Insider Lincoln - top things to do

Lincoln’s got more going on than just sausages. Clamber up Steep Hill, breathe in the historic, Hollywood-starring cathedral, or fall in love with the quirky shops. Be inspired with Virgin’s pick of the sights, shops and grub.

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History lovers

Deep within the walls of Lincoln Castle lies one of only 4 remaining copies of Magna Carta – one of the most famous documents in the world. Find out why it's so important at the multi-million-pound Lincoln Castle Magna Carta Experience where cool interactive exhibits bring the ancient document into the digital age.
What is Magna Carta? Issued in 1215 by King John, it laid down the rule that everyone – including royalty – was subject to the law.

 

Amazing architecture

Do buildings come more jaw-droppingly amazing than Lincoln Cathedral <http://lincolncathedral.com/>? Its soaring Gothic spires have featured in Hollywood movies like the Da Vinci Code, and many moons ago, philanthropist John Ruskin called it 'the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles'.

Fill a wet afternoon

A Viking comb-maker's workshop and some of the best arms and armour in a local museum should keep the kids and grown-ups happy for at least half an hour. The Collection art and archaeology museum is great fun. There's also the remnants of an Iron-Age boat that was made from a single tree trunk! They knew a thing or two about woodwork.

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Brayford Belle boat trips

Cruise down the river for a serious chillax. A ride down the River Witham is a great way to get some fresh air into your lungs and find out more about the city's past and present. Trips last around an hour – but they only take cash, so don’t forget your wallet.

 

Retail therapy

High-street heaven

The place for all your high-street favourites (as you'd expect from the name) is High Street. Splurge or simply window-shop at House of Fraser, M&S, Dorothy Perkins and Fat Face among many others...

Vintage shops, one-off boutiques and homewares

Heaps of quirky, independent shops can be found on this rather steep and famous hill, imaginatively called Steep Hill. Slowly climb its cobbles and be rewarded with vintage boutiques, bookshops, and foodie emporiums. It's been voted Britain's best street and is a bit like something from a film by Richard Curtis.

Label lovers - designer shopping

Agatha: Feel amazing in some top-notch designer threads, from Paul Smith to Ralph Lauren and Barbour to UGG. Once voted Britain's best boutique by Vogue, Agatha on Steep Hill is the place for ladies who like to look sharp. You can afford a treat if you've saved money with cheap train tickets to Lincoln.