Lincoln is a fun, up-and-coming city with loads of amazing heritage and history. Nearly one-tenth of Lincoln’s population are students, so there’s plenty to see and do for young people in the city. From its charming independent cafes to its vibrant, lively nightlife, Lincoln more than makes up for its small size.
If you’re new to the city, our Lincoln City guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Due to its size, you won’t need to catch a bus to get anywhere as everywhere you’ll want to go to is a short walk away.
The University of Lincoln is conveniently located right in the heart of the city centre and all the areas students tend to live in are within about 15 minutes walking distance. Students at Bishop Grosseteste have a slightly longer walk at around half an hour to Uni from the city centre, but still won’t need to use any public transport.
Better still, all of the main nightclubs and bars are within walking distance! To get to the older part of town and the cathedral, you’ll have to take a walk up Steep Hill. Be warned though, it’s called Steep Hill for a reason!
If you fancy something a little different, you can hop on the water taxi service, the Brayford Belle. This is a fun way to get around and learn about the cities history at the same time!
If you do need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre and most trips will cost around a fiver.
If you fancy seeing some surrounding cities, Sheffield and Nottingham take about an hour to get to by train.
TIP: If you want a speedier way to get around town, you can rent bikes from various stations all over the city. They’re a great way to see some of the surrounding countryside.
Lincoln has a great variety of things to do. Its large student population means there’s plenty of great clubs and bars. It’s also perfect for quiet walks and cosy cafes though!
Going to Lincoln’s historic castle and cathedral is a must. It’s even recently voted best cathedral in Britain! Walking up the gorgeous steep hill and peeking into the many independent shops and cafes whilst you’re up there is a great idea as well.
If you fancy getting out and about, Lincoln has great parks to offer as well. West Common is a great place for a picnic or a kick-about. South Common is great for a long walk and offers incredible views of the city. Lincoln’s Arboretum is another great park. It’s particularly nice in the summer, where you can relax next to beautiful ponds and fountains, or play some sport on the grass.
When you fancy a drink, there are plenty of traditional pubs here to check out, as well as some great cocktail bars. If you want to see something a little different, Lincoln is home to an awesome Gaming bar, Akedo, (complete with VR and arcade machines!). Lincoln even has a speakeasy (don’t tell anyone though, ok?). If you want to grab a delicious cocktail, check out the Strait and Narrow. The Irish bar The Rogue Saint and German-themed Bierkeller are great for anyone looking for some energetic atmosphere! You’ll find all the big pub and bar chains here as well, like Weatherspoons and Walkabout.
For anyone looking for a night out, you should know that Lincoln is a true student city and there’s somewhere to go almost every night of the week! Lincoln’s biggest club is Home, with Circle and Moka coming in close second (the “Superbull” Friday event at Moka is something of a student favourite!). Lincoln uni is also home to The Engine Shed, which puts on frequent student club nights and often hosts famous musicians and comedians.
If you fancy a nice coffee and a spot of lunch, Café Aroma, Little Lincoln Café and the Angel Coffee House are all great spots to check out.
If you’re a sports fan then you’re in luck! Lincoln City FC had an incredible season last year, being the first non-league team ever to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in over 100 years! They’ve been recently promoted to League 2 and have been climbing the table since. Sincil Bank stadium is 10 minutes from the City centre and tickets cost as little as £8 for students.
TIP: Be sure to check out the Christmas Market during winter. It’s one of the biggest in Europe and will get even the most scrooge-like of your mates in the Christmas spirit!
Lincoln has most of the main restaurant chains like Nando’s and Pizza Express and even boasts a huge floating Wagamama restaurant on the beautiful Brayford Pool!
If you’re a meat-lover, Ribs ‘n’ Bibs is a must. They offer huge racks of delicious pork ribs as well as giant burritos, all in an American themed restaurant. The food will take you out of Lincoln, Lincolnshire and into Lincoln, Nebraska! Yee-ha!
If you fancy some delicious homemade pies, visit the Brown’s Pie Shop restaurant. It’s got a fascinating history and has a specially-trained team of pie makers making tasty, traditional English pies.
For foodies who want something a bit more international, The Bowl Full tapas bar is a great place for an Iberian-style meal with mates. Thai Marina is a great place for anyone looking for some Asian-inspired grub and La Trattoria Da Vincenzo is a great place for some authentic Italian cuisine.
For something a little different, The Rising Café offers great lunchtime foods and the whole café is 1940’s themed! It’s beautifully bedecked with vintage furniture and retro wall art.
For Vegans and Vegetarians, Café Shanti is a great place to grab a bite to eat. It offers great meat-free dishes and prides itself on it’s fair-trade food sourcing.
Lincoln is home to hundreds of shops that offer everything from the latest clothes trends to classic vintage styles.
All the main clothing chains are here, Topman, New Look, H&M and Primark, to name a few, are all right in the city centre.
If you fancy something a little different, Yak and Fab Vintage are great places to pick up some old-school outfits.
Steep Hill is a great place to pick up great trinkets and decorations for your uni room. There are a few vintage clothes shops up here too. Lincoln is known for it’s love of all things Steampunk and lots of these shops have clothes perfect for patrons of the style! Lots of shops on Steep Hill offer 1930’s and 40’s vintage clothing, for anybody looking to sport a more refined vintage look!
Lincoln has a huge student population so there is plenty of student accommodation to go around, all in convenient locations!
There are a handful of areas students tend to live in. The West End (or as it is sometimes known, West Parade) is the most popular area for students to live. It’s a very pretty area, with nice spacious houses and is only 5 minutes away from the gorgeous West Common. You’ll be close to all of your friends too, as this area has a high concentration of students living there.
The High Street and Sincil Bank area has a smattering of student houses spread around. This area is a little less convenient and has a smaller concentration of students, but it tends to be a little cheaper to live in houses in this area.
Monks Road is the other area students tend to go for. Houses here are right next to Lincoln Arboretum, which is a great place to hang out with mates or have a quiet walk. Again, you will be a little further from the centre and students are spread out here, but it’s still only a 15-minute walk into town and you’ll find that rents tend to be a little cheaper in this area.
All of these areas have a wide variety of pubs and restaurants to hang out in and all are very close to the city centre.
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