August 23, 2011 5.06 pm This story is over 151 months old

Top 5 Lincoln hidden gems

Hidden gems: Looking for something new to check out in Lincoln? Start with these five interesting places.

Tired of waiting for service in the city centre, or just want to get away from the crowds? Avoid the hustle and bustle of the High Street this summer and head over to these five relaxing spots of Lincoln, which you may have not realised even existed.

— Additional reporting by Lauren Westwood, photography by Kelly Moore

The Dog and Bone, John Street

You’ll have to trail off the beaten track a bit to discover this charming venue. The quaint pub has everything you need to enjoy an evening of entertainment with friends. It boasts a beautiful beer garden that oozes with personality, but whatever the weather, if you choose a game of darts or opt for one of the many board games, there are hours of fun to be had.

The Lawn (Lincoln’s secret garden), Union Road

The Lawn offers a great day out for anyone looking for something different to do with the kids before they head back to school. For an adventurous day out on your own doorstep, why not try the innovatively designed play park, or head to the tropical Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, where nature fanatics can explore the exotic aquarium? Also look out for the secret garden hidden within the stone walls.

The Bishops’ Palace, Minster Yard

This English Heritage site is just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral. The heritage building and beautiful garden are open to the public every day until the end of October except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A family ticket will only cost you £11.40. Steeped in history, this preserved palace is a great place to visit with the whole family. It’s easy to get to, but not so easy to find… so keep your eyes peeled for the medieval haven.

Bar 67, Northgate

Hidden below the Lincoln Hotel is swanky wine cellar, Bar ’67. The extensive wine list boasts plenty of grape-based goodness to tickle the taste buds as well as a selection of cured meats, cheeses and olives for those after a light snack. Bottles start at £15 and there’s a great range of spirits, beers and soft drinks too. With bags of atmosphere, cosy seating and a fantastic location opposite the cathedral, this snug saloon is the perfect place to spend an evening out on the tiles.

Bail House Tea Rooms, Bailgate

If you fancy a cake and a cuppa, then head to the Bail House Tea Rooms and discover Lincoln’s very own slice of paradise. From the cobbled street, this quaint little café may resemble your average tea room, but at the back sits a luscious haven with ample seating, a children’s play area (complete with trampoline) and plenty of character. On a sunny day there’s no prettier place to perch. Visitors may also wish to take advantage of the luxurious Bail House Hotel located just next door.