Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A weekend in Lincoln

We went to Lincoln this weekend, primarily so that my girlies could visit their dad who recently moved there, but also so that I could do the touristy bit. I'd never been there before and I'd heard good things about it from my daughters and I'm pleased to report they were all true.

The girlies stayed with their dad, and I stayed in a very comfortable guesthouse. And we were lucky with the weather too...

The aptly named Steep Hill - a great place for books, tea shops, vintage clothes,
restaurants and other interesting independent shops - no big names here!

The Jew's House

Heading up to the cathedral which is at the highest point in the city

The Cathedral quarter
Going into the cathedral

Inside Lincoln cathedral

Coffee, cakes and cloisters

Lincoln Castle

A view of the cathedral from the castle walls

The grounds of Lincoln castle, where one of the four
remaining copies of the Magna Carta is on show.

Street music. The green helmet revolved as he was playing his, erm, music.
Janak making rangoli patterns with marble dust. Amazing, and a lovely man too.

Lincoln turned out to be a bigger place than I'd anticipated. For some reason I expected a small town, but what I actually got was a cathedral city (I know, obvious really). The city centre has all the big name shops you'd expect in a city, but it was the Bailgate area with its independent shops that really appealed to me. There were plenty of quirky little shops, tea rooms, antique and book shops, vintage clothes shops and restaurants. In fact, I had what was possibly the best Indian meal I've ever eaten in the Bombay restaurant.

It's a lovely place and well worth the 3.5 hour cross-country drive to get there. It was a great weekend, lots to see, plenty of cake and good weather. What more could you ask for?