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Living in Lincoln

We’re talking history, culture and student nights in this comprehensive guide to Lincoln, discover it all below!

What and where is Lincoln?

Lincoln’s population

House prices in Lincoln

Best neighbourhoods in Lincoln

Schools in Lincoln

Travelling in and around Lincoln

Lincoln universities

Lincoln events

Shopping in Lincoln

Eating in Lincoln

Student nights in Lincoln

Top 10 things to do in Lincoln

What and where is Lincoln?

Lincoln is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, located in the East Midlands. It offers rural calm 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, but holds a rare geographic position, informally split by residents into uphill and downhill Lincoln. The city’s landmarks include Lincoln Cathedral, an example of English Gothic architecture and the tallest building the world for over 200 years, the medieval Bishop’s Palace, and the 11th Century Norman Lincoln Castle, making it a tourist centre for those visiting historic buildings and learning of its 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 featuring 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 once an important class distinction, with uphill more affluent than the downhill area. The distinction dates from the time of the Normal Conquest, when the religious and military elite occupied the hilltop. The uphill area includes the northern part of the city, on top of the Lincoln Cliff to the north of the gap, including the historical quarter, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and the Medieval Bishop’s Palace. This includes residential suburbs to the north and north east. The downhill area includes the city centre and suburbs to the south and south west.

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 many of his most important discoveries about light and gravity during the plague years of 1666-7. Visitors to the National Trust property will be able to see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity from one of the bedroom windows.

Lincoln Castle

What is the Population of Lincoln?

In 2018, there were 332k residents in Lincoln, with an average age of 43.1 years. The population has grown by 14.0% since 2002, with a population average age that increased by 2.1 years in the same period.

332k Total Residents Estimated 2019

43.1 Average Age

119 Population Density

2.32 Residents Per Household Census 2011


Therefore, the population values are:

Estimated Population of

0 – 17 years: 18,205

18 – 64 years: 65,785

65+ years: 15,049

What are the average house prices in Lincoln?

Lincoln has affordable housing and is becoming more popular, with its historic centre and retail hotspots raising its profile among house-hunters. Current house prices stand at £185,000 which is below the average for England, however the South East Bypass and Transport Hub means that prices are likely to rise.

The average property price increased by £4.1k (2%) over the last twelve months, with the price of an established property being £197k. The price of a newly built property is £233k. There were 5.4k property sales and sales dropped by 5.5% (-333 transactions). Most properties were sold in the £150k-£200k price range with 1505 (27.9%) properties sold, followed by £100k-£150k price range with 1324 (24.6%) properties sold.


The current average value for detached houses in Lincoln is £260,413, but the average price paid currently sits at £282,783. This is a +5.90 (+£15,755) increase in value compared to the 12 months previously.



The current average value for semi-detached houses in Lincoln is £184,307, but the average price paid currently sits at £182,376. This is a +7.14 (+£12,158) increase in value compared to the 12 months previously.



The current average value for terraced houses in Lincoln is £143,379, but the average price paid currently sits at £152,431. This is a -2.63% (-£4,122) decrease in value compared to the 12 months previously.



The current average value for flats in Lincoln is £129,632, but the average price paid currently sits at £147,730. This is a +3.35 (+£4,789) increase in value compared to the 12 months previously.
4. Where are the Best Neighbourhoods in Lincoln to Live In?
The best neighbourhoods in Lincoln are Canwick, Dunston, Bassingham and Waddington. Worse neighbourhoods in Lincoln are Swallow Beck and Nettleham which are the top 2 highest overall crime areas in Lincoln. The top 2 areas for the highest violent crime and car crime are Nettleham and Burton, and Burton is also the highest for burglary and for anti-social behaviours (ASBO).


Where are the Best Neighbourhoods in Lincoln to Live In?

The best neighbourhoods in Lincoln are Canwick, Dunston, Bassingham and Waddington. Worse neighbourhoods in Lincoln are Swallow Beck and Nettleham which are the top 2 highest overall crime areas in Lincoln. The top 2 areas for the highest violent crime and car crime are Nettleham and Burton, and Burton is also the highest for burglary and for anti-social behaviours (ASBO).

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. The City of Lincoln Council stated that Lincoln’s low ranking is due to many factors including having a transient population and a high attraction to tourists.

The category of “Shoplifting Crime” is the highest-ranking crime category when category crime rate is compared to the national average. “Shoplifting Crime” rate is at 132% of national crime rate, which puts Lincoln on 12 positions out of 104 England’s and Wales’s postcode areas in this crime category. “Shoplifting Crime” makes up 7.5% of all crimes committed in the area. The total number of “Shoplifting Crime” is 2.3k cases and has increased by 4.3% when compared year-over-year in the period of January 2019 – December 2019.


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.


What Schools are in Lincoln?

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 based on its proportion of 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 in the Lincoln area that have received a five-star rating, the top school listed was Lincoln’s The Priory Academy LSST which is located within the south of the city on Cross O’Cliff Road, specialising 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. Second was Lincoln Monks Abbey Primary School of Monks Road which is 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 independent and high street 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. Residents should therefore consider taking advantage of 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.

The £19-million A46 north-west bypass opened in December 1985, with an eastern A15 bypass scheduled to commence construction in 2017, but the collapse of the contractor, Carillion, means it is now scheduled to open on May 2020. The final, southern part of the Lincoln ring road remains in abeyance. B1190 is an east-west road through Lincoln, between the Nottinghamshire – Lincolnshire boundary on the (Roman) Foss Dyke and A57 and in the east at Thimbleby on the A158 near Horncastle.  Until the 1980s, the only two main roads through Lincoln were the A46 and A15, both feeding traffic along the High Street. At the intersection of Guildhall Street and the High Street, these met the termination of the A57. North of the city centre, the former A15, Riseholme Road, is the B1226, and the old A46, Nettleham Road, the B1182. The early northern inner ring-road, formed of Yarborough Road and Yarborough Crescent, is today numbered B1273.



Lincoln offers a HireBike scheme 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 a purpose-built 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 also serves Lincoln, mainly catering to 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, with commentary about its past and present. The county of Lincolnshire is served by the Fossdyke canal, an ancient waterway of Roman origin, which connects the River Trent and the River Witham.


What is the Transport like in Lincoln?

Lincoln is within Lincolnshire, a large county in England with a sparse population distribution which leads to problems funding all sorts of transport. The transport history is long and varied, with much of the road network still based on the Roman model, and the once extensive rail network still based on the Roman model.


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 making an onward visit 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.

bomber plane

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 one of Lincoln’s major draws, linking easily 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, and most journeys involving 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, taking about between two and three hours. East Midlands trains also leave frequently from St Pancras International Station, with at least one change along the way.

If you would like to travel by bus, the fastest National Express Coach from London to Lincoln takes 5 hours 10 minutes and 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 need plan for a drive of at least three hours.

What Universities are in Lincoln?

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. Based in the heart of Lincoln’s city centre, most student accommodation at the University is either on the Brayford Pool Campus or just a short distance away. Moovit is an app that helps you find the best way to get to the University of Lincoln with step-by-step directions from the nearest public transit station. Moovit 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. You can use Bus – 1, Bus – 100, Bus – 26, Bus – 47, Bus – 8534 but you can also use East Midlands Trains. Moovit helps you find alternative routes or times.


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 of the thing’s students need 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.


Where are the best places for Arts and Entertainment in Lincoln?

The cultural vibe of this city is reflected by the most popular live entertainment venue of Lincoln Drill Hall. It hosts an annual programme of performance arts, music, literature, comedy and youth events. The Theatre Royal for musicals and drama performances, or for something more contemporary, try the Engine Shed. It opened in 2006 and has hosted some of the biggest names currently in the charts. The venue also has vintage fairs during daytime hours.


What events are on in Lincoln?

In December, the Bailgate area holds an annual Christmas Market in and around the Castle grounds, 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.

Tranquil destinations close by are Whisby Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country park including the Swanholme Lakes SSSI, while noisier entertainment can be found at 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. The rural surroundings of Lincoln allow residents to spend a weekend at Whitby Nature Reserve, exploring its wildlife, lakes, family walks or café. You can also venture out to Hartsholme Country Park campsite for a weekend in the wild.


Where is the best place to go shopping in Lincoln?

Shopping is very varied, you can scale 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.


Where are the best places to eat in Lincoln?

Lincoln has an assortment 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. There is also the Brayford Waterfront Quarter for contemporary restaurants and bars, and also there is a cinema for meals and blockbusters.

In 2011, Lincolnshire was voted the country’s food capital, beating Cornwall to the title. A public vote to tie in with British Food Fortnight helped put traditional county delicacies such as plum loaf, stuffed chine and pigs fry well and truly 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.

Bar ‘67

60s theme burger bar in the basement of The Lincoln Hotel, a stone’s throw from Lincoln Cathedral.

The Electric

A unique bar on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton overlooking Lincoln’s Brayford Waterfront serving coffee and afternoon tea through the day, and cocktails at night.

Room Bar

Room Bar, at the White Hart Hotel, is a sophisticated cocktail bar offering the very best in cocktails, champagnes and wines – not to mention great beers from around the world.


What are the Best Student Nightclubs in Lincoln?

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:


Red Five

Lively bar and club in the heart of Lincoln’s city centre, a short walk from the Brayford Waterfront.

MOKA & Shack

Featuring state of the art sound and lighting effects, visuals and unrivalled entertainment, this is a clubbing experience you don’t want to miss.

Trebles & Liquor

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: two rooms, two DJs, one huge party under one roof.


Dance into the night in a 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 – a student night created by a former Lincoln Film and TV student Dumi Siwo. Here you can expect a cool atmosphere with chilled R&B and hip-hop music with the occasional celebrity visit, which in the past has included Big Narstie and Chip.


A Tuesday night at Union based at Home night club is a night well spent, where there are six different rooms with different music in each one. This means there will definitely be something for everyone, especially those who love a dance and a sing-a-long to a bit of cheese on the ‘cheesy floor’.


Quack! is a night hosted by the Students’ Union at the newly refurbished Engine Shed, and is normally buzzing with 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 making it a great place to meet new people. Each night usually has a different theme so it’s also perfect for those who love to 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. It’s also a good excuse to get a bit more dressed up if that sounds like your thing.


In Lincoln, Fridays mean Superbull! Here you will find two floors of madness with 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 the night for you. Another night hosted by the Engine shed, it’s perfect for those who love alternative music and want to party the weekend away 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.


Top 10 Things to do in Lincoln

  1. Lincoln Cathedral – the 11th Century Gothic place of worship
  2. Lincoln Castle – guided tours of 11th Century fortress
  3. Steep Hill – charming street with 12th Century homes
  4. Museum of Lincolnshire Life – local history exhibits in old barracks
  5. The Collection – modern archaeology museum and art gallery
  6. Hartsholme Country Park – huge public park dating from the 1860s
  7. Lincoln Christmas Market – Christmas market annually
  8. Brayford Pool – canal, river, marina, and history
  9. Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ palace – medieval ruins, plus heritage garden
  10. Lincoln Drill Hall Theatre & Arts Centre – arts venue including theatre/films/talks

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