Living in Lincoln
We’re talking history, culture and student nights in this comprehensive guide to Lincoln, discover it all below!
Lincoln is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, located in the East Midlands that has both rural and historic charm; its historical inhabitants include Roman army veterans, Vikings, Norman conquerors, the Bishops of Lincoln and Empress Matilda. The city is located 74 miles from Leeds, 98 miles from Birmingham and 141 miles from London, however it has a rare geographic position as it is informally split by residents into uphill and downhill Lincoln. The city’s landmarks include Lincoln Cathedral, an example of English Gothic architecture and the world’s tallest building or over 200 years. It also has the medieval Bishop’s Palace, and the 11th Century Norman Lincoln Castle, making it a tourist centre for those who want to visit historic buildings and learn about the city’s historical background.
What is Lincoln famous for?
Lincoln Castle was built as a fortress by order of William the Conqueror in the 11th century and one of only four surviving Magna Carta documents are preserved within its walls. The standout features of Lincoln are its English Gothic Cathedral and Norman Castle, and these dominate the local architecture.
The city is famously divided into uphill and downhill areas, with the former historical quarter being home to the Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the Medieval Bishop’s Palace. The latter includes the city centre, and suburbs to the south and south west. This divide was due to class distinction, with the uphill area being more affluent than the downhill area. The distinction dates from the time of the Normal Conquest where the religious and military elite occupied the hilltop.
Lincoln is also famous as English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton was born in a manor house at Woolsthorpe, near Grantham, in 1642. This is where he made his discoveries about light and gravity during the plague years of 1666-7. Visitors can see the National Trust property and are able to see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity from one of the bedroom windows.
The population of Lincoln in 2021 is estimated to be around 106,000. Understandably, with its university being a huge part of it, the most common age group in Lincoln is the 20-24 year old.
The average house price in Lincoln currently in 2021 stands at £227,528, which has seen an increase of 3.04% compared to the previous year.
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Canwick, Dunston, Bassingham, and Waddington are the best neighbourhoods to live in at Lincoln in terms of safety.
Canwick is half-mile south-east of Lincoln’s city centre, perched on the crest of the Lincolnshire Limestone escarpment that overlooks the city. It has historically had significant ties to Lincoln, most notably at the church site, where evidence of a Roman villa has been discovered. Several manors in Canwick in the middle ages belonged to men with Lincoln links, including the bishop of Lincoln.
A small village located in south-east Lincoln, Dunston has one of the highest ownership of properties in the county of Lincolnshire, which means it is more of an affluent neighbourhood. Its most popular activities are the outdoor swimming pools, such as Metheringham and Billingham Swimming Pools.
Bassingham is a civil parish and village, which is defined by River Witham to the west and River Brant to the east, which makes it a good location for peaceful walks with beautiful sceneries. If you are a fan of greenery and open places, living in Bassingham will be a good choice.
A further civil parish and village, Waddington is known for its association with the Royal Air Force Station Waddington, one of the oldest airfields in the UK. It also has two of the popular primary schools in Lincolnshire, and is part of the Redwood Drive Shopping Centre that offers a range of facilities.
Is Lincoln a Safe City?
Lincoln has some safer areas, where the population is mostly students, its crime rate is nothing compared to Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester or London. In December 2019, 360 crimes were recorded within Lincoln City Centre. In 2014, Lincoln was rated as bottom of one of the least safe places to live, according to crime statistics.
Is Lincoln a nice place to live?
Lincoln has been officially declared the 5th happiest place to live and work in the UK, according to a study by the independent job board CV-Library. The study of 2,000 working professionals found that 63% of professionals in the city felt happy everyday – above the national average of 59%. Lincoln beat Manchester, London, Birmingham, and Belfast to 5th place. 83% of professionals in Lincoln also said that they have a good work-life balance, evident by living and enjoying the working environment of a heritage city and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The city also has a big cultural area with historical sites, museums, galleries, golf clubs, parks, cycling routes and the natural coast nearby with seaside resorts. Lincoln was also rated one of the best places to live in the Midlands and the UK, according to the 2018 Sunday Times list, using data on jobs, schools and house prices.
Is Lincoln a good place to work?
An average salary for Lincoln is ranging between 28.7k and 32.1k, and there are plenty of areas to have a career in. The major industry today is booming in the areas of public administration, education and health, with a quarter of the workforce involved in distribution, restaurants and hotels.
Lincoln is ideal for families, as its state grammar schools have excellent reputations. The school system in Lincoln is irregular within Lincolnshire despite being part of the same local education authority (LEA), as most of the county retained the grammar-school system. The Lincolnshire LEA was ranked 32nd in the country, with most pupils attaining at least 5 A-C grades at GCSE including Maths and English (62.2% compared with a national average of 58.2%). There are also four special needs school in Lincoln, Fortuna Primary School (5-11 years old), Sincil Sports College (11-16), St Christopher’s School (3-16) and St Francis Community Special School (2-18).
There are three secondary schools that have received a five-star rating, the top school was Lincoln’s The Priory Academy LSST which is located within the south of the city on Cross O’Cliff Road and specialises in science and technology. The other two school were Welton’s William Farr CofE Comprehensive School and the Lincoln Minister School. However, only one primary school was listed with Hartsholme Academy achieving a full five-star rating. The second was Lincoln Monks Abbey Primary School of Monks Road, rated at four stars alongside the third best primary school with Sir Francis Hill Community School on Tritton Road.
There are good travel connections to the rest of the UK including London, Leeds and Birmingham. With lower than average house prices, a good mix of shops, historical city centre and the choice of urban or rural living.
There are direct train services that reach London in just two hours. Lincoln Central is located on St Mary’s Street and connects with destinations along the Nottingham, Doncaster, Cleethorpes, Peterborough, Stevenage, Sheffield and Newark lines. The destinations from its five platforms include Newark-on-Trent, Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield, Nottingham, Grimsby and Peterborough. London North Eastern Railway runs services to London’s King’s Cross, calling at Newark, Peterborough and Stevenage.
Lincoln’s medieval centre means it is not well adapted to cars, therefore it is easier to use the bus services to access the inner city. The A15 runs the entire length of Lincolnshire, with the old Roman Road, Fosse Way A46 connects to the A1 dual carriageway. The B1190 partly forms the county boundary between Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, and runs through Lincoln and meets the A46 bypass.
Lincoln offers a HireBike scheme that is located on the Bratford Waterfront, outside the Royal William IV pub, where you can rent a bike for free for up to 30 minutes. The Water Rail Way also offers an off-road cycle path that follows 33 miles of the River Witham.
Humberside Airport is the closest airport to Lincoln, located just 29 miles north of Lincoln and is the only airport located in the county, it has a small number of flights mainly to hub airports such as Amsterdam Doncaster Sheffield Airport. This also serves Lincoln, mainly for low-cost airlines and lies just outside the East Midlands Region in South Yorkshire. All major London airports are three hours away by train or can be reached by car via the A1. East Midlands Airport, 43 miles from Lincoln is the main international airport serving the county, handling European flights with low-cost airlines.
Lincoln is landlocked, located North West within Lincolnshire. However, there are canal trips allowing you to enjoy the sights of the Lincolnshire county and the countryside from a different perspective around a 50-minute guided canal trip, this has commentary about its past and present. The county of Lincolnshire is served by the Fossdyke canal, an ancient waterway of Roman origin and connects the River Trent and the River Witham.
Where is the closest Airport in Lincoln?
Lincolnshire has its own airport Humberside Airport in the north of the country at Kirmington, a former Royal Air Force bomber airfield, between Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Lincoln and is just 45 minutes by road. It has good connections to Aberdeen and Amsterdam (Schiphol) Airport. Several others are fairly easily accessible by either road or rail. Humberside Airport is located 25.5 miles, Doncaster Sheffield Airport 25.8 miles, Nottingham Airport 30.9 miles, East Midlands Airport 42.8 miles, located just 75 minutes by road, with good connections to Barcelona, Belfast, Brussels and Frankfurt. For visitors flying to the UK and aiming to fly up to Lincoln, there are easy ways to get to the city from major airports nearby and across the country. There is also Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster Sheffield), located 35 miles west of Lincoln, and only one hour by road, with good connections to Eastern and Southern Europe. Birmingham Airport is located 80 miles west of Lincoln, one hour 45 minutes by road, and has good connections to Iceland, Ireland and the USA.
Where is the closest Hospital in Lincoln?
There are several hospitals within Lincoln, the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincoln Country Hospital, the local BMI Lincoln Hospital and Lincoln Hospital Physio.
How to commute to London
Accessibility to the rest of the UK is very easy from Lincoln, as it easily links to Europe via London’s major airports or the nearby Humberside Airport, which connects residents to Amsterdam. There are more than 30 trains a day between London and Lincoln, but most journeys involve changing trains at least once. London Northeastern Railways (LNER) run services from London King’s Cross to Lincoln with one change to an East Midlands Trains service at Newark North Gate. Trains leave Kings Cross about every half hour from before 6am to after 9:30pm and these take about between two and three hours. East Midlands trains also leave frequently from St Pancras International Station and have at least one change along the way.
The fastest National Express Coach from London to Lincoln takes 5 hours 10 minutes. There are only two departures each way between London Victoria Coach Station and Lincoln City Bus Station.
If you are travelling by car, Lincoln is 143 miles directly north of London via the A1(M) and the A1. You will have to plan for a drive of at least three hours.
In Lincoln there are three main universities: The University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University, and Lincoln College. The main University has a variety of options for student accommodation in the city, with a Student Village to University-managed developments and partnership halls just off-campus. There is a popular app called Moovit that can help you find the best way to get to the University of Lincoln with step-by-step directions, it also provides free maps and live directions to help you navigate through your city. You can get to the University of Lincoln by Train or Bus, regular buses include the no. 1, 100, 26, 47 or 8534 but you can also use East Midlands Trains.
Is Lincoln a student city?
There are two public universities, the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University, making the city a great place to live and study, with most places within walking distance of the University. Students ranked Lincoln in the top 20 per cent of UK universities for a good social life in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.
Are the Universities safe in Lincoln?
Rated 30 of 118 in the list of safest cities for students, with a rating of 80.2%. Lincoln is a fantastic place to study, with the University of Lincoln becoming one of the most popular choices for students.
Lincoln Must Sees
International Bomber Command Centre
The multi award winning IBCC is a must see if you are in Lincoln. It has been rated as the number 1 out of 88 things to do in Lincoln by trip advisor due to its facility to serve as a place of commemoration and acknowledgement through covering the stories of those who suffered during the Second World War as a result of all the bombing campaigns. There are different events that friends and families will enjoy going to.
Doddington Hall & Gardens
The Doddington Hall and Gardens is a very interesting place to wander at, with more than 40 years of an unbroken family that resulted in a charming collection of furniture, ceramics, textiles, household objects, and a lot of amusing stories that will be found all over the Doddington Hall. It is a very unique insight to see how family life got developed through the ages. Not only it is a tour inside the hall, but also it hosts many events, including craft workshops. It is suitable for all ages, in which it has nice shops, including a farm shop, home store, and giant bike shop, and make sure to stop by and have an afternoon tea with a charming setting of Doddington Restaurant. If you are on a holiday to Lincoln, they also provide holiday cottages that are perfect for getaways and flexible stays.
The collection, and award winning archaeology museum, is the main museum and gallery of the county of Lincolnshire located in the heart of Lincoln. There are different interactive and interesting exhibitions, talks, events, and tour guides that suit all age groups. Evening tours are available, but only with request!
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Enough of the historical must see; it is now time to experience more of the nature and wildlife of Lincoln that has been rated as one of the top things to visit in Lincoln. Natureland is known for rescuing and rehabilitating all injured or orphaned seal pups that have been stranded on all Lincolnshire beaches. However, there is much more to see than this, Natureland has a pet corner, a tropical house, and many other animals to meet.
Entertainment in Lincoln
Tensions Twisted Reality
If you are up for a little adventure and some fun challenges, make sure you pop up at Tensions Twisted Reality. They offer 6 award-winning escape rooms, 4 virtual reality booths, and 2 VR headsets, which provide a variety of entertainment that suits all ages.
Jump Inc. Trampoline Park
With their student deals, carers’ discounts, armed forces discounts, group deals, and many more offers, we can say that Jump Inc. Park is a perfect entertainment spot for every age. Additionally, it offers many parties and activities with an exclusive hire to celebrate a big party.
New Theatre Royal Lincoln
The theatre offers a different range of shows that suits different age groups. From shows including UK Pink Floyd Experience, to dance performances and Rapunzel shows, the theatre has many different show listings that have a different group of audiences. What is more exciting than a place that has won the London Civic Award in 2021/21, which is mainly awarded to an organization that has brought a lot of credit to the city?
In December, the Bailgate area holds an annual Christmas Market in and around the Castle grounds. This is also shaped by the traditional German-style Christmas markets as found in cities, including Lincoln’s twin town Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The annual Christmas market draws in more than 250,000 people to the city every year, however there are many street markets throughout the year. In 2010, for the first time in its history, the event was cancelled due to atrocious snowfalls across the most of the United Kingdom.
There are many fans in Lincoln for their professional football team, The Imps, that play games at the Sincil Bank Stadium, playing here since 1895. The city is also home to Lincoln City FC and Lincoln United FC.
There is also the Lincoln Sausage Festival, cooking demonstrations, live music and food stalls in the castle square, a family friendly event which is always very popular.
There are other tranquil destinations close by such as Whisby Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country park including the Swanholme Lakes SSSI. There is also noisier entertainment such as the Waddington Airfield, Scampton Airfield base of the RAF’s Red Arrows jet aerobatic team, the County Showground or the Cadwell Park motor racing circuit near Louth. Lincoln’s rural surroundings are also home to the Whitby Nature Reserve, exploring its wildlife, lakes, family walks or café. You can also visit Hartsholme Country Park campsite for a weekend in the wild.
Shopping is very varied, you can go up Steep Hill or explore Bailgate for independent boutique and antique outlets in a historic, cobbled setting. You can also visit St Mark’s square retail complex, the High Street, or Waterside Shopping Centre.
Lincoln has a variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes in both its historic quarter and urban areas. Favourites include The Bronze Pig local produce and Bunty’s Tearoom for cake, however there is also the Brayford Waterfront Quarter for contemporary restaurants and bars, as well as a cinema for meals and blockbusters.
In 2011, Lincolnshire was voted the country’s food capital, beating Cornwall to the title. A public vote with British Food Fortnight helped put Lincoln’s traditional county foods such as plum loaf, stuffed chine and pigs fry well on the map.
What are the best Bars in Lincoln?
The best bars include: Five Bells Bassingham, Vice & Co, The Strait and Narrow, The Strugglers Inn, Prince of Wales Inn, Lincoln, Batemans The Treaty of Commerce, Jolly Brewer, The West End Tap, Golden Eagle, The Curiosity Shop, Hop and Barley Micropub, White Hart Hotel, Room Bar, Fox and Hounds, The Engine Shed, The Rogue Saint.
Here are some of the top 5 Wine and Cocktail bars in Lincoln:
Forest Pines Dining
A range of restaurants and bars with stunning views of North Lincolnshire at the DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort.
The Brayford View
A waterfront var and restaurant at the Holiday Inn Lincoln, serving international food, a wide range of drinks, and live sports shown throughout the day.
60s theme burger bar in the basement of The Lincoln Hotel, very close to Lincoln Cathedral.
A unique bar on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, with a view Lincoln’s Brayford Waterfront, this bar serves coffee and afternoon tea through the day, and cocktails at night.
Room Bar, at the White Hart Hotel, is a cocktail bar that serves the best cocktails, champagnes and wines, and great beers from around the world.
There is a variety of student nightlife within Lincoln, allowing it to be a diverse and great night out, for students and locals. Here are some of the best student nightclubs:
A lively bar and club in the heart of Lincoln’s city centre, and only a short walk from the Brayford Waterfront.
MOKA & Shack
This club has great sound and lighting effects, visuals and entertainment, making it a great clubbing experience.
Trebles & Liquor
This is called the go-to bar for the ultimate start to your night out in Lincoln.
Fever & Boutique
Twin scene bar and nightclub on Lincoln High Street, it has two rooms and two DJs making it one huge party under one roof.
Dance into the night in this historic venue at Circle.
What are the Best Student Nights in Lincoln?
There are also many great nights out for students in Lincoln, here are the best student nights out:
This is the night where students make their way to LoveDough, this is a student night created by a former Lincoln Film and TV student Dumi Siwo. It has a cool atmosphere with chilled R&B and hip-hop music with celebrity visits, which in the past has included Big Narstie and Chip.
A Tuesday night at Union Tuesdays based at Home is a great night, where there are six different rooms with different music in each one. There is something for everyone, especially with its cheesy music on the ‘cheesy floor’.
Quack! is a night hosted by the Students’ Union at the newly refurbished Engine Shed, and has the cheesiest pop music. It’s a good place to party on a budget and if you decide to join a society, Quack! is also where you’ll go for your socials. Each night has a different theme where you can dress up.
Entourage is another student night at Home nightclub where you can expect hip hop, R&B, house and chart music in all six rooms.
In Lincoln, Friday nights are great at Superbull! There are two floors of chart, funky and house music on the top floor and R&B, hip hop, bassment and afrobeats on the bottom floor.
For those who are more into rock, Saturday night at Propaganda is a great night, hosted by the Engine shed, it’s perfect for those who love alternative music and are on a budget.
After a week of clubbing Sunday is a day for relaxation, most students and locals can enjoy a more quiet and relaxed night.
- Lincoln Cathedral
- Lincoln Castle
- Steep Hill
- Museum of Lincolnshire Life
- The Collection
- Hartsholme Country Park
- Lincoln Christmas Market
- Brayford Pool
- Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ palace
- Lincoln Drill Hall Theatre & Arts Centre
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