In Focus: Lincoln

In Focus: Lincoln


Yes, it really is gorgeous here and here’s why.

Relocators have discovered Lincoln to be beautiful, full of historic gems and well connected with its direct transport links. Its cobbled streets of Castle Square and Steep Hill in the Cathedral Quarter seem straight out of a picture book.


History

Lincoln boasts over 400 listed buildings from old choristers’ houses to the ancient houses of Minster Yard, roman ruins and medieval walks, it’s full of architectural joy, including the 11th century Lincoln Cathedral, one of the most spectacular gothic buildings in the world. Originally built by William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle houses the Magna Carta vault, an original 1215 copy of Magna Carta, signed by King John which changed the course of history.

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Property Prices

The most expensive and sought after houses are in uphill Lincoln close to the Cathedral.
 
According to Rightmove data, the average house price in Lincoln was £191,960 last year, up by 9% on the previous year. Terraced properties sold for an average of £142,819, with semi-detached averaged at £178,964 and a detached property averaged at £283,471.
 
Lincolnshire saw an annual increase of 6% on the previous year. The average asking price in Lincolnshire is now £206,877.
 
Overall, the East Midlands saw an annual increase of 6% on the previous year. The average asking price in the East Midlands is now £234,467 against the national average of £321,064.

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Connectivity

To help feel connected there’s superfast broadband (speeds upto 80Mbps) and Virgin Media (speeds up to 630Mbps) with excellent 4G coverage (speeds up to 100Mbps) to good 5G coverage (upto 1Gbps).

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Transport Links

It’s easy to see why Lincoln has seen an influx of relocators, with the direct train routes to London Kings Cross only 1 hour 55 min away. By car, it’s a 30 minute drive along the A46 to join the A1 or up the A15 to the M180, all with easy access to the cities of the Midlands.

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Education

There are excellent secondary schools in the local area to satisfy the keenest of parents. The Priory Academy LSST, Branston Academy and William Farr Comprehensive are all rated outstanding by Ofsted, and recognised in the top 15% of UK schools is Lincoln Minster School (from £4820 per term, senior school, years 7-13). Recently crowned Modern University of the Year in The Times and the Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021, the University of Lincoln keeps the population youthful and innovative.

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Shopping & Entertainment

Punching well above its weight for shopping, there are High street favourites through to boutiques and neat independent shops of the cathedral quarter offering local produce, art galleries, antiques and regular farmer’s markets but also the new Theatre Royal, originally built in 1893 which offers a traditional theatre experience, just round the corner from the Usher Gallery and The Collection museum. The newly converted Cornhill quarter boasts the Everyman Cinema and a diverse selection of shops.

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Pubs Not To Be Missed

If you’re after a good pint you’re guaranteed nectar at the Cardinal’s Hat, High Street offering a great selection of local ales and selection of gins including local Pin Gin. Also, The Struggler’s “a proper pub”, crowned CAMRA’s Lincolnshire’s Pub of the Year also unsurprisingly worthy of mention in the 2021 Best Pub Guide.

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Community Spirit

Lincoln was recently crowned in bronze place as the best place to live in the UK for community spirit. Don’t be offended if yellow belly local calls you “duck”. It’s not that you were seen waddling down Steep Hill but used as a term of endearment.
 
A study compiled by Zoopla analysed data and stated that if it’s a support network you’re after then Lincoln is the place with its 40 nurseries, 104 virtual and in-person events, 104 volunteering opportunities and 16 green spaces including a choice of two Commons, parks and nature reserves offering plenty of access to lung filling countryside.
 
And for the VIP (Very Important Pooch) Lincoln is one of the top dog friendly places in the UK with Visit Lincoln’s partnership with the RSPCA and a guide to dog friendly areas.

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Alfresco Dining

The Cornhill quarter has a selection of alfresco bars, café’s, restaurants including The Botanist and artisan coffee shops. And if that’s not enough there’s the Brayford waterfront with its good share of bars such as the Electric Bar with its outdoor terrace. Winner of numerous awards, in the Bailgate, The Reform Restaurant, with award winning Head Chef, will be soon be offering outdoor dining and drinks.

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Sport & Fitness

With the City’s own football team, The Imps, Lincoln has its fair share of sporting activities going on including the Lincoln Rugby Club, Lindum Sports Club, for keen cricketers and hockey fans and the Eastgate Tennis Club. If you want to grab your running shoes or bike there are picturesque routes for all abilities such as the Castle to Coast Cycle route from the Cathedral Quarter to the Lincolnshire Coast, encompassing the spectacular Lincolnshire Wolds AONB enroute.

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