Top Lincoln Activities in the Summer

Whether you’re a Lincoln local or visiting the city for the first time, there is a long list of fabulous activities to enjoy this summer! The perfect place for a city break, Lincoln offers a vibrant culture, rich history and fabulous food and drink.

For those of you visiting Lincoln from afar, the White Hart Hotel is situated in an ideal location to explore all the city has to offer, only a few steps away from Lincoln’s historic Cathedral Quarter and Castle Hill.

Read on to find out our top picks for summer activities in Lincoln and beyond!


Outdoor fun in the sun:

Doddington Hall & Gardens

For a fabulous day out in Lincolnshire, Doddington Hall & Gardens is a beautiful Elizabethan Mansion with 5 acres of stunning gardens to explore. During the summer, they host a wide range of activities, from floristry training to a gin masterclass.


Location: Doddington (5 miles away)

Price: £7 – £10.50 (adults)

Perfect for: a romantic walk around the gardens for couples.

Bike routes through the city & countryside

One of Lincoln’s great outdoor activities, Lincolnshire offers many picturesque bike routes to explore, whether you’re an avid cyclist or a beginner! You can bring your own bike, or hire a bike using the convenient ‘hirebike’ stations around the city.


Location: Lincolnshire

Price: Free

Perfect for: all the family

Pure Land Japanese Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful and tranquil gardens, with the world’s first crystal garden, a pagoda, a Zen garden and a Japanese Tea-House.


Location: North Clifton, Nottinghamshire (11 miles away)

Price: £6 – £7 (adults)

Perfect for: couples & families – an escape away from the city

Activities for all the family:

Lincoln mystery treasure trail

The perfect family-day out during the Lincolnshire school holidays, this self-guided tour is a great way to explore Lincoln’s historic Cathedral Quarter. Download the booklet online (link to booking), and see where the clues take you!


Location: Cathedral Quarter, Lincoln

Price: £6.99

Perfect for: families of 4-5 people

Rand Farm Park

In a beautiful countryside setting on the outskirts of Lincoln, Rand Farm Park offers lots of farm animals to see, pet and cuddle, and a whole range of other fun indoor and outdoor activities, from tractor rides to an indoor play-barn.


Location: Rand, Lincoln

Price: £7.95 – £9.95 (adults, online)

Perfect for: a fun family day-out


Historical & cultural must-dos:

 The Collection

An award-winning archaeological museum and art gallery in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, you can explore the rich history of Lincolnshire throughout the ages.


Location: Danes Terrace, Lincoln

Price: Free

Perfect for: everyone – enjoy on your own or with family and friends

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is host to a wide range of activities, from its picturesque grounds and the Medieval Wall Walk to the Georgian & Victorian Prison and the Archaeological Exhibition.


Location: Castle Hill, Lincoln

Price: Free – £13.50

Perfect for: a fun & informative family day-out

Lincoln Cathedral

This stunning gothic Cathedral in the heart of Lincoln, once the tallest building in the world, is the perfect place to explore Lincoln’s rich religious history. Explore the Cathedral with a guided tour to find out about the fascinating history of this stunning building.


Location: Cathedral Quarter, Lincoln

Price: Free – £8

Perfect for: cultural & architectural enthusiasts & novices alike


Shopping in Lincoln:

Lincoln’s unique markets

Lincoln is host to a wide range of food, art, crafts and antique markets that offer a fun & fabulous day out in the sunshine. View this summer’s full market programme online (link to programme).


Location: Throughout Lincoln

Price: Free

Perfect for: everyone – who doesn’t love a market!?

Bailgate shopping

 The historic Bailgate street is host to a wide range of independent boutiques, unique and quirky shops and fabulous places to eat & drink, including the White Hart Hotel’s Grille Restaurant & Bar.


Location: Bailgate, Lincoln

Price: Free

Perfect for: families & couples alike.

Eat & drink Lincoln:

The White Hart Hotel’s award-winning Grille Restaurant & Bar offers a stunning a la carte summer menu in a stylish and relaxing setting. Using only fresh, local ingredients, Grille offers high quality and delicious food, every day of the week.


View our a la carte, special lunch and Sunday lunch menus on our website, and make a reservation today.


We hope this has given you some fun ideas for days out in Lincolnshire! Have a fabulous summer holiday!