10 things to do in Lincoln... apart from visiting the Cathedral.
Today we'll be giving you a few suggestions for interesting things to do in Lincoln, whether you're just visiting or live here, there is something exciting for everyone on this list. We've chosen not to include the Cathedral in this post as we felt it was a given that you should visit it at some point and we wanted to highlight some of the lesser known attractions.
Hartsholme County Park is a true hidden gem in Lincoln. The park has a scenic lake and grassy areas perfect for picnics or enjoying an ice cream from the cafe. The area is home to many different species of wildlife and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Significance. If you’ve got children to entertain there are plenty of play areas and opportunities to learn something in the visitors centre. Although the park is especially vibrant in the summer, all facilities are open throughout the year. The park is situated just off Skellingthorpe Road and is easily accessible via public transport and has adequate parking for those that drive.
The Collection and Usher Art Gallery are located just off the High Street and Bailgate areas. The Usher Gallery enjoys a large collection of art of varying styles with regularly changing exhibitions. Visitors are also able to get involved with regular life drawing classes on a Wednesday, talks and other events. The landscaped gardens are also home to fantastic sculptures which are certainly worth a look. The Collection shows a little bit more of the historic aspects of the City of Lincoln with an informative archaeology gallery which will even keep the kids captivated. Refreshments are available at the Stokes Café.
Daisy Made is a perfect escape from the city and an opportunity to meet friendly farm yard animals whilst enjoying homemade ice cream in an array of interesting flavours. The family run business offers fantastic food and even the opportunity for a spot of crazy golf. If you’re just passing by you can grab a cone from the drive through you will miss out on petting the goats and guinea pigs though!
If you’re a lover of history and modern aircraft the Royal Air Force Museum in Scampton is the perfect place for you. RAF Scampton was home to the infamous Dambusters squadron and today homes the world renowned Red Arrows. The base hosts a selection of artefacts from throughout the base’s many years of being operational. Entry to the museum is free but bookings will need to be made via email and ID will be needed to enter the site due to the base still being fully functional.
The rise of ‘escape room’ games hasn’t missed Lincoln at all! Tension Exit Games offer a variety of exciting logic and puzzle games perfect for groups of 2-5 for 6 years or older. The idea is to try and work out how to get out of the room under a strict time limit whilst solving all the clues. I won’t give anything else away but if you enjoyed Crystal Maze then you’ll love this!
Lovers of Most Haunted will enjoy the walking tour starting at the Magna Carta pub in Castle Square and visiting all the ghostly places around Lincoln. The tour runs all year every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays at 7pm. Additional private bookings are also available.
Doddington Hall is an Elizabethan hall constructed in 1600 and today is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in England. The hall houses an exquisite collection of household objects, paintings and textiles. As well as the gardens and hall itself there is a farm shop, restaurant, café, home store, country clothing store, bauble barn and other events throughout the year.
A horse lovers paradise! Bransby Horses care for horses, donkeys and mules who need love and attention. The site provides a unique experience to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures and learn about them and their individual personalities. The charity can be supported through purchasing from their gift shop or buying refreshments from the Freedom Café.
This is the perfect spot for retro gaming and experiencing the world of Virtual Reality. The décor is simply amazing and while the opportunity to play old video games might not be to everyone’s taste, those who do will love this place.