One of my goals for the future is to explore the county I live in. Being born in England, sometimes I take this beautiful country for granted, and I’m always looking elsewhere for adventure but there’s plenty to do right here.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I went through a little friendship crisis. Basically, the group of people I was friends with, I was suddenly no longer as close with and feeling very alone, abandoned and a little bit betrayed. But I didn’t want to become bitter or allow myself to feel down. To fix this, I decided to reach out to people I had met in the past, and wanted to develop a friendship with. I reached out to Chloe on Instagram, a super cool girl I met at a house party in the summer and specifically remember really liking.
Fortunately, Chloe responded well to my message and invited me to Lincoln to explore. Instagram definitely has its uses.
I’ve never been to Lincoln before, in fact I haven’t been to any city in the East Midlands before so I was really excited to take on the two-hour drive and go somewhere new. My expectations were exceeded way beyond anything I was ready for. After half an hour there, I was already planning to move.
I didn’t do much research on Lincoln before I travelled down, but it’s such a beautiful and underrated city in the UK. It’s absolutely stunning!
One of the places that had the biggest impact on me was the cathedral. I could see it at the top of an enormous hill before getting there, and was already in awe of the sheer size of it. I have an architecture board on Pinterest, and it’s something that has always fascinated me. I’m always in awe of the creative and ingenious people who not only designed but built some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Older buildings fascinate me the most because I know the designers from the past wouldn’t have had the technology we have now, and it takes a great amount of skill to create something so beautiful.
As I walked around the cathedral, I was constantly just staring the medieval masterpiece. It’s difficult to describe how truly stunning this building is, and the size alone had me in a state of shock.
One of the things I really liked about Lincoln is the history behind the city, and how it feels like it has held on to that history. It’s like it’s completely untouched, everything looks that same as it was 50 or even 100 years ago. A lot of places in the UK get demolished and replaced with modern buildings that just don’t have the same effect.
If you’re visiting or even passing Lincoln, I would really suggest taking 10 minutes to take a walk around the Lincoln Cathedral and its beautiful gardens.
After the cathedral, we headed to the Steep Hill and The Strait. I’m very used to hills, I live in Yorkshire, and when Chloe was describing the Steep Hill to me, I thought it was just a short road with a couple of shops on a hill. I didn’t realise it’s actually a famous spot in the city named “Steep Hill” and is waaaaay steeper than I imagined. We had to take a break halfway up.
The vibe around the Steep Hill made me feel so comfy and at home, I wanted to spend the rest of the day popping into every shop, café and gallery. While walking along, you get a real cosy feeling, almost like the stetting of those super cheesy Movies 24/Hallmark films. I was just waiting for my small-town romance with a handsome stranger to begin.
Despite Lincoln being a pretty big city with a huge university and plenty of countryside, the Steep Hill feels more like walking around a small village or local town. Every single shop owner greeted me with a smile, and even fellow shoppers were friendly or said hello.
Local businesses always have a special place in my heart, and it was really nice to see all these different independent shops thriving, thanks to the locals supporting them. Small businesses struggle from time to time, and it was nice to see each unique shop, café, gallery or museum doing really well.
There were really striking homes and lofts in the area, and I could already picture myself sat in a home office, overlooking the sunset on the city and writing the perfect blog post. It’s really a movie moment.
If I lived in Lincoln, I would spend at least four days a week at the Steep Hill and try a different café each time. The buildings look rather small, but inside they have enormous rooms, fireplaces, terrace rooftops and grand staircases.
Chloe and I visited The Little Red Gallery as we’re art geeks at heart and it was such a pleasant experience. We were greeted with the warmest welcome (and a compliment – always a plus) and really enjoyed walking around and taking in the striking artwork on offer. Plus, there was a wall full of signatures and doodles that would make the perfect backdrop to any photoshoot.
One thing I’ll also always remember is walking across the train line at Lincoln station. I was so confused by this level crossing at first, I couldn’t get over the fact that people were just walking over train tracks! It’s clear that I need to travel more because this was something I was obsessed with for a good 20 minutes.
After spending a few hours wandering around the high street, trying not to buy everything I saw, resisting Thor’s Tipi and a Waterstones café, I went for a meal at Wildwood and met some more lovely ladies.
Chloe was kind enough to arrange a meal, so I could meet some fun people from the Lincolnshire area and make some new friends – such a sweet thing to do! Wildwood is a really stylish restaurant that is also a cinema, and has the perfect homey feel. I went for the lasagne, and couldn’t resist the cinnamon almond crumble cheesecake with toffee sauce. It tasted like magic on a plate.
Overall, the city of Lincoln was a great place to explore and I can’t wait to go back. Not only does it photography beautifully, the people of Lincoln are very friendly and welcoming. There was no point where I felt out of place which is very rare today.
I’m glad I took the chance and reached out to Chloe on Instagram and met a bunch of new people, because now I know there are kind humans out there that will be my friends for life. There are people who have the same mindset and sense of humour as me, and people who are genuinely thoughtful and humble, sometimes I truly value. This trip made my whole year!
Have you ever been to Lincoln?