Living in Lincoln
Famous for its Gothic cathedral, the city of Lincoln is a wonderful place to live if you are looking for a new family home with access to the best of town and country living.
New houses are being built not just in the city but in nearby villages such as Nettleham, offering a wide choice of new home sizes, styles and prices on a range of housing developments.
Lincoln city centre itself is compact with plenty of opportunities to shop, relax with a cup of tea or dine in style. From Lincoln Cathedral and Steep Hill to the bars of Brayford waterfront, there’s plenty to discover in Lincoln.
The joys of Lincoln don't stop at the city – the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside is close by and the delights of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the resorts of the Lincolnshire coastline are a stone’s throw away.
House prices in Lincoln*
The average price for a residential property in Lincoln is around £208,000. A detached house in the town will cost you an average of around £238,000 while a semi-detached house will set you back in the region of £157,000. The average price of a terraced house in Lincoln is circa £134,000 and flats in the town cost about £121,000 on average.
*Housing marketing statistics from Zoopla in April 2018
Things to do and see in Lincoln
Lincoln is divided into ‘Uphill’ and ‘Downhill’ connected by the narrow pedestrian street named Steep Hill – a very accurate description! Uphill is the northern party of the city incorporating the cathedral, castle and bishop’s palace in the historic quarter. Downhill is the city centre.
Lincoln is a ‘cultural city’. The waterfront area is home to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the Project Plus Space and the Engine Shed – the region’s largest music venue. You can also take a river trip on the Brayford Belle.
Regular farmers’, artists’ and antiques markets take place in and around Castle Square in addition to the annual Christmas market. To north is the Brailsgate shopping area and to the south the independent shops, boutiques and restaurants of Steep Hill. High street brand names can be found at the Waterside Shopping Centre, St Mark’s Shopping Centre and Sincil Street.
There are plenty of restaurants, pubs, tearooms, bars and cafes to enjoy. The city also offers plenty for the family looking for a new home in Lincoln including museums, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, parks, open spaces and waterways. There are historic houses and gardens to enjoy and there is a plethora of opportunities for family days out.
Private healthcare is provided by BMI The Lincoln Hospital. NHS care is delivered via the United Lincolnshire NHS Hospitals Trust, Lincolnshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Lincolnshire Community Health Services. There is an excellent choice of GP surgeries and dental practices in and around the city.
Sports and leisure amenities in Lincoln include football, hockey, rugby and golf. For the spectator there is Lincoln City FC and the Lincoln Grand Prix one-day cycle race among other things.
Transport links in Lincoln
Virgin Trains East Coast runs services from Lincoln Central station to London, both directly or with a change at Peterborough. Other popular destinations include Newark, Grimsby and Nottingham.
Lincoln is connected to Leicester via the A46. The A15 trunk road runs south, linking the city with Peterborough.
Lincoln is served by several bus companies including Lincolnshire Stagecoach, which provide regular services to neighbouring towns and villages.
Education in Lincoln
Lincoln boasts two higher education institutions, Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln. Lincoln College, which provides further education opportunities, is the largest educational establishment in Lincolnshire.
There is a choice of infant, junior, primary and all-through (Priory Witham Academy) schools in Lincoln. Secondary education is delivered via comprehensive and academy schools including the Priory Academy.
A brief history of Lincoln
Lincoln had an Iron Age settlement which developed into Lindum Colonia at the Northern end of the Fosse Way Roman road during the Roman occupation.
During the dark Ages Lincoln was settled by the Danes, arriving from the sea via the River Trent and the Witham.
Later the town was settled by the Normans and after the conquest William I ordered the castle to be built and work commenced on the cathedral.
During the medieval period Lincoln was one of the wealthiest towns in England as the result of a healthy trade in wool and cloth weaving.
In the English Civil War Lincoln was on the frontier between royalist and parliamentarian forces and changed hands several times, suffering a lot of damage in the process. It wasn’t until the agrarian revolution of the 18th century that city’s fortunes began once again to improve.
Lincoln grew and during the industrial revolution the city excelled in heavy engineering, building locomotives, steam shovels and other heavy machinery. During the First World War Lincoln became central to the development of the tank and during World War II tanks, aircraft, munitions and other war goods were produced in the city.
Current developments in and near Lincoln