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Lincoln, England – Things To See And Do In Lincoln

332715_10152460692440032_627498020_o Last week I got the oppourtunity to go on a day trip to the historical and quaint town of Lincoln, located in Lincolnshire in England.

My Top Five Favourite Things To Do and See in Lincoln ==========================================================

1) Steep Hill 289715_10152460696330032_2076567264_o READY FOR SOME EXERCISE? Good! Because that is indeed what you will get by walking up this well-known hill! Named after it’s steepness, this hill contains a variety of little shops selling a variety of used books, homemade chocolates and sweets, as well as restaurants! Steep hill is a lovely old street that is easier going down it, then up it! However, to get to the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle, one of the ways is to go up Steep Hill (or take the bus up… but that’s a secret I’ll never tell).

2) Lincoln Castle One of my favourite sights, and the place where I spent most of my day was the very beautiful and historic Lincoln Castle. The castle is also steeped in history and is located straight across from the cathedral. It’s around £4 for students to enter and £6 for adults and the pass is good all day. Within the castle walls, they have a beautiful court building which is still being used today, as well as the Lincoln prison! Not only can you walk along the historical castle walls and get amazing photos of the Cathedral and the town of Lincoln in general, but you can also get a free guided tour of the castle that was extremely informative of the castle and of Lincoln in general. One of the castle’s largest attractions would be the exhibition where one of the four remaining Magna Carta’s resides. It was really interesting to learn about the Magna Carta and the history surrounding the important document, and not to mention, actually seeing it! The Castle was one of my favourite places to visit in Lincoln and I highly recommend it! 798192_10152460691455032_1648737385_o 3) Lincoln Cathedral of St. Mary Standing on top of Steep hill stands the magnificent and well-constructed cathedral of Lincoln. This is a must-see when visiting Lincoln as the inside (as well as outside) is carved in enormous amount of detail. The rose windows and stained-glass is also a beautiful sight to see. You get to see the majority of the cathedral, however, you unfortunately have to pay to see the front alter, choir and chapels, however, you can attend a service and avoid paying the 6 pound price. The cathedral is very atmospheric, and darkening. This cathedral is steeped in history and have been told it’s well worth paying for the audio guide. 287066_10152460696340032_2081610415_o 553021_10152460691860032_1657876103_n4) Museum of Lincolnshire Life As explained by a few locals and highly recommended by others, this museum located next to the Ellis Mill, and in the close proximity of the Cathedral and Castle, is a gem for vistors! In addition to it’s very historic and informative journey of the Lincolnshire life, it also comes at a cheap price of FREE. Yes, that’s right. Free museums are the best, especially if you have a family and have to pay those often ridiculous museum prices! ~Beware that the museum is closed on Sundays.

5) Ellis Windmill Located behind the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is Ellis Windmill! Dated back since 1798, this unique windmill is still in full working order and ran by a group of devoted volunteers! It’s a sight to see, especially since this was the first historic windmill I have seen in England.

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Honourable Mentions To Do and See in Lincoln

The Usher Gallery

Medieval Bishop Palace

Jews’ House and Jews’ Court

Brayford Waterfront

Royal Air Force Museum

Do you ever plan on visiting Lincoln or have you already been there? If so, what was your favourite part of Lincoln? Any recommendations for future travellers?

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SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE!

This post is more or less for my family and friends back home as a way to update them on when and where I will be during my holiday vacation!

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December 7th – Last Day of Classes!

December 8th til 19th – Traveling All of Ireland with my Australian friend Freya!

December 20th til 23rd – Traveling to Belgium, and visiting Bruges & Brussels with my Belgian friend Caroline and fellow Queens friend Savannah!

December 24th til 27th – Spending Christmas with Savannah & reunited with Freya in Berlin, Germany!

December 27th til 30th – Traveling to Austria, seeing Vienna and going skiing with my other fellow Queens friend Kirsten in her cousins winter cabin!

December 30th – Fly back to the UK

December 31st – Spending New Years Eve in Edinburgh!!

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Now that I have actually written all my travel plans down… I’m actually overwhelmed on how much I am traveling over the Christmas season! The realized why I wanted to travel so much… It’s so I’m constantly busy, and thus keeping my mind off the fact that I won’t be back home in Canada for Christmas with my family and friends. As I won’t be home for Christmas, I figured I’d treat myself with all the money I’m saving from flying back to Canada, and then back to the UK, that I would travel in Europe over the Christmas break, and this is what I will be doing.

Keep checking back to my blog for recent updates, as I will be blogging as I travel this holiday season! 🙂
Also, Have a listen to my personal Christmas music playlist here!

Cheers, Ryan.

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Next Stop: York, England

Seeing as how the beautiful and historical town of York is only a 45 mins bus ride away, my fellow Austrailian friends and I decided to take a last minute trip up to see what York had to offer.

I’ll give you a little historical overview of the town York:

York is home to a very rich and historical heritage, as well as significant and beautiful buildings, churches, and the wall. Surrounding York is a large medieval wall that was used to protect the city, government and inhabitants from destruction and many wars. Depending on the season, areas within York will have large floods, and although it looks really interesting to see roads and buildings engrossed by water, the floods lead to transportation issues and closing of shops and pubs. Overall, York was a very beautiful city with lots to offer in terms of history, culture and beautiful sights.

After a comfortable and quick bus ride to York, my aussie friends and I decided to walk around the city and begin our tour to see all the main attractions of York: The Shambles, York Minster, The City Walls, Clifford’s Tower, York Brewery, and The Golden Fleece.

Our journey began with a visit to The Shambles, which I must saw, looks like a scene from the Harry Potter films; it honestly looks like Diagon Alley. My favourite part was called “Little Shambles” and was filled with little interesting shops selling children’s toys to traditional English sweets.

There were old cobble stone roads that surrounded The Shambles and run-down, crooked, wooden buildings that leaned over the alley. I was extremely tempted to pullout a wand and tap the bricks and waiting for the bricks to move, creating an entrance into the magical world of Harry Potter; I was so tempted… if only I hadn’t forgotten my wand at home. This place is a must see for those who visit York; especially fans of Harry Potter.

 

After a lovely walk through The Shambles and marketplace surrounding it, we ventured over to the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, which stands at the city’s centre: York Minster. The pictures below do not give the cathedral justice. York Minister was so big, that I couldn’t fit the whole thing in my camera to capture the beauty and entirety of the famous historical building. To go inside, it costed 16 pounds or so, and was highly recommended to go inside, as it is just as beautiful. However, I’m on a student budget for travelling expenses, so I didn’t go in; maybe another time. For now, I was just as amazed to see the exterior, as I probably would the interior.

  
Afterwards, we began our journey through the windy streets of York and explored the city by taking a look into the vast amounts of little shops and activities going on. We eventually came to the entrance to the City Walls; which was the coolest thing I’ve seen thus far in England. I find it fascinating that there are medieval walls still surrounding the city of York; not to mention the fact that you are able to walk on the city walls and literally circle around the city.


Every time I think of the walls, or see them, all I can think about is THE WALL from Game of Thrones. Back in the day, I’m sure the inhabitants would not want to leave the protection and safety within the wall or venture “North of the Wall”. The no dogs allowed on the city walls sign is also humourous to me, just as a result from references to Game of Thrones.

The walk around the City Walls was amazing, and the views of York were just gorgeous.

 

The Aussies and I decided to grab some food for lunch/dinner (or “tea” here) and ventured around the city some more for a good place to eat. We came across a pub called The Golden Fleece which was named the #1 Pub of the year, as well as a huge tourist attraction for it’s history and haunted stories. Apparently there are ghosts that inhabit the pub, and steal the menus and silverware (said the pub worker). The pub was really nice, and very dim lite. It definitely gave off the feel that it was haunted, but at the same time was a really cozy and interesting place to eat. The meals were somewhat pricey, but compared to other places, were extremely reasonable. The meals offered were humungous and extremely delicious. Therefore, the price was well worth it!

I had my very first English chicken pie; along side some chips and vegetables! It was extremely delicious and filling.
  

Once we finished our meals and relaxed for a good period of time, we ventured our way to Clifford’s Tower. This Tower is part of the York Castle, in which it was used as a prison and has an interesting history. The structure itself was so interesting to view as it sat on the top of a small hill.

  
Afterwards, we realized it was too late in the day to go anywhere else (there were a few more places I wanted to see in York, such as Castle Howard, but will have to wait for another day), so we decided to do what every British person does; have a pint at the local pub.

As we continued our journey through York to the bus station, I continued to admire the buildings, businesses, and interesting sights within the city walls. The city of York is one of my recommended places to visit while you are in England; it’s quite beautiful.

~Ryan

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Hey Leeds, I Just met you & this is crazy! Where did the time go, you stole it maybe?

Officially moving to Leeds has been officially exhausting & time-consuming. Honestly, I have no idea where the past 5 days have went.

Every day that I’ve been here, I’ve left my residence early in the morning, hit the city centre (which may I add, is breathtaking) and exploring, shopping and trying to keep in contact with my parents and friends back home. I literally just got my phone working tonight, and for the past 3 days have had no contact with the outside world, beyond the limited free wifi that was available at the local starbucks.

Now that my friend Joey has left and finally settling in, I’ll be posting about my trip to London, as well as the long, yet exciting journey to Leeds. The adventure only begins there as I spent most of my nights in Leeds going out with friends and meeting up with some british people; the best brits I know this far.

I think I’m going to like it here.

Cheers for now!

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