Family Friendly 48 Hours in Lincoln, UK

If you are looking for an ideal family weekend in the UK, then Lincoln needs to be on the top of your list! This historic city is easily walkable and it is bursting with charm, vibrant culture, and beautiful architecture. Here is a kick-starter itinerary to get you going.

Mom and baby posing for a picture in Lincoln, UK

Day One
Pack comfortable shoes and begin your break by walking around the beautiful streets of Lincoln, including Steep Hill which was voted Britain’s Great Street. Yes, as the name suggests, it is very steep but the quirky atmosphere, cobblestoned streets, and beautiful views of the city make the hike worth it! If you need a break, there are plenty of independent coffee shops, perfect for that extra caffeine boost and a piece of cake to carry on the walk.

Exterior photo of the Lincoln Cathedral, gothic inspired architecture.

Visit the stunning Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings. Allow yourself one to two hours to walk around its amazing nave. Admire the craftsmanship in the wonderful stained glass windows and soak up all the history. Try to book your visit between April through October, you can book a floor tour during these months. This tour takes you 338 steps up one of the towers in the Cathedral.

Barrel vault ceilings and gothic style windows

Afterward, cross the road and visit Lincoln Castle, a historical landmark dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. If you’re traveling with little ones, the Castle is free for them to enter and it’s the perfect place to let them run and stretch their legs around the grounds.

After a well-deserved break, go into the Victorian Prison, it has three floors and many interactive games for the kids. Learn all about how the justice system was implemented during the Victorian time in England. Don’t forget to visit the archeology exhibit and of course the Magna Carta (peace treaty) – it is a must when visiting Lincoln. Make sure you leave time to walk around the Medieval Walls and enjoy the magnificent views of the city!

Exterior of the Lincoln Castle Victorian PRison, red and grey stones, large windows, green grass

Day Two
After a very busy day, walking around Lincoln and exploring the beautiful streets and architecture, it is time to enjoy a relaxing day, and what better way than enjoying a walk or even a boat ride along England’s oldest inland harbor, Brayford Waterfront.

When you have built up your appetite and are ready for a break, you’ll find plenty of choices by the harbor. We had a very tasty pizza in ASK Italian, a super family-friendly restaurant with a great atmosphere, I went for the slow cooked lamb pizza and it was amazing!

Once you have replenished your energy, go for a stroll around the quirky streets of Bailgate, one of the most historic parts of the city you’ll find many boutique shops as well as the Newport Arch in the outskirt of the area, this is the oldest and only Roman arch in the country that is still used by everyday traffic.

Historic Roman Gate in Lincoln created out of stone

Lincoln is great for history lovers, foodies, and families alike, with plenty of things to do and places to eat you will have the perfect weekend break.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Bettina M-V. Are you interested in traveling to Lincoln? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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