September 08th, 2013 | Tags: Lincoln, Bailgate in Lincoln,

Discover Bailgate, the historical heart of Lincoln

With its rich past and spectacular setting, Bailgate is a great place to start exploring the city of Lincoln. Whether you're on a guided tour or just casually wandering in the area, you’re sure to be fascinated Bailgate's quirky shops and restaurants, quaint cobbled streets and York stone pathways.

Lincoln Cathedral, constructed from 1088 onwards and is often heralded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Britain, and is one of the must-see places when visiting this richly historic city. Inside the cathedral, be sure to visit the Medieval and Wren libraries, and keep a keen eye out for the Lincoln Imp, the city’s symbol, hiding high amongst the fine masonry. The guided tours included in the entry fee offer insights into the history of the building. During the summer months, you are able to view the city from the tower.

Dwarfed by comparison to the cathedral but no less fascinating is Lincoln Castle, also located in Bailgate. Here you will be transported even further back in history as you walk around the grounds and 12th century walls of one the country’s best kept castle grounds. There is an impressive Norman castle site, built by William the Conqueror on a pre-existing Roman fortress. The site also hosts one of four surviving originals of the Magna Carta.

Located next to the Castle is The Lawn, which was originally built as the county’s first hospital for the mentally ill, a park boasting grounds for picnicking, an ornate garden area, and a children’s play area. A notable feature of this site is the heated conservatory which sits in the middle of the green and grows an array of tropical plants. You can feed the fish in the pond and sip on coffee from the gift shop next door.

To sample the more modern side of the city, head down Steep Hill to visit The Collection. This is the site of an award-winning archaeology museum which welcomes both adults and kids, with plenty of activities for the little ones to enjoy and a delightful café to rest tired feet. The site is also the location of the Usher Art Gallery, which is Lincolnshire’s premier art gallery with displays ranging from decorative to the fine arts, as well as temporary exhibitions.

For those who enjoy spooky, tourist-oriented activities, there is the Lincoln Ghostwalk which has been weaving haunted tales about the Bailgate area since 1996. It runs each evening from Wednesday to Saturday, and offers an alternative view of local history and the surrounding Cathedral and Castle sites.

Finally, you may want to visit Brown’s Pie Shop – to reflect on whether the ghost stories you've been told are true whilst enjoying dinner in a friendly and cosy atmosphere.

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