Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A day in Lincoln. Part 1

The weather didn't look too promising this morning, a bit misty and dull and overcast, I thought it might rain. which would have scuppered my plans for a day out. So I washed the pots and washed my hair, and it brightened up. Lincoln is not very far away, so I didn't need to get off early. It's been about four years since I last went, and there are parts of it that I missed, so worth another visit. I drove myself, there is a bus service but it takes about two hours each way, and I didn't fancy trundling around the countryside being shaken to bits for four hours. It's less than an hour in a car.
I parked in a side street just off Wragby Road, it's fifteen minutes to walk into town. It's handy for the Cathedral there, and the Tourist Information office is close by, where I picked up a free street map.
The sun came out and I had to take a layer off, I wish I had put my shorts on. It was lovely bimbling around like a tourist, not a care in the world, not needing to go anywhere fast, and stopping to look at the amazing architecture. Mr Tennyson is standing on his plinth in the garden behind the Cathedral.   
 These are some of the houses surrounding the Cathedral.

 I love the old stone front on this one, topped with red bricks on the upper floor.

This one looks really old, though I imagine some restoration work has taken place. It's great how they keep all the old features.

And this is the back view of the Cathedral. I think it is better than the front view. There is a lot of scaffolding all over one side of it, thank goodness it doesn't get in the way and spoil the photo's.
I spent a good hour walking around it to see it from all angles. This photo is taken from behind the Bishops Palace. I went through an archway and found a secret garden, the Palace wasn't open.  
 And this one was taken in front of the Bishops Palace.

The front entrance. I've chopped a bit off the bottom because I couldn't stand back from it and I didn't want to chop the top off. The way in is to the left of the big front door.

You can walk inside, and for a minute I thought it might be free entry because there was no sign stating otherwise. But then you see ropes going across and if you want to proceed any further you have to pay. I just took a couple of snaps and left. I wasn't bothered about going in.
 It's a beautiful ceiling, and the sun shining through the windows made it really bright.

 Back outside again, looking towards Chequer Gate. The black and white building on the left is Tourist Information.

 You can have a tour in a horse drawn carriage if you like. It was £7.50. The horse seemed quite content to wait while the driver was giving a commentary.

The Cathedral is at the top of the hill, from here I went down the hill to the town, but I'll do another post about that tomorrow. I'll split it into two as it's getting late. So, some more Lincoln pics tomorrow. Toodle pip.


  1. That's a beautiful looking place. I love the symmetry of some of the buildings..and can imagine myself looking out of those bay windows!
    Jane x

  2. Aaaaaah my home city, looking beautiful in the late September sunshine ~ hope you enjoyed your day x

  3. Thanks for sharing these photos...It looks like you had a fine time. Did you take the horse drawn carriage ride?

    1. Hi e, no I didn't have a ride in the carriage. It started at the Cathedral, people were waiting to get on and it was full, and I didn't want to wait for the next one.

  4. A lovely city especially around the cathedral hill, it's been years since I was last there, but I seem to recall the most amazing tea shop that had all the different types arrayed over its frontage.

  5. WE went in the cathedral last year when we visited Lincoln. We spent hours in there. There was so much too see and it was just magnificent. We felt it was mote interesting and there was more to see than the castle opposite. Loved your pictures,

  6. I didn't know Tennyson came from Lincoln. Interesting.

    1. Hi Chris. Just found this in Wikipedia.
      Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, was born and raised in Somersby, the son of the rector, and the fourth of twelve children.

  7. Did you find the Lincoln Imp in the Cathedral?
    Molly x

  8. Thank you for the amazing tour, feel like I am really there, ta

  9. The Cathedral is stunning! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

  10. I love Lincoln - the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world for a thousand years ! :)


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