Date Posted: 11/05/2015
Lincoln is set for an annus mirablis in 2015, which is great news for groups.
This year sees the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. And, as the permanent home of one of only four original copies of the document, the city will take a lead role in the country-wide celebrations.
On 1st April, Lincoln Castle re-opened following a £22 million refurbishment. Visitors can now explore a new visitors’ centre that showcases the Magna Carta, as well as take part in a series of new wall walks.
Between 13th and 15th June, The Great Magna Carta Weekend will take place in the city, featuring a carnival, storytelling, street art and a fireworks finale over the Brayford Waterfront.
In addition to the Magna Carta openings and events, the latest in the list of Lincoln's attractions will be unveiled in June. The International Bomber Command Memorial Centre will mark the sacrifice of 25,000 aircrew, who were once based in Lincolnshire, but lost their lives in World War Two. The centre will feature a 30-metre memorial spire and two peace gardens.
Lincoln Cathedral: Lincoln Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world. It was commissioned by William the Conqueror and consecrated in 1092. Groups can take guided tours, taking in the roof, workshop, and treasury.
Steep Hill: This storybook hill is the heart of the city. It’s lined with independent shops, tea rooms and old-world pubs, and was once awarded the title of Britain’s Best Street.
The Medieval Bishops’ Palace: Built in the late 12th century, the Medieval Bishops’ Palace was once one of the most important buildings in England. Henry the Eighth stayed here with Catherine Howard during his reign. Today, groups can take an audio tour of the ruins as well as explore the vineyard that was established in 2012.
Pictured: The new Lincoln Bomber Command memorial.
Take a Tour
Ghost walks: The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk runs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm from the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square. Private group tours can also be arranged in advance.
Walking tours: The Lincoln Guild of Tour Guides offers a spectrum of guided tours and group rates are available for parties of 17 or more. Everything from history tours of the Cathedral Quarter to hidden gem tours in downtown Lincoln are available.
Brayford Belle: This boat is one of the icons of the city. It’s located on the Brayford Waterfront and hosts river cruises five times a day. Groups of 20 or more can take advantage of discounted rates.
Best for Group Tours
Lincoln Arboretum: Pooling out over 22 acres of parkland near the Cultural Quarter, the arboretum offers gardens, lakes, fountains and a maze.
The Collection: The Collection brings together an archaeology museum and a premier art gallery – The Usher. Exhibitions and events are constantly changing here and many include group tours.
Lincoln Castle: Group visits to Lincoln Castle can be tailored to include Medieval wall walks, visits to the Victorian prison, viewings of the Magna Carta, and breathers in the café, which showcases local produce.
Where to stay
DoubleTree by Hilton: Overlooking the Brayford Waterfront, this is one of Lincoln’s newest hotels. The Electric Bar & Restaurant on the fifth floor is one of the most popular places for cocktails in the city.
Holiday Inn: Just a few minutes’ walk from the high street this hotel is in a prime location.
The White Hart: You’ll find this suited-and-booted hotel in the centre of the Cathedral Quarter, just a few minutes’ walk from the castle and cathedral.
Lincoln has a 24-carat theatre and arts scene. The LPAC shows cutting-edge theatre and some of the world’s most renowned dance groups. Group discounts are available on most performances. The Drill Hall meanwhile has a track record of showing the next big things in drama, dance, comedy and spoken word. This is one of the main locations for the Lincoln Book Festival, which will take place between 28th September and 3rd October this year.
For more information on group visits to Lincoln, visit www.visitlincoln.com/groups.