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Discover Lincoln - Historical Group Tours
Historic Lincoln, Roman Ruins, Majestic Gothic Cathedral,
Medieval Castle, and Magna Carta

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About your tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.

Mercian are a professional archaeology company who specialists in Community Archaeology, Public Involvement, Research & Training, and are based in the local area.

Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours

Experienced tourist guides and heritage tourism practitioners.

Mercian regularly talk and present on archaeology to groups and at conferences, and are passionate about teaching and education.

They have made a number of TV appearances as experts on Sherwood Forest, including in the UK on the BBC, Channel Four (Walking Through History, and site consultancy for Time Team), and Channel Five (Secrets Beneath Britain), as well as internationally including for ARTE (France & Germany), They have been interviewed a number of times on BBC Radio 4 including the ‘Making History’ show, and provided consultancy for BBC Radio 3. They have also been interviewed in magazines and for newspapers including in the United States, and UK.

Let expert historians and archaeologists guide you through the beautiful timber-framed buildings and cobbled streets of Historic Lincoln, visit hidden Roman ruins, explore one of Europe's finest medieval Gothic cathedrals, wander around the walls of one of England's finest castles, and see for yourself an original copy of the Magna Carta.

Historic Uphill Lincoln  -  Lincoln Cathedral  -  Lincoln Castle  -  Magna Carta  -  the Charter of the Forest

Lincoln has a rich heritage stretching back to Roman times and beyond. Founded as a fort occupied by the famous 9th Legion of the all-conquering Roman army, the town grew to become a regional capital or Roman Britain.

The strategic importance of Lincoln resulted in the building of the castle within the walls of the Roman town, When the Normans invaded in 1066.

The town evolved and flourished during the medieval period to provide us with the awe-inspiring Cathedral; England’s 3rd largest, and perhaps finest example of Early English Gothic architecture.

In 1215 Magna Carta was sealed, limiting the powers of the King. In the years that followed Lincoln played a major part in the struggles to implement this ancient charter of liberties. This culminated in the Battle of Lincoln in 1217.

The streets are dotted with signs of this past.

Your guides will reveal hidden Roman Walls, ancient gateways, arches, medieval churches, wells,

Your tour will begin with a guided walk around the historic streets.

A guided tour of the Cathedral, with spare time to explore this wonder of Gothic architecture for yourself.

After a chance to experience lunch in one of the towns beautiful eateries, you will enter the Castle and wander around the walls of this ancient fortress, followed by the chance to visit the Victorian and Georgian prisons within the Castle, and to view the original Magna Carta in the specially constructed Magna Carta Vaults.

One of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta has been in the town since these times, belonging to the Cathedral,  and can be seen in Lincoln Castle.

Uphill Lincoln is now home to a myriad of boutiques, restaurants, craft shops, cafes, independent guesthouse and luxury hotels.

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Enjoy an hour of free time at the end of your tour taking in Lincoln’s array of independent boutiques and shops on the award-winning Steep Hill.

Let expert historians and archaeologists guide you through the beautiful timber-framed buildings and cobbled streets of Historic Lincoln.

In the morning visit hidden Roman ruins, and admire the breath-taking architecture, stained glass and history of Lincoln Cathedral towering high above the city.

After lunch, explore Lincoln’s ancient castle, which houses original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Climb the battlements of the medieval wall walk or descend into the depths of the Victorian prison.

Lincoln Castle

Just a few minutes’ walk-away, you’ll step through the impressive gatehouse of Lincoln Castle. Cultural Heritage Tours will guide you deep into the vaults in which the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest are housed, explaining the immense significance of these 800-year old texts and how the legend of Robin Hood came to be.

You will then have free time to take in the extraordinary views over the city along the Castle’s brilliantly preserved medieval wall walk, explore the Victorian prison cells, or learn more about the bloody battles and history of the Castle.

On a clear day it is said you can even see Sherwood Forest from the top of the walls!

After arriving by your coach or aboard Cultural Heritage Tours’ red London bus, your host will guide you through the cobbled streets of historic Lincoln. Famous for its breath-taking Cathedral, being the home of an original Magna Carta and of course Lincoln Green – Robin Hood’s outfit of choice!

Steep Hill Lincoln

Roman Lincoln

On an hour-long tour of Lincoln’s old quarter, your tour guide will expose the fascinating history of this ancient city, told through easy-to-miss Roman relics and hidden medieval gems which are still visible today. Discover how the picturesque city has developed over millennia, hear stories of the ancient settlers who claimed the land, and learn how the city has evolved and adapted over 2,000 years. The tour finishes with insights into the breath-taking architecture of Lincoln Cathedral,  and a visit to the statue of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Victorian poet laureate… revealing more secrets of the city’s history.

Lincoln Cathedral

You will be met by a resident guide at the Cathedral’s main entrance, who will escort you around the key features of this magnificent 13th century English Gothic building.

Used in the 2006 movie, The Da Vinci Code, for scenes of Westminster Abbey, the atmospheric cloisters are also reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and will spark the imagination of children and bookworms alike.

Hear the legend of the Lincoln Imp, admire the extensive stained-glass windows, find fossils in the stonework, and pre-book to see an original ‘Robin Hood poem’ in the Cathedral’s library (by appointment only – speak to Cultural Heritage Tours for more information). A short tour of the roof and tower can also be arranged in advance.

Take some time for lunch in one of Lincoln’s restaurants, pubs or tea rooms before your afternoon visit to Lincoln Castle..

Lincoln Cathedral