Located in Lincolnshire, Lincoln is a cathedral city which is well known for its castle and cathedral. The city is laid out according to a traditional Roman-Medieval street plan. The most well known sight within the city is the cathedral. Prior to the wooden spire collapsing in 1549, the cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Lincoln Castle is also well known and is open for tours on a daily basis. The castle dates back to the Norman period. Other popular sights include Steeple Hill, which is a medieval lane that connects the centre of town to the cathedral as well as the numerous Roman remains which can be found in the immediate area.
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Lincoln is the county town of Lincolnshire and is home to over one hundred thousand people. The city can trace its roots back to the Iron Age and it has been an important settlement since that time.
Lincoln cathedral was the tallest building in the world: for over 200 years from 1311 AD the spire of the cathedral stretched 524 feet into the air until a heavy storm demolished the spire in the mid 1500's. At one time, the cathedral held one of the copies of the Magna Carta but this document is now on permanent display at the nearby Lincoln castle. The cathedral is a popular tourist destination and over a quarter of a million people a year visit it to witness the magnificent building and its impressive stained glass windows. If you are feeling energetic then Steep Hill leads up to the cathedral although the gradient of the street means that it's not easy to walk up.
Lincoln castle was created for William the Conqueror and is well preserved. You can walk around the walls of the castle and take in some of the views of the city when you stand on the castle's ramparts. You can also take the opportunity to view one of the four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta, sealed by King John, and find out about the origins of the document in the exhibition devoted to it. At certain times of the year, the grounds of the castle are used for concerts and other entertainment events.
Shoppers will want to investigate Lincoln High Street, which runs for about one and a half miles through the city and is devoted to shopping as well as featuring a number of pubs and restaurants for you to take a break from shopping.
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