"Lincoln: a wonderful old city" Top 5 Page for this destination Lincoln by iwys

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Lincoln was once one of the greatest cities in England and for a long time the highest building in the world was here. Nowadays it is a small, market town, but the grand buildings from its historic past are still there, including a Roman arch, Norman houses, a Medieval castle and one of the most magnificent buildings in all of Britain: Lincoln Cathedral.

The city is often overlooked by foreign tourists because it is not connected to the motorway system, has no direct rail line to London and is nowhere near any major airport. This means those visitors who do make the effort to come here are greeted with far less crowded streets than you would expect in a place with such wonderful historical attractions. It is a bit like York, only without the crowds! This may all change, however, with the release of the film, "The Da Vinci Code", which was partly filmed on location in Lincoln.

The Iron Age settlement of Lindon was established here more than 2000 years ago, in the 1st century BC. The Romans built a fortress here during the reign of Emperor Nero (54-68 AD), and renamed it Lindum Colonia. It became one of the most important towns in Roman Britain, and there are still many Roman ruins visible today, including the northern entrance to the city, Newport Arch.

In 1086, two years after the Norman invasion, William the Conqueror ordered the construction of Lincoln Castle. In Lincoln today you can still see two of the oldest surviving Norman houses in Britain: The Norman House and Jew's House.

In 1092 Lincoln Cathedral was built. Later a spire was added making it the tallest building in the world.

  • Last visit to Lincoln: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Well-that really is a mystery castle and looks to be in great shape. YOu have done a nice job of presenting the ties here, and the pictures enhance the comments.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Great! So much history there... I would like to pay a visit some day.....

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Excellent page on Lincoln, some really interesting information and some lovely windows!thanks for the excellent tour!

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2006 at 2:43 PM

    Great tips and info, I've learnt so much more about Lincolns history etc. I can't wait to revisit, and I'll be 1st in the queue at Elite Meats! Cheers, Sue.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2006 at 1:33 PM

    Thanks, I used to work here. I have never seen the Magna Carta here, missed closing time 4 times! All the best.


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