I lived in Lincoln, Lincolnshire for 4 whole years while at university and I just want to say – BEST TIME EVER! Lincoln is a great city, both for students and working adults, there is so much to do and the city is very accessible, everything is walking distance from each other. It is one of my favourite cities in the UK and I definitely want to visit again soon to relive some of my great uni memories.
Living there for 4 years also meant I did a lot of exploring with my friends and boyfriend. Here are some amazing things you can get up to in Lincoln even if for a day trip for not-a-lot of money!
The Collection Museum
I spent a lot of my time here during my Master’s Degree as I did my degree in Arts Journalism and this was the place to be – and the museum always holds tons of free events for anyone to come join. The museum is free entry for all except for certain special exhibitions that are on occasionally.
Back when I was still at uni, some of my favourite exhibitions were SPACE, The Usher Gallery Rehang and Portraits. There are tons of activities for kids too! Almost every time I went I saw kids on a school trip also visiting.
The Collection Museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm, located at The Collection
Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP. They have a little gift shop at the entrance which sells loads of really cute and affordable memorabilia.
Daisy Made Farm
This wouldn’t be a very Marissa-y travel post without some animals!
If you’ve got a car, Daisy Made Farm is the perfect place to visit on a sunny day! My house mate Shanie drove a few of us there on a nice Summer’s day and it was one of the best days out I’d had. Not only do you get ice cream, you also get llamas! It’s a petting zoo and ice cream parlour all in one!
Their ice cream menu is also HUGE. They offer both dairy free and gluten free ice cream options which is amazing. Their prices are also great, you can get a triple scoop waffle ice cream for £4.20. They also have food options and you can view their menu here. After having your lovely ice cream, you can go pet the llamas, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs that they have at the farm. You can feed them too! They also have a golf and play area.
Daisy Made Farm is located at Lincoln Road, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, LN6 5SA and they are open 10am to 6pm daily from March to October and open 10am to 5pm from November to February (closed on Mondays in the Winter). Do give them a little visit as it is absolutely lovely in the summer!
Lincoln’s West Common
The picture above is definitely one of my favourite pictures I have of my boyfriend in the common surrounded by greenery and the lovely yellow flowers.
Here is a place you can visit for £0! I spent a lot of my sunny mornings and even cold wintery afternoons in the common as my boyfriend’s uni accommodation was right to it! We were so close that we could literally hear horses neighing at around 8am everyday.
The West Common is lovely for picnics in the lush green grass, unfortunately I never had one because I spent most of my time there petting horses. The horses roam free here and are generally quite friendly and more than happy to be shown some affection. The gates are always unlocked so you can walk around here at any time of the day.
Lincoln’s High Street
A little shopping never hurt anybody! I loved Lincoln’s High Street so much. There was a very large variety of stores like Primark, New Look, Accessorize, M&S, Lush, GAME and a Waterstones! Food options were great too, you could find Patisserie Valerie, Churchill’s, the lovely Stoke’s High Bridge cafe as well as several fast food places like McDonald’s and Burger King!
There are also lots of events held at the high street such as food festivals, performances and rallies. The High Street stretches up towards the oh-so-famous Steep Hill where you can find more indie stores with unique buys for your loved ones. I cannot count how many times I’ve been up and down Steep Hill just to look at the amazing stores. You might even find some vintage items at a low price.
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (aka The LPAC)
Ah, the LPAC. Home of drama and arts students alike.
As the name suggests, the LPAC is contemporary arts organisation located in the campus of the University of Lincoln. It plays host to works such as comedy, writing, family shows, classical music and contemporary performance. Some of the shows I’ve watched there were Rob Auton’s Sleep Show and Am I Dead Yet?
Tickets are always very reasonable and you can get a “LIVE PASS” if you’re a student and get discounted prices on tickets 😊 It was a real perk for me as an arts journalism student as I had to watch and review plays quite often.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is without a doubt one of the most amazing wildlife parks I’ve ever been to, mostly because of the aviary which we stayed in for almost 2 hours to play with and feed the birds. The aviary is huge and the birds are all very friendly and sit on you if they feel comfortable with you. I couldn’t believe this was a thing as I’d never been into a huge walk-in aviary before.
Amongst the birds, there are also tigers, pumas, lemurs, tapirs (ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ANIMALS OF ALL TIME!), otters, tortoises and frogs. We spent almost an entire afternoon there as there was so much to do!
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is located at Dickon Hill Road, Friskney, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 8PP. They are open throughout the year – from 10am to 5pm in March – October and 10am – 4pm from November – February. Ticket prices are only £11.95 for adults!
Thank you for reading my post about Lincoln – one of the best places to visit in the UK! I had a lovely 4 years there and I cannot wait to visit again and relive some of my cute university memories.
Have you ever been to Lincoln or in the Lincolnshire area? Where did you go and what did you do? Share your ideas and experiences below! If you studied in the University of Lincoln like I did, what did you major in? Did you enjoy the uni life there?