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Where to Stay in Lincoln - Historic Center, Waterfront, or Cathedral Quarter?

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Accommodation in Lincoln ranges from simple bed-and-breakfasts to top-end international chain hotels. You'll find most of the former in the city's historic centre, while the more modern hotels are located around Brayford Waterfront, a redeveloped docklands area. If you want to stay in an elegant manor house, you'll have several to choose from, both in the city centre and on countryside estates.

City centre - Cathedral Quarter


If you're visiting for Lincoln's sights, and want to soak up the atmosphere of a medieval city, this is the area to stay in. You'll be within a few minutes' walk of all the top attractions, including both Lincoln Cathedral and the castle. When dining out, you'll also have a large choice of pubs and restaurants in easy walking distance. If your mobility is limited, however, bear in mind that some streets in this neighbourhood are very steep.


In the Cathedral Quarter - also known as "Uphill" - you can stay in Victorian manor houses or in large, family-run hotels. Both welcome families with children, couples, and business visitors. You can also opt for a room above a traditional pub.


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Brayford Waterfront


Brayford Waterfront is a renovated docklands area to the south of Cathedral Quarter. The neighbourhood has become a focus of nightlife in the city, and you'll have plenty of eating, drinking, and entertainment venues to choose from. Most hotels here have views of the water, and also of the cathedral. You'll be a short walk from Lincoln University, as well as from Lincoln railway station. It's 15 minutes on foot - uphill - to the cathedral.


Accommodation around Brayford Waterfront and Lincoln University is mostly in the form of large international chain hotels. They are spacious and modern, and will suit both business travellers and tourists alike. All are family-friendly.


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The lower town


Away from Brayford Waterfront, other hotels in the lower part of Lincoln - locally referred to as "Downhill" - are fairly spread out. You'll find several close to the main railway station, and the High Street shopping area. Others are on the outskirts of the city, which makes them easily accessible by car, and close to the local business parks. Even if you're staying on the edge of town, an efficient bus network will take you to the station and the Cathedral Quarter within minutes.


Most of the lower town's accommodation choices are B&Bs. They will suit your needs whether you're here on business, visiting as a couple, or travelling as a family. You'll find other B&B options in the form of rooms above pubs.


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Lincolnshire countryside


The countryside around Lincoln is mainly farmland, dotted with charming, old-fashioned villages. These can make a good base if you're looking to explore the Lincolnshire region in greater depth. Many accommodation choices here have panoramic rural views. But you'll still only be a short drive from the sights of central Lincoln.


In most villages, the local pubs rent out rooms on a B&B basis. Several country manor houses have been reconfigured as upscale romantic country hotels. These are popular with people looking to celebrate a big occasion, such as a wedding. A few farms in the area also offer B&B accommodation.


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