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Lincoln City, the Cathedral, Castle and Museum

Aug 17, 2007
The Lincoln skyline is dominated by its magnificent cathedral elevated above the city. This is an ancient city set in the heart of some of England's most green and pleasant lands. The city boomed under the Roman occupation providing good settlements for Roman citizens. There are many Roman remains including the only roman bridge still used by traffic.

The Cathedral
Walk up 'Steep Hill' over ancient cobble stones, past antique and collector's shops towards the 'Cathedral Quarter'. Here you will find Lincoln Cathedral rising towards the heavens.

The cathedral has taken centuries to build and undergone many changes. This splendid example of medieval architecture will simply take your breath away. Its treasures are many including one of the four remaining copies of the original 'Magna Carta' - currently on loan to Lincoln Castle.
The arcading was designed by none other than Sir Christopher Wren. The Cathedral holds many rare books in 'Wren's Library', including first editions of Paradise Lost and Don Quixote.

Here you will see the shrine of St Hugh set in the beautiful Angel Choir. Bishop Hugh began the rebuilding of the cathedral in 1192.

The symbol of the city of Lincoln is the 'Lincoln Imp' which can be seen sitting on a pillar inside the cathedral. Legend has it that the imp was sent by Satan to destroy the cathedral and was turned into stone by an angel where it remains until this day.

Recently, the cathedral played host to the filming of 'The Da Vinci Codes' which led to some claims that here was the place where Mary Magdalene was buried. The stars of the film, including Tom Hanks, stayed in Lincoln for the filming and a tour of places they frequented is now available.

Lincoln Castle
With its 10feet thick walls this castle was the scene of many battles. King John fought to gain control over his barons here. During the civil war it was where the Royalists surrendered to the Roundheads.

Inside the walls are two towers and a 14th century prison, Cobb Hall, where people were publicly executed until 1868.

The castle houses one of the original copies of the Magna Carta.

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Visit this museum to gain an insight into social and industrial history of England from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Amongst the many interesting displays you will be able to view one of the first tanks ever made. You will learn about the life of the 'poacher' from exhibits of traditional poaching devices. Exhibits showing the evolution of agriculture show how the region developed and is still developing around the industry.

Spoilt for Choice
Lincoln has so much to offer you will be spoilt for choice. As well as all the historical sites there are parklands and open spaces to enjoy a relaxing stroll. Numerous cafes, bars and restaurants provide a range of menus including some of the favourite local food. Enjoy a traditional English tea at one of the tea shops. Visit the annual Christmas market for some traditional Christmas gifts. Lincoln is a compact city so everything is accessible on foot. Enjoy!
About the Author
Ann Coveney is a freelance writer and part time school teacher. She can be hired to write articles on a wide range of topics. The web site she uses the most for low cost travel and hotel booking is http://www.AskVicki.co.uk
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