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Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019
Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
The East Midlands city of Lincoln is one of the UK's most charming. A jumble of red-brick Victorian buildings, fine Georgian terraced houses and old wattle and daub Tudor properties flank a network of narrow cobbled streets and pretty squares, leading to the medieval honey-coloured Lincoln Cathedral. The River Witham and several canals criss-cross the city and provide some scenic walks along their banks. You could easily spend a weekend just diving into the old quarter's independent boutiques and cosy pubs, but there are plenty of galleries and museums for culture vultures to get their fix. Throw in some fine parks, a few ancient Roman ruins and a castle, and you've got the makings of a top weekend getaway destination.
Lincoln bed and breakfasts have a long history in the city. Why stay in the impersonal surroundings of a hotel, when you've got your very own home away from home? Some are traditional B&Bs housed in some of the Victorian terraced streets near the centre, whose charming retro interior hasn't changed much over the last 40 years. Others have updated in recent times, transforming themselves into boutiques with all the trappings of a luxury hotel. If you're not a city-dweller, consider picking one of the country cottages or farmhouses in the Lincolnshire countryside and driving into town to visit the attractions. Using Expedia, you can delve into each listing and check out the detailed descriptions and photos to pick the perfect place. Either way, the bed and breakfasts in Lincoln are almost always family run, and you can be sure of a warm welcome and some homely hospitality.
When you arrive and check in, you'll find guestrooms have everything you need for your stay. Depending on which you pick, you might find facilities for making freshly brewed tea, flat-screen TVs on the walls and ensuite bathrooms. If you look around, some have in-room minibars or little kitchenettes. You'd be hard pressed to find a bed and breakfast in Lincoln that didn't have complimentary WiFi, and it's not hard to find one with free parking or pet-friendly rooms. Bringing the family? Look out for B&Bs that offer family-sized or adjoining rooms. Every morning you can wake up to a home-cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs, accompanied by toast, yogurts and pastries. With all that shopping and sightseeing ahead, you'll surely need it. If you're on a whistle-stop tour of Northern England, why not make the museum and gallery-heavy city of Manchester the next stop on the itinerary?
There's a long list of things to do near your Lincoln bed and breakfast. A good starting point is Lincoln Cathedral, an almost 1,000-year-old Anglo-Norman structure built from local limestone and marble. It's truly awe-inspiring, particularly when you catch the light streaming through the old stained-glass windows during the early morning or late afternoon. If ancient architecture is your thing, don't miss Lincoln Castle. It was built around the same time as the cathedral and is an impressive site, with the old stone walls and battlements still intact. However, what most people come for is to gawp at an original early 13th-century Magna Carta, 1 of only 4 that still exist. History buffs should make a beeline for the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, which chronicles the region's past through a series of permanent exhibitions and displays, from costumes dating to the mid-18th century through to an original WWI tank, which was built locally.