Top Tips on Accessing the Best Rates

Want to get the best deals, book the most cost-effective rates and benefit from a host of complimentary extras at the White Hart hotel? Here’s how:

Book direct as early as you can

The most inexpensive way to book your stay is to do it through our website where we feature our best rates on every available room and suite. You won’t find these rates elsewhere and when you do book you’ll also get the added benefit of heaps of flexibility – you don’t need to pay a penny until you arrive and you can cancel at any time up to 24 hours in advance. Plus, because our handy booking system allows you to secure your room up to 365 days in advance you can act early and access the cheapest rates a year before your stay.

Stay on a Sunday

The best value night of the week is usually a Sunday. Plus, our ‘Sunday Night Delight’ offer means you can get breakfast and dinner for two along with your room for just £120.

Join our network

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get news of special offers and discounts. We like to run exclusive competitions for our social media followers so make sure you keep an eye out to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Joining our mailing list won’t cost you a penny and yet it might help you make a massive saving on your stay! Our exclusive email only goes out to people who have signed up here and features special offers each month, such as 10% off dining at our award-winning Grille Restaurant & Bar and discount accommodation deals.

Give us a ring

Want to confirm you’ve found the best deal? Give us a call on 01522 526 222 and we’ll run through the particulars of your stay with you to guarantee that you’re making the most of your money. We can even add in a few extras, like a box of chocolates for those of you with a sweet tooth, or facilitate a late check out.

The History of The White Hart Hotel

Situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln, The White Hart Hotel is over 600 years old. First opened in the 14th century as a coaching inn, the hotel sits between the Norman Castle and the city’s Medieval Cathedral, making it a fantastic location for visitors who are keen to experience Lincoln’s history and witness the beauty of Roman architecture and design.

The hotel is famous for being the meeting place for Sir William Tritton and Major W G Wilson in September 1915 – they together conceived of and created the first ever prototype military tank in what became known as the ‘Tank Room’, which is now a corporate boardroom on the first floor of the hotel. Thanks to their design skills the world’s first 200 tanks were manufactured in Lincoln.

An attractive mixture of old and new, the hotel is also known for its ghostly history and is synonymous with spirits and ghouls. The legend is that a highwayman was killed in the area of the hotel that used to be the stables many years ago and he now haunts the restaurant area, hiding his face with his cloak!

Lincoln Castle is just a short walk from the hotel entrance and is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a Victorian prison and an archaeology exhibition. This year, a ceramic poppies sculpture will be exhibited at the castle until September to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. Originally a part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014, the poppy sculpture (known as the Wave and Weeping Window) is just a short walk away from the Cathedral where visitors can inscribe and leave behind crosses with the names of their lost loved ones.

Why book direct?

Book your stay at The White Hart Hotel using our online booking system to benefit from the best rates – guaranteed, and a host of special offers and exclusive website-only packages that you won’t find elsewhere!

Booking direct through our website, instead of using other hotel booking sites, allows you to bypass booking fees and guarantees full access to all of our rooms. For example, our luxurious Four Poster suites – perfect for romantic getaways and anniversaries – are only available via direct booking.

Our secure online reservations system displays up-to-date information on all of our seasonal discounts as well as a selection of current pictures. Plus, you can talk to the hotel directly rather than using an intermediary, which means you’ll get a personalised service and an immediate answer to any of your queries.

Another advantage to booking directly is that you won’t have to pay a penny until you arrive at the hotel (unless specified clearly in the booking process). Better yet, when you book direct you’ll also benefit from full flexibility – you can modify your booking up until 24 hours before your stay for no additional cost.

On top of that we’ve created an array of web-only packages with fantastic extras, such as 10% off dining, free late check outs or a complimentary Classic Afternoon Tea*.

What are you waiting for? Book your next stay at the White Hart Hotel here!


*Offers are available at the hotel’s discretion and run for specific periods throughout the year. To ensure you hear about these offers when they become available, please sign up to our mailing list.

Lincoln’s Hidden Gems – By Ian Robinson, GM at The White Hart Hotel

A historic city steeped in culture and charm, Lincoln is the perfect spot for sightseeing. Home to Lincoln Cathedral, this beautiful region also boasts an array of hidden gems from stunning walks and theatre shows to museums and boutiques. Here’s a local perspective on the best bits of Lincoln from Ian Robinson, the General Manager at the White Hart Hotel:

(1)  How long have you worked at The White Hart Hotel?

Five and a half years and the time has flown by! I love working with my colleagues here – you won’t find a friendlier team of people anywhere else.


(2)  What do you enjoy the most about your job and why?

The diversity of the job and meeting people is one of my favourite aspects. I also like hosting weddings at the hotel – there’s no greater satisfaction than seeing the smile on a bride’s face and knowing that I’ve contributed to her perfect day.


(3)  In your opinion, what makes The White Hart Hotel one of the top hotels in Lincoln?

The top-class service, the superb location in the heart of Lincoln (the historic Cathedral Quarter), a superb cocktail bar, and award-winning dining at Grille – Restaurant & Bar.


(4)  What do you like most about the city of Lincoln?

The city is big enough to matter, but still small enough to care. Community spirit still exists here!


(5)  What would you say are the ‘must-see’ spots of Lincoln?

Lincoln castle, where visitors can see the Magna Carta and go on a medieval walk around the historic walls, is a must-see as well as the stunning cathedral that attracts tourists from all over the world. The cathedral entrance is right at the top of Steep Hill – it’s fun to walk up the cobbled street simple because it’s so steep and there are lots of boutiques and speciality shops to visit along the way. The Guild Hall is a great place to visit too because it gives an insight into Lincoln’s fascinating history.


(6)  In terms of ‘hidden gems’; can you share any with us?

  • Not many people know that there’s a thriving night-time economy here in Lincoln. There’s always somewhere fun to go every evening and no two nights are ever the same.
  • The Bailgate shopping area has a plethora of independent traders, speciality food stores and clothing boutiques. It’s based in the Cathedral Quarter, one of the most historic parts of the city, so it has a quaint charm to it that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, it’s just a short stroll away from the hotel entrance.
  • You can use a downloadable app called Roman walk boundaries to help you find your way around the city’s historic perimeter. It makes for a fantastic walk and there are plenty of opportunities to take some eye catching photos.
  • For the most fantastic view of the Cathedral, our rooftop terrace is the perfect spot.


(7)  Finally, if you only had one day to spend in Lincoln, where would you go and what would you do?

  • Brunch at one of the little cafes on Steep Hill because there are so many interesting places to eat.
  • A ride on a tour bus because there’s always something new to be seen as well as the main stops at the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and Cultural Quarter (ghost walks in the evening can also be great fun where you learn about the legends of the spirits that haunt Lincoln’s local attractions!).
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea at Room Bar, which comes with a chilled glass of champagne, fresh scone, clotted cream and homemade cakes, simply because it’s so lavish and delicious.
  • Drill Hall Theatre to see a performance – there are comedy, music, dance, film and children’s events all year round.
  • Room Bar for cocktails, a night cap to end the perfect day.

Five reasons to stay at the White Hart Hotel

  1. It’s a haven for history lovers

The White Hart Hotel is situated at the centre of Lincoln’s historic quarter; a fantastic location that’s close to the city’s famous hot spots and points of interest. At the heart of the city, the Cathedral Quarter boasts the remains of a legionary fortress, built originally by the Romans and featuring stunning Roman architecture and design, the stronghold was built back to current form by William the Conqueror. Just moments away from the hotel, Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, making it a must-see attraction for history buffs. Nearby, Lincoln’s gothic Cathedral towers above all else, once the tallest building in the world for 300 years.

The hotel itself claims special historical significance – the Yarborough meeting room, also known as the ‘Tank Room’ was where Sir William Tritton and Major W G Wilson first conceived the idea of military tanks. Aside from history, Lincolnshire is also synonymous with legends of ghosts and spirits that haunt the local attractions. Ask the staff for details of the spooky goings-on that they’ve experienced at the hotel to find out more!

  1. You’ll find boutique stores, independent shops and local restaurants nearby

Lincoln’s cobbled streets add a quaint charm to a shopping trip to the city’s famous Cathedral Quarter. Boasting a host of independent retailers, boutiques and restaurants, the Quarter is home to Bailgate, one of the most historic parts of the city. You’ll find fashion and shoe shops like Chantal, bookseller Lindum Books, alternative food store Yellowbellys and bridalwear retailers all just a short stroll away from the hotel entrance. Visit Steep Hill for speciality, vintage and retro stores or head to the outdoor street markets to peruse the very best wares of local farmers, craftmakers and artists. At Christmas time the market is full of beautiful ideas for presents, decorations, seasonal foods, festive cheer and twinkling lights.

  1. There’s always an event to go to

There are interesting events to attend all year round from the ‘pick-your-own-pumpkin day’ at Halloween, the artsy Frequency Festival of Digital Culture to November’s Christmas Lights Switch On and, of course, the Lincoln Sausage Festival. For culture buffs, Lincoln Cathedral’s church services, visiting lectures and music concerts are a must. And for history fans the fascinating site of Lincoln Castle has it all – walk along the stone curtain wall, explore towers and dungeons and view the Castle’s Victorian Prison. Top it off with a Ghost Walk in the evening to learn more about the city’s supernatural past and ghoulish hauntings!

  1. The in-house restaurant serves delicious seasonal dishes

Reserve a table at The Lincoln Grille and experience great food, great ambience and great service. Feast on traditional beef wellington, seared scallops and salmon ballotine before indulging in crème brûlée, chocolate sponge or a selection of ice creams. Head Chef Michael House prepares each dish with local produce that’s always in season to maximise flavour and create memorable meals for every diner. A daytime, evening and children’s’ menu is available to ensure every guest is catered for. A special 2 or 3 course menu is available at Sunday lunch, featuring the very best of British roasts with all the trimmings.

  1. Toast to world-class cocktails at Room Bar

Enjoy locally brewed beers, fine wines and the best cocktails Lincolnshire has to offer at Room Bar, our sophisticated in-house cocktail bar that offers everything from afternoon tea and champagne to martinis and mint juleps. Set within the hotel, our elegantly designed bar features a roaring gas fire that creates the perfect intimate but welcoming atmosphere. There’s live music every Thursday evening, guaranteeing a night of outstanding entertainment to begin a fantastic weekend stay.