Where to go in Lincoln for Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

The annual Discover Lincolnshire weekend returns, offering both residents and tourists the chance to get an insight in the county’s heritage. Better still, most of the events are free of charge, or even offer something not available to visitors on a typical day.

Not sure where to begin? Below is a list of all the Lincoln events happening around the city for you to choose from.


Lincoln Castle

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free*

Lincoln Castle will be hosting a range of events within the castle grounds. You can walk around the walls for excellent views of the city, view the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest, and enjoy various reenactments throughout the weekend.

You can also see life as a prisoner in the castle and get a prison tour (limited), listen to music by the Lincoln City Waites, learn about 15th Century life with the Lincoln Castle Garrison living history camp, and watch archery and falconry displays.

*This weekend event is ticketed, and a limited number of tickets were available for free for Lincoln residents (two tickets per household). These tickets will also grant you discounted access to events in Lincoln Cathedral too. Tickets are digital: just give staff your ticket reference number.

If you missed out on the free tickets, you are still invited to take part in the events. Ticket prices start at £3, and are available on the door.

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Lincoln Cathedral

Date: March 16
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free ground floor tours, other tours from £3*

Lincoln Cathedral, one of the greatest in the country, will be offering some great tours for you to indulge in. As well as free ground floor tours, go higher and check out the upper floor tours: the tower towers and cathedral rooftop. All the tours are hourly. On the Sunday, check out the Cathedral Library.

*This weekend event is ticketed, and a limited number of tickets were be available for free for Lincoln residents (two tickets per household). These tickets will give you discounted access to upper floor tours, and free access to events in Lincoln Castle too. Tickets are digital: just give staff your ticket reference number.

If you missed out on the free tickets, you are still invited to take part in the events. Entry ticket prices start at £1, and are available on the door.

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Lincoln Transport Museum

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free

For those interested in vintage vehicles, or motoring in general, the Lincoln Transport Museum is a must-see.

The museum houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history, many used in Lincoln. There are also displays of transport history, including a traditional workshop.

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Vintage Bus Ride

Date: March 17
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: Free

If you want a direct link between the Transport Museum and the city in order to visit the other events, why not take a ride on a vintage bus?

The museum will be operating a free bus service linking the museum with the city centre, the Cathedral Quarter and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. This will run every hour for free and will use a number of vintage buses dating back to the 1940s.

The fleet used include Lincoln City Transport no.23 from 1948, Lincoln City Transport no.64 from 1941, and Lincolnshire Road Car no.2115 from 1946.

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The Collection

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free

Join The Collection Museum for an informal tour of the highlights of the archaeology displays on the Saturday at 2pm. No need to book. There are also plenty of interesting displays and exhibitions running throughout the museum.

Find out about Lincolnshire’s past and discover fascinating artefacts you had never noticed before. Tours are suitable for all ages.

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Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free

As part of the Discover Greater Lincolnshire weekend, visitors can get free entry to the museum’s living history weekend, where Victorian characters will be sprucing up the house and their shops ready for Easter.

Dont forget to take a look at the wide array of vehicles and tanks also on display on site.

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Tour the Stonebow and Guildhall

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 3pm
Price: Free

Ever wondered what’s actually inside Lincoln’s largest remaining gateway? Now’s your chance to find out.

Get a guided tour of the building and historic insignia within. Tours last approximately an hour. The Guildhall and Stonebow date back to 1520 and is on the site of the Roman southern gateway. The Guildhall is the official ‘home’ of the Mayor and houses the city’s fine collection of insignia displayed in the old debtors prison.

Guests should note that disabled access is very limited due to the age and nature of the building.


Open Top Bus Tours

Date: March 16 – 17
Time: 10am – 3pm
Price: Free

Discover Lincolnshire Weekend marks the return of Lincoln’s eye-catching open top bus, which travels around the city.

The tickets for the bus tours last for 24 hours, meaning those using the service can hop on and off throughout its route. Plus, the sightseeing bus offers live commentary on interesting areas of the city — perhaps you’ll learn something new! Tours start at Lincoln Cathedral.

Collect your free ticket from the Lincoln Visitor Infomation Centre in Castle Hill.

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Farmer’s Market

Date: March 16
Time: 9am – 4pm

Enjoy browsing a variety of fresh, local produce with the stunning backdrop of the castle and cathedral while you go between Discover Lincolnshire events.

The farmer’s markets in Lincoln are full of all different kinds of treats, from superb cuts of meats to homemade cakes and sweet delights.


Craft Market

Date: March 16
Time: 10am – 4pm

The Craft Market in Cornhill is the best place to finish off a tiring day visiting all the events around the city.

There will be over 30 stalls in the square, offering all kinds of local, homemade items. Stallholders will include a variety of artists and crafters, so shoppers can expect to find a selection of products, ranging from handbags to paintings, prints and ceramics.


Don’t forget, Discover Lincolnshire Weekend isn’t just limited to Lincoln — there are a number of other great events happening all around the county. If you can, take a trek out of the city and enjoy what the rest of Lincolnshire has to offer. More information on events can be found on the Visit Lincolnshire website.