Things to do in Lincoln

Lincoln’s got more going on than just sausages. Clamber up Steep Hill, breathe in the historic, Hollywood-starring cathedral, or fall in love with the quirky shops. Be inspired by our pick of the sights, shops and grub.


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Visit Lincoln have shared their top 10 things to do in Lincoln, there's something for everyone in this historical city!

Upcoming events

Gaia – 5 March – 29 May
Luke Jerram’s masterpiece will be soaring into The Collection Museum this spring. Take a trip around the world and explore our planet like never before.

A Great British Summer - 1 June – 31 August
Throughout summer, Lincoln Castle will be hosting a huge schedule of events, incorporating all of the bank holidays, key celebrations, and iconic sporting events taking place this year.

The Lincolnshire Show - 22 – 23 June
A celebration of rural Lincolnshire, bringing together agriculture, farming and heritage, alongside food, drinks, crafts and shopping.

1940s Weekend – 23 – 24 July
Experience the spirit of 1940s Britain with two days of vintage performances, activities and displays in Lincoln’s historic Cathedral Quarter.

Steampunk Festival – 26 – 29 August
Now in its 12th year, this famous festival will feature a fringe-style programme of art, literature, music, fashion and comedy.

Lincoln Christmas Market – 1 – 4 December

The most iconic of Lincoln’s events, the world-famous Christmas Market is the perfect place to kick off the festive season.

Retail therapy

High-street heaven

The place for all your high-street favourites (as you'd expect from the name) is High Street. Splurge or simply window-shop at House of Fraser, M&S, Dorothy Perkins and Fat Face among many others...

Vintage shops, one-off boutiques and homewares

Heaps of quirky, independent shops can be found on this rather steep and famous hill, imaginatively called Steep Hill. Slowly climb its cobbles and be rewarded with vintage boutiques, bookshops, and foodie emporiums. It's been voted Britain's best street and is a bit like something from a Richard Curtis film.

Label lovers - designer shopping

Feel amazing in some top-notch designer threads, from Paul Smith to Ralph Lauren and Barbour to UGG at Agatha. Once voted Britain's best boutique by Vogue, Agatha on Steep Hill is the place for ladies who like to look sharp. You can afford a treat if you've saved money with cheap train tickets to Lincoln.