Friday early (6am) we drove to Lincoln where Ryan and his Dad dropped us near our Air B&B and drove on a half hour to the largest antique fayre in Europe. Since it was too early to get into the Air B&B house, we walked through Lincoln. Finding the High Street was a bit challenging and so we walked up a STEEP hill towards Lincoln Cathedral. Seeing most things did not open until 10 am, Cora finally found the sign pointing in the direction of the High Street, we walked downhill until we found a tasty French café where Cora, Titus, and I enjoyed our second breakfast al fresco!
After breakfast we popped in and out of charity shops (since they opened first) and made our way down the High Street all the way to canal. Here there was a beautiful sculpture of angels reaching across canal and a market going on as well.
Rain started to decend upon us, so we made our way to a uniform shop where we bought school uniforms. Still raining, we wandered the High Street to the beautiful Victorian city library where Cora and Titus read to me whilst I enjoyed a rest.
Ryan and his Dad met back up with us mid-afternoon (due to the fayre shutting early on account of the rain) and together we toured the Bishop’s Palace since it was English Heritage. Titus and Cora enjoyed playing dress-up there whilst we watched (admittedly sometimes through closed eyes) the history.
The Bishop’s Palace according to English Heritage…
Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops’ palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. The administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, stretching from the Humber to the Thames, its architecture reflected enormous power and wealth.
Next morning, we enjoyed market stalls before climbing the steep hill
(where sometimes one may need to stop for sustenance) to Lincoln Castle.
First we watched a knight dual. Then Titus partook in Squire School where he has now been knighted!
After this excitement, we toured the Victorian prison where we surprisingly learned about the prisoners some of who were there the 30 years it was open! The prison had to be shut due to prison fever which resulted from the prison unknowingly being built over sewers.
This castle has medieval origins and even a medieval wall which we walked! The views from this wall and castle tower were gorgeous! From here the grandeur of Lincoln Cathedral and Water Tower could be seen!
Lincoln Cathedral’s grand architecture beckoned us to next come and visit.
There was so much looking up I felt compelled to do that I almost got whip lash!
Inside the kids had a hunt where they were challenged to locate various things in the building…such as the stations of the cross.
And eventually, after much searching, Ryan finally located the Lincoln Cathedral imp (without paying 20p for the answer)! Legend has it the imp, sent by Satan, was turned to stone by the Angels and now he looks a bit cross being being forced to watch worship forever. 😉
In one part of the Cathedral, I was chuffed to meet an artist (of whom I have drawings) and purchase a sketch he did of Lincoln Cathedral…the perfect souvenir for my collection!
Finished exploring the gift shop, we walked the High Street in search of tea. Asking a local, we settled upon a delightful restaurant called Madame Waffles. Here us adults ordered pulled pork upon our savoury waffles and the kids ordered sweet waffles. This was a delicious end to our second day in Lincoln!
Our third day in Lincoln, we awoke and packed and then walked to our filling full English breakfast at Churchill’s. And I just had to pop in again to Madame Waffles for their quality Americano takeaway!
Once again, we walked Lincoln’s Steep Hill to the castle
where we purchased some unique antiques at yet another antique fayre. 😊 The kids were chuffed to pet an owl at the fayre!
The city was beautiful in the morning sunlight; we were blessed to see an old horse and cart!
A suitable ending to our enjoyable Lincoln visit!
Hemswell is host to four large warehouses of antiques and therefore we just had to take Ryan’s Dad there. Unbeknownst to us, we spent the rest of the day here so the men had ample opportunity to look around! I, however, enjoyed reading my novel in the garden whilst the children contentedly played amongst the large garden plants. 😌
Driving back to Leeds, we were blessed by our dear friends making us curry takeaway (since we arrived much later than anticipated)…a lovely end to our enjoyably exhausting long weekend with Ryan’s Dad!