Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops' palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. The administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, stretching from the Humber to the Thames, its architecture reflected enormous power and wealth.
Explore the site as part of a day out in Lincoln. Guided by our audio tour, see the undercrofted East Hall and also the chapel range and entrance tower built by Bishop William Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s. Relax and enjoy the unique contemporary Heritage Garden, a haven of peace and tranquility.
Due to essential conservation work Lincoln Medieval Bishops Palace may have limited access. The exhibition, Tower and West Hall are open with free admission during these times. The site is looked after by English Heritage.
It's always good to know you're not staying far from tasty food and refreshing drinks! Here are a few suggestion based on the proximity.
Bunty's Tea Room is a family run vintage tea room which can be found half way up Lincoln's Steep Hill. Take a nostalgic glimpse into yesteryear with the fancy teapots, mis-matched china cups and saucers, big band music and familiar scenes and objects, hung from the medieval walls of this Grade 2 listed building.
Bunty's is a traditional tea room serving homemade cakes, scones and light lunches. They have a wide selection of teas and infusions to choose from and their very own blend of loose leaf tea. They specialise in Afternoon Tea which is served throughout the day until one hour before close, all freshly prepared for you to enjoy.
A traditional English tea shop, located just five minutes from both Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral at the top of Steep Hill. Wherever possible we use local produce and ingredients and all food is prepared to order. We have a great selection of loose leaf teas and coffee and delicious homemade cakes and scones. We serve a delicious full English breakfast all day and tasty sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes.
Situated on Steep Hill, Browns Pie Shop is in the heart of historic Cathedral City of Lincoln and is one of the city's favourite dining establishments.
The restaurant is owned by Allan and Christine Gill who took the helm in November 2005. With the help of their family, they have enhanced its already excellent reputation.
It's not Just a Pie Shop - at Brown's Restaurant, they're famous for pies - they're delicious, but that's not all they do. The menu includes fish, seafood, steaks, game, vegetarian and gluten free dishes are all available.
If you have special dietary requirements, they'll do their best to accommodate you, just give them a call.
Attention to every detail ensures an unforgettable dining experience.
Why not make it more than a day in Lincoln and find a cosy place to stay? Here are a few possibilities close by.
The Newport Guest House is luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a recently refurbished Victorian town house just a 5 minute walk from the historic city centre of Lincoln.
The building has been extended and tastefully decorated to the highest standards with each room being individually designed to be comfortable and relaxing whilst being in a warm and welcoming home from home atmosphere.
Situated near the famous Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle (containing the Magna Carta) surrounded by beautiful boutique shops, cafes and restaurants – there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from the famous Lincoln Baron Trail to the Waterside shopping centre.
From the Guest House entrance you can start your stroll along the beautiful cobbled streets of the Bailgate, into the historical Cathedral quarter with its rich history and stunning views over Lincoln.
They are a pet friendly Guest House and all of our rooms are decorated and maintained to the highest standards and include en-suite facilities, central heating, 32″ flat screen television with Freeview, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries plus free wireless internet/free wifi access throughout the building.
The Castle Hotel in Lincoln offers luxurious, home-from-home comfort. In a fantastic hotel in Lincoln city centre setting - just a quick walk from town. Book with them directly for access to exclusive special offers.
With stunning views, luxury rooms, Serviced Apartments and fantastic food available at the Lounge Bar or Reform Restaurant. The central location means guests are perfectly placed to enjoy Lincoln's many attractions. They have a wide range of room types available. All with award-winning interior design to add a hint of luxury and style.
The Castle is one of the finest hotels in Lincoln. They pride themselves in offering the very best experience. The team of professional staff are on hand to assist you 24/7. They aim to make your visit to Lincoln pleasurable and relaxing.
With free on-site parking reserved especially for you, and a relaxed bar for an enjoyable evening. They help to provide the perfect haven for anyone looking to visit Lincoln.
A warm welcome awaits you at Creston Villa, where Iain and Anna will endeavour to make your stay in Lincoln as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Creston Villa offers the highest level of bed and breakfast accommodation with spacious rooms, decorated to the most taseful of standards. Everything is provided from hairdryers to toiletries and filtered water for your tea and coffee. Should you have a particular need we will do our best to help.
Car parking is provided for all our guests and if travelling by bus or train we are delighted to offer a pick up and drop off service at your Lincoln arrival point (subject to availability).