Lincoln is one of the best cultural cities in the UK with a dynamic and diverse offer for students. Nestled in the East Midlands and famous for its cathedral, castle and rich history, Lincoln is a compact city that’s easy to navigate, but you’ll never be short of things to see, do, eat and explore.
We’re well connected to it all at Pine Mill, just a short walk from the heart of the city centre with excellent public transport links around Lincoln and beyond to York, Nottingham and Sheffield or to the golden beaches of Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes.
We’re also just a 15-minute walk from The University of Lincoln’s main campus, which was recently named modern university of the year by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
So, whether you want to marvel at the architecture, sip some cocktails, or shop till’ you drop, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Lincoln and its surrounding areas, and perfectly placed to explore it all here at Pine Mill.
Take a look at the map to discover some of our favourite local spots.
Eating & drinking
Eating & drinking
Lincoln’s history and heritage span over 2000 years, so take your time and soak up every bit of it. Visit Lincoln Castle, which is home to the 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest. The unique Victorian Prison there offers an interesting, interactive experience – dress up as a prisoner or a guard and have a first-hand history lesson! You can also embark on the Medieval Wall Walk which takes you around the castle’s entire perimeter and on a journey through the history of Lincoln as you take in spectacular views across the city and surrounding countryside. Lincoln Cathedral is also a must see. Book a guided tour and learn all about the 1000-year-old church from a local expert before listening to the powerful sounds of the Cathedral Choir.
After your tour, explore Lincoln’s surrounding Cathedral Quarter. Find The Strait, climb Steep Hill, and explore Bailgate as you navigate the quaint cobbled streets. This area boasts a diverse selection of independent and quirky retailers, eateries, bars and markets that are just waiting to be explored. In the warmer summer months, there are loads of beautiful outdoor spaces and gardens to enjoy like The Lawns – a perfect picnic spot! An open-top Bus Tour is also a fun, cheap way to get to know the city, or why not sign up for the Lincoln Ghost Walk – if you dare!
The Everyman is a welcome new addition to Lincoln in the redeveloped Exchange Square. With a full programme of independent screenings and some mainstream ones too, as well as a full dining menu – weekends were made for this!
Eating & Drinking
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink options in Lincoln. This city serves up a mix of inventive global cuisine for every taste, budget and dietary need. Lincolnshire county is famed for its local fare and farm shops. Visit Margaret’s Tearoom for a traditional afternoon tea or try a variety of tasty cheeses at The Cheese Society. We’d also recommend a trip to the Prince William or The Horse and Groom for a hearty Sunday roast with all the trimmings and to sample the local ale.
Within walking distance of The University of Lincoln you’ll find Brayford Quay with its range of restaurants, cafes, and a multi-screen cinema overlooking one of Lincoln’s most iconic sights, Brayford Pool Marina. If cocktails are your thing, try The Electric Bar and take in panoramic views over the marina and waterfront.
Whether you prefer to dance until dawn, or a more relaxed vibe, Lincoln’s got something for you. Over on Brayford Waterfront you’ll find The Engine Shed, Lincolnshire’s largest live music and entertainment facility, housed in a renovated engine shed. They offer live and diverse band performances, comedy gigs and a regular programme of vibrant student club nights. If you prefer cocktails and catch-ups with friends, head to one of our favourite bars in the city, The Straight and Narrow, a retro-chic destination serving up inventive cocktails with a nightly DJ.
Lincoln has got something for every taste and budget, from high street shops to independent retailers and markets. The Cornhill Quarter in the heart of the city is a unique retail and leisure destination boasting an eclectic mix of shops, whilst Waterside Shopping Centre on Lincoln High Street has a wide mix of high street names. Just a short walk from Pine Mill is Valentines Retail Park with its range of homeware and clothing outlets, and just a stone’s throw from Pine Mill you’ll also find Tritton Retail Park which is home to some well-known homeware retailers – perfect for kitting out your new room.
Based in the heart of the city, The University of Lincoln is a popular and historic institution, recently named modern university of the year by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. The annual award comes after Lincoln reached its highest ever position in the league tables, ranking 45th out of 135. The University of Lincoln also placed 14th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.