Lincoln is a county town and cathedral city in Lincolnshire.
It lies on the River Witham and is divided into two zones - Uphill and
Downhill. Originally a Roman town, it’s grown to become a key tourist centre,
home to historic sights and landmarks. It’s located in the East Midlands of
England, and has a population of more than 100,000. The city has a maritime
climate, characterised by mild winters and cool summers.
Lincoln started life as an Iron Age settlement, before later
being conquered by the Romans - who turned the city into a legionary fortress
and renamed it Lindum Colonia. In the Viking period, Lincoln was a prominent
trading centre known for its export of coins and, by 1068 Lincoln Castle was
built, bringing with it a transformation to the topography of the city.
In the years that followed, Lincoln became one of the
wealthiest towns in Britain on account of its trade cloth and wool. These days,
Lincoln’s economy is centred on a mixture of tourism, arable farming, commerce
and public administration. The city also has a developing IT economy. It’s
currently home to the University of Lincoln and Lincoln City Football Club.
Popular attractions in Lincoln include Guildhall and
Stonebow Lincoln, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, and the historic walking
area, Steep Hill. For great art, head to either the Harding House Gallery or
the Sam Scorer Gallery. And, for nature, visit the Lincoln Arboretum. Other
sites worth seeing include Lincoln Medieval Bishops Palace, Doddington Hall and
Gardens, and St. Katherine’s Heritage and Cultural Centre.
Lincoln can be reached by car or train. The two main roads
which run through the city are the A46 and A15, which connect to Bath, Leicester
and Peterborough. The city has one main train station - Lincoln Central - which
offers services to Sheffield, Nottingham and Grimsby. The closest airport to
Lincoln is Humberside International Airport at roughly 32 miles away.
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