The city only an hour away from Nottingham with stunning cobbled streets

Steep Hill, Lincoln
-Credit: (Image: Lincolnshire Live)


In the historic city of Lincoln, only an hour drive away from Nottingham, lies a charming cobbled street known as Steep Hill. This quaint street, lined with independent shops, eateries, tea rooms and boutiques, leads up to the iconic Lincoln Cathedral.

Steep Hill itself is steeped in history and was awarded the Great Street Award by the Academy of Urbanism in 2012 for its ability to "adapt while respecting and enhancing its heritage". Halfway up this picturesque street stands Norman House, a building dating back to around 1170, making it one of the oldest surviving domestic buildings in the UK.

Today, Norman House is home to a specialist tea shop but was originally built for Aaron of Lincoln, a Jewish moneylender who lent large sums of money to nobility including King Henry II, according to the Express. The street also hosts some of the city's top restaurants.

At the foot of Steep Hill, within a 12th-century stone building, is The Jews House, an independent restaurant offering both an a la carte and a tasting menu made up of locally sourced food.

Steep Hill, Lincoln
Steep Hill, Lincoln -Credit:James Turner/Lincolnshire Live

Beyond Steep Hill, Lincoln is a city rich in history and stunning architecture. Its crowning glory is undoubtedly the Lincoln Cathedral, which held the title of the world's tallest building for over two centuries, reports the Mirror.

This record stood until 1549 when the spire collapsed. If it had remained intact, the 160-metre-tall building would have retained the title of the world's tallest structure for nearly six centuries.

This British city also boasts the cathedral which holds one of only two Wren Libraries globally.

Constructed in the 17th century, this library gained much praise from art historian, Sir Roy Strong, who acclaimed it as England's most handsome room.

Prominent architect, Sir Christopher Wren, famed for St Paul's Cathedral and Kensington Palace to name a few, is behind this timber-framed building filled with oak reading desks currently used by scholars and academics worldwide.

More historical wealth can be found in Lincoln which also houses a castle instructed by William the Conqueror in 1068 following his success in the Battle of Hastings.

The fortress protects an original 1215 Magna Carta, counted among the most important documents globally, along with a Victorian prison, home to those in debt until 1878.

Interestingly, this jail implemented a unique "separate system", aimed at prompting inmates to reflect, show contrition and improve their behaviour.