Our easy guide to living in Lincoln

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Have you contemplated living in the captivating cathedral town of Lincoln? Lincoln is situated in the East Midlands and renowned for its charming, cobbled streets. Today Lincoln is known as a historic city with a vibrant and contemporary edge with the added benefit of a rural charm.

Lincoln is informally split by its residents ‘uphill’ and ‘downhill’ due to its geographical position. Located 72 miles from Leeds, 40 miles from Nottingham, 98 miles from Birmingham.

In the city centre you’ll find an abundance of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and beautiful green spaces with accessible waterways. 

Lincoln’s affordable properties, rich history and retail spots are making it more popular for house-hunters.

Best places to live in Lincoln

Lincoln City Centre: Lincoln City Centre is a great location for those who prefer living inner city with the hustle and bustle of city life but with added charm and character. If you look ‘uphill’ you’ll find beautiful Victorian style semi-detached properties with stunning period features such as bay windows and high ceilings. Uphill Lincoln is also where the ancient cathedral and castle are located.

For homes with a stately feel look to Bunkers hill, these semi-detached and detached properties are great family homes, many with mock Tudor fronts giving heaps of character.

Lincoln’s conservational area which has brilliant connections to main roads such as the A46 boasts cottages and impressive Victorian era properties some of which provide views for miles across Lincoln and the countryside.

‘Downhill’ you’ll find everything from terraced properties to old mills that have been converted into modern apartments, the downhill area has more of a modern feel. There’s an abundance of new build developments going up in the city.

The cost of buying a property in the city centre is on average of £181,826 over the last year according to Rightmove. Most of the sales in Lincoln during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £136,134. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £180,060, with detached properties fetching £267,593.

Cherry Willingham: Cherry Willingham is a popular village in the suburbs located just 4 miles east from the city centre. Offering a variety of properties ranging from bungalows, new build homes, semi-detached and detached town houses there’s bound to be something for everyone. Take a walk through the Cherry Fields and stroll through fields until you meet the riverside, there’s also access to a BMX track making it a hotspot for families. There’s a local pub offering everything from afternoon teas to Sunday lunch and great refreshments. Rightmove suggests that properties in Cherry Willingham had an overall average price of £210,598 over the last year.

Burton: Burton is a village situated in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, sitting just shy of 4 miles north of Lincoln city centre. Burton is home to large, detached properties with stacks of character. Burton park offers a long walk across picturesque fields. The average property price in Burton is £525,000.

How many people live in Lincoln?

According to the Lincoln city council, there were approximately 99,039 people in 2020.

Things to do in Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral

Visit the iconic Lincoln Cathedral, a magnificent display of gothic architecture it’s a must see. The inside of the cathedral despite its size is filled with intricate detail.

You can take a tour round the cathedral covering off everything from history, architecture, with a few interesting stories thrown in along the way. There are still religious ceremonies held within the cathedral’s walls further details of these can be found on the cathedral’s website.

Lincoln is home to one of few copies of the Magna Carta and there is an exact copy of the Magna Carta which that can be viewed inside the cathedral.

To find out more, visit the Lincoln cathedral website.

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is another site with a rich history, it dates back to the 1068 and was built by William the Conqueror and has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost 1000 years. Inside the castle you can view the Georgian and Victorian prison giving an insight into what it would have been like to live in Lincoln many years ago.

The castle is also home to one of four last surviving copies of the Magna Carta signed in 1215 by the Bishop of Lincoln, as well as the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place in the world you can view the two documents together, these documents helped to shape life as we know it.

Take the Medieval Wall Walk, giving you the chance to walk the whole circumference of the walls, offering views of the city like no other, and one the best viewpoints of Lincoln Cathedral.

Archaeology is also present at the castle and you can view objects found from digs, including a real stone sarcophagus containing the body of a high-status individual.

Lincoln Castle is fun for all the family.

Steep Hill

Steep Hill is renowned for its independent businesses, vintage boutiques, charming tea rooms as well as chocolate & fudge parlours, and much more. Steep Hill is called Steep Hill for a reason it’s at a 16.12º gradient making it the fourth steepest street in England according to the Ordnance Survey. Steep Hill leads on from The Strait, another area full of fascinating history.

Hartsholme Country Park

Just under 4 miles south west from Lincoln city centre lies the Hartsholme Country Park, covering over 200 acres of stunning park land. Hartsholme is a green-flag award winning park containing Victorian landscaping, large reservoir, woodlands, and grasslands. As well as having its own visitor centre, children’s play area, café and a touring park and campsite.

Doddington Hall

Dodington Hall is situated around 7miles from Lincoln’s city centre and is a privately-owned Elizabethan Mansion with beautiful gardens, a café, tearoom, coffee shop, and its very own farm shop.

The Hall itself was constructed during 1595 by Robert Smythson, at the time one of England’s foremost Elizabethan Architects. The Hall was completed in 1600 and has never been sold or cleared out since and is still a much-loved family home. During this time the Hall has acquired a great number of fascinating collections including furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, and porcelain. The Hall is open to visitors on specific days of the week, all of which can be found on the Doddington Hall website.

The gardens are just as spectacular as the hall and has kept its Elizabethan layout. Find wild gardens beyond the east and west gardens showcasing an array of brilliant flowers and shrubs in bloom. You’ll also see an array of different sculptures scattered across the grounds.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the tearoom or grab a bite to eat from a delicious range of delectables in the café, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink.

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life takes you way back to 1750 to the present day, you’ll be able to find out what it was like to live in Lincoln in the past. The exhibits range from agricultural, domestic, commercial, and what community life would have been like throughout the ages.

The museum is also home to an authentic World War One tank referred to as ‘Daphne’ and also houses interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, which have won prestigious national awards. The museum is free to enter and fun for all the family.

Lincoln Christmas Market

The Lincoln Christmas Market is a joy to behold and brings visitors from all over. You’ll fine mulled wine, cooked foods, live music and an array of artisan stands. The Market is bound to get you in the Christmas Spirit.

Boultham Park

Boultham Park is another one of Lincoln’s beauty spots set across 50 acres of green space, woodlands, a lake, a children’s play area, bowling green, zipwire, fountain garden and band stand. There’s a great variety of wildlife and nature to spot.

The café at Boultham park offers a variety of snacks, and refreshments including scrumptious homemade cakes.

Dogs are also welcome at the park and its free entry, making it a local hotspot.

Waterside Shopping Centre

Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre is located in the heart of the city centre and is spread across two levels. Here you’ll find all of your favourite high street brands under one roof. It also offers places to eat and drink to refuel.

If you’re interested in moving to Lincoln, take a look at our great range of properties. For more information and advice, get in touch at customerservice@easyproperty.com