For families looking for a new destination to explore during the Easter holidays, Lincoln has a lot to offer. From a city safari to a family easter trail, the city has a wide variety of interactive events for the whole family to enjoy. Here are Visit Lincoln’s top recommendations for those visiting Lincoln over the Easter break.
Lincoln City Safari
Specially for the Easter holidays, Lincoln will be host to a city safari. Created from artificial grass, the eight-foot animals are displayed in a trail around the key areas around the key areas of the city including The Cornhill Quarter, giving visitors an interactive way to explore the centre. Whether looking for a family of rhinos, or a beautiful butterfly, Lincoln Safari will provide delight and weatherproof enjoyment, enhancing Lincoln City Centre. The trail also includes face painting and animal themed workshops, offering opportunities for prizes to be won.
Lincoln City Safari will take places in various locations in the city centre from 13-24 April 2022. It is free to attend. For more information, please visit: https://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lincoln-city-safari
Lincoln Sightseeing Bus
Back for the summer season, Lincoln’s sightseeing bus is the best way to explore the city. Lincoln’s 2,000-year history is brought to life with live commentary, covering the aviation heritage, Magna Carta and Roman Lincoln. Visitors can board the bus at any of its stops, including the historic Cathedral Quarter and Brayford Waterfront, with a stop at Lincoln Castle encouraged. Built in 1068, the Castle has dominated the city’s skyline for nearly a thousand years. Inside the Castle Walls, guests can explore the Georgian and Victorian prison, detailing historic crime and punishment in Lincoln.
The bus tour is ideal for those looking to explore Lincoln at a leisurely pace; visitors can hop on and off the bus at any of the stops as many times as they wish, allowing for time to alight and explore the area.
The Lincoln Sightseeing bus runs from 26 March – 30 October 2022. During April, May, and October, the schedule is weekends and bank holidays only. Adult tickets are £13, with up to two free child tickets available per paying adult. Find out more at: https://www.visitlincoln.com/things-to-do/bus-tour-lincoln
Easter Activity Trail
Located at just over 30 miles from the city centre, Lincolnshire’s Belvoir Castle is a Regency-period castle surrounded by beautiful grounds. The castle’s Easter activity trail explores the gardens, giving puzzles to solve along the way. Set amongst the estate’s beautiful display of spring flowers, the colourful trail has Easter characters to spot along the way. Once the trail is completed, each child can collect an easter egg prize at the end of their visit, with dairy-free alternatives also available.
For parents accompanying, a visit to Belvoir’s shopping village, the Engine Yard, is recommended. Over the Easter weekend, the Engine Yard is hosting a pop-up market, offering a range of flowers, food and crafts sold by local, independent businesses.
Entry to the Easter Activity Trail is included in a regular child ticket. For more information, please visit: https://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/easter-activity-trail-at-belvoir-castle
Castle to Coast Cycling Route
For families with older children, the Castle to Coast cycling route is highly recommended. Exploring the best of both city and coastline, the 100-mile round trip offers a blend of quiet country lines, stunning coastline and a scenic view of the city of Lincoln from the perspective of its iconic Castle. The route begins in the centre of Lincoln, just outside of the castle walls, marking the beginning of the trip with a visit to the 11th century landmark. Continuing through the picturesque villages of Lincolnshire with beautiful views of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the route reaches the endpoint of Chapel St Leonard’s by the North Sea coast. After arriving in Chapel St Leonard’s, take a trip to the UK’s first-ever purpose-built marine observatory, North Sea Observatory, which allows its visitors to view the passage of migrating birds from around the world.
For more information on the Castle to Coast Cycle Route that begins at Lincoln Castle, visit: www.visitlincoln.com/things-to-do/castle-to-coast
Accommodation & Getting There
From luxury hotel rooms, self-contained holiday homes, glamping sites and B&Bs, there is a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes in Lincoln.
The Dairy Barn in Ingham, a luxury barn conversion just outside of the city, offers a tranquil and private experience for its guests. A self-contained and self-catered property, The Dairy Barn is suitable for up to six guests. Rates start from £600 for a 7-night stay. Please note that the property requires a 3-night minimum stay.
Newly opened in 2020, Hanworth Country Park is the perfect accommodation to suit all budgets and holiday styles. Choose from camping, static caravans, or a luxury lodge, depending on what is preferable for your family. All accommodations benefit from the on-site trim–trail, family-friendly coffee shop serving locally sourced food, and the country park’s fishing lake. Rates for tent pitches start from £15 per night.
For more information, please visit: https://www.visitlincoln.com/stay
Via the LNER railway line, Lincoln is just a 1 hour and 55-minute trip away from London King’s Cross. Trains depart every two hours. Tickets start from £36 for a day return.