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Lincoln town guide

Nowadays most of the main routes bypass the city of Lincoln, which is a shame. Lincoln has a rich history with a fascinating medieval centre and a wide variety of other historic buildings.

The history of Lincoln began with an Iron Age settlement known as Lindun, meaning the place by the pool. The pool was Brayford Pool a natural harbour on the River Witham.

The strategic importance of Lincoln was recognised by the Romans who established a garrison and renamed it Lindum. This later became Lindum Colonia from where we get the modern Lincoln.

Throughout its subsequent history Lincoln has assumed a position of importance in the area. Just two years after the conquest William the conqueror began the construction of Lincoln Castle and shortly after in 1072 the cathedral was begun. The cathedral is one of the largest in Britain and stands proudly in the old medieval heart of the city with the ruins of the Bishop's palace beside it. The medieval centre of Lincoln is blessed with an abundance of original 14th and 15th century buildings, as well as a large number of half-timbered Tudor houses.

High Bridge is the oldest bridge in England to have houses built upon it. The structure dates from the 12th century, and looks its age in the most complimentary fashion.

There is a wide variety of interesting museums in Lincoln, including the Incredibly Fantastic Old Toy Show of childhood games and toys, and the Usher Gallery, featuring original poems and memorabilia of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, a native of Lincolnshire.

A Heritage Trail links many of the historic attractions in the city centre, and a leaflet describing the trail is available at the Tourist Information Centre on Castle Hill. The Tourist Information Centre is also the departure point for a variety of fascinating tours of the city, including guided walking tours, open top bus tours, ghost walks, river trips, and horse drawn carriage rides.

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