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 Old Palace Lodge sits in the shadows of Lincoln Cathedral and is unique Church, converted into sixteen comfortable classic rooms, master rooms and a grand suite.
It is the perfect location to visit the ancient city of Lincoln where guests can visit the Castle, many independent shops, bars and restaurants. The Church is hidden just off our Steep Hill, amongst the cobbled streets.
The lodge blends traditional features, such as the beautiful stained-glass windows, with modern facilities in each room. It shows every bit of luxury with the added wow factor to the rooms.
The design of the rooms is cosy, yet spacious at the same time, giving you the perfect balance. Each room has a different theme, with a rich atmosphere in the air. The rooms offer great value for money, with breakfast and parking all included in the rates. The lodge is every bit of luxury any guest could wish for whilst visiting the historical City of Lincoln.
Breakfast provides a continental style buffet and a locally sourced hot breakfast menu. The breakfast room is sited in the main chapel and has the most amazing stained-glass windows in Lincoln.
There is a comfortable lounge for guests to relax after a busy day exploring Lincoln and a 24-hour reception to assist guests.
If you want something a bit different, The Old Palace Lodge is exactly the place for you.
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).
Ashlin Farm Barns offers 5 luxury holiday cottages, each with their own private hot tub for 10 people, only 5 miles from Lincoln, secluded in beautiful countryside.
Each of the 5 luxurious and spacious holiday cottages, comfortably accommodates 10 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms. Situated just 5 miles from the bustling Cathedral city of Lincoln, the barns are a perfect base for exploring Lincolnshire, the Wolds and the nearby coast. Stroll down our peaceful country lane to the wild flower meadow, woodland and nature reserve. At the end of the day, curl up in front of the log burner or relax in your very own hot tub.
Whether you are looking for group holidays, family holidays or girly weekend getaways, Ashlin Farm Barns is the perfect place for you to celebrate your special occasions with family and friends.