axe-throwing at Axed Lincoln or trampolining at Jump Inc. There is also the new Arcade Warehouse featuring over 100 arcade games alongside a bar and cafe.

There are lots more great places to visit in Lincoln, but these are my top picks!

Learn more about them here:

  1. Lincoln Cathedral
  2. Lincoln Castle
  3. Daisy Made Farm
  4. The Arboretum
  5. Boat Tours
  6. The Usher Gallery
  7. The Collection
  8. Coffee Cats
  9. 42ND East Bakehouse
  10. GO Gelato
  11. Escape Lincoln
  12. Axed Lincoln
  13. Jump Inc.
  14. Arcade Warehouse