The Best Hotels to Book in Lincoln, England

The Medieval Lincoln Cathedral stands out among the verdant landscape and buildings in Lincoln
The Medieval Lincoln Cathedral stands out among the verdant landscape and buildings in Lincoln | © JLImages / Alamy Stock Photo
Kim Gregory

History meets cosmopolitan city vibes in Lincoln, England. Visit the Cathedral Quarter for cobbled streets, cafes and shops by the Medieval cathedral and castle. Here, see a rare copy of the Magna Carta, the Charter of the Forest and the Victorian Prison. Enjoy riverside restaurants, bars, theatres and galleries, and explore the Lincolnshire countryside. Discover it all from these top hotels, including cathedral-view stays and cosy B&Bs – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Lincoln Hotel, for historic landmarks


A deluxe room at the Lincoln Hotel with one bed and a balcony with Lincoln Cathedral views
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Marvel at the iconic Lincoln Cathedral from this view-clad hotel perfectly located for historical city breaks. Peaceful pastel and muted tones sweep through the rooms. Some have garden views and patios, but the best are those with private balconies overlooking the cathedral. The lounge has more fabulous views and a menu featuring excellent alternatives, such as vegan cheese pizzas and a vegan chocolate orange tart. Tuck in as you watch the cathedral light up when the sun goes down.

2. Eagles Guest House, for sustainable luxury


The brick-clad exterior of Eagles Guest House with a small wooden gate and vine-covered trellis
Courtesy of Eagles Guest House / Expedia

Expect traditionally decorated rooms at this AA four-star B&B. For breakfast, choose from a full English, a French breakfast, kippers or plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options – you can invite guests to join, too. Sustainable touches will impress, from the locked bike shelter with e-bike charging points to solar-heated domestic water and the use of ecofriendly cleaning products. Bring your car to this private parking-included North Hykeham stay to explore Lincoln – a 15-minute drive away – the surrounding countryside and market towns such as Newark.

3. Bail House Hotel, for Georgian charm


The feature room at the Bail House Hotel with a soaring Medieval cruck beam ceiling, exposed brick, a king-size bed and a rainfall shower
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This beautiful building has sat within the Cathedral Quarter in Lincoln since 1350. See the castle, cathedral spires or Bailgate – the historic cobbled street of shops and eateries – from your sensitively restored room. Choose right, and you’ll enjoy features such as a Medieval cruck beam ceiling, a four-poster bed, a Coalbrookdale fireplace or original Georgian coving. Prefer self-catering? Check into an apartment, ranging from one to five bedrooms, in the rustic Bail Mews cottage within the hotel grounds.

4. The Bronze Pig, for the castle views

Restaurant, European, British, Vegetarian

A room with one bed, a patchwork quilt and chair, a desk and a TV at the Bronze Pig
Courtesy of The Bronze Pig / Expedia
Celebrate local at this restaurant and rooms near the castle; the Bronze Pig is named after the first-century votive bronze boar statuette in the Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire. A bright mural in the restaurant matches the patchwork throws and chairs you’ll find in the cosy rooms. The menu’s meat and vegetables are locally sourced; you’ll love the chef’s tasting menu, Lincolnshire sirloin roast beef Sunday roasts and sommelier-recommended wines. Time your visit right to participate in special events, including Murder Mystery Night and Best of British Night.

5. Duke William Hotel, for a traditional stay


A premium king room at the Duke William Hotel with original 17th-century features, an armoire, side tables and heavy drapery
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This Bailgate pub-hotel features individually designed rooms and a cottage that’s great for families or small groups. Modern bathrooms and statement walls meet vintage accessories, such as globes and beams in the main house, while the rustic cottage offers a private courtyard, exposed bulbs and bricks, and lattice windows. Enjoy the pub’s beer garden on sunny days, or for cosy nights, tuck into pub classics in the low-lit dining room. Breakfast includes dishes such as a full English and eggs florentine.

6. Tennyson Court, for space and convenience


A cobbled walkway and courtyard leads to the brick-clad Tennyson Court building topped with solar panels
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A 19th-century cobbled courtyard is home to these four unique apartments. Families and small groups should choose the bigger Arthur apartment, while couples looking for romance must try Guinevere, featuring a king-size Louis XV-inspired bed, heated marble floors, a red crystal chandelier and mood lighting. Opt for the B&B, and the owners will serve you a continental breakfast any time you choose. Lincoln city centre is less than 1mi (1.6km) away, and free parking means you can explore Lincolnshire at your own pace.

7. Canal View Bed and Breakfast, for attention to detail

Bed and Breakfast

A double room with a king-size bed and window-side chairs at the Canal View Bed and Breakfast
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Get cosy in this well-reviewed, award-winning B&B in Saxilby with quality, comfy rooms. Little touches, such as mini-fridges and down duvets, will make your stay pleasant. Wake up to a freshly cooked breakfast served in the dining room; local produce makes up full English breakfasts or lighter options, along with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives. Parking is available on-site, and Lincoln is a 5mi (8km) drive away. However, don’t leave without seeing quaint canalside Saxilby.

8. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln, for a design-led aesthetic


A one-bedroom suite at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Lincoln, with a king-size bed and a living room with a sofa, a TV and contemporary art
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln / Expedia

There is a lot to love about this contemporary, marina-side hotel, including the fitness and business centres, some pet-friendly rooms and the marina-view suite, but the best is the dining. Sip coffee on the lounge terrace overlooking the Brayford Pool waterfront. In the mood for a cocktail? The city-view rooftop bar shakes up all the classics alongside great brunches. Spend evenings at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse for fine meats and panoramic Lincoln views. Also, you can walk to the cathedral in under 15 minutes.

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