We were away for a few days last week with my parents in Lincoln. We stayed in Newport on the Sunday evening so as to make for a short journey to Cardiff first thing Monday morning, and decided to book into the Hampton by Hilton hotel just a few miles off the M4 motorway.
It’s not a chain that we had used before but based on our first experience there we will certainly use them again for this type of stop. Decent accommodation, decent breakfast, good parking and extremely good value – and in our opinion compared more than favorably with Premier Inns and Travel Lodge accommodation.
After picking up my parents – Monday saw us drive around 200 miles to Lincoln, broken only by a decent stop at Butlers Coffee House located in a Grade II-listed former butcher’s shop in Bingham (Nottinghamshire) and about 30 miles of so from the accommodation we had rented at No 24 Church Lane,
Our accommodation was perfectly located very – close to the Cathedral Quarter and really is the proverbial stones throw from the cathedral and castle. The hosts Dan and Rosie just couldn’t have been more helpful from booking through to arrival. The accommodation is ideal for four people, superbly fitted out and full of lovely touches – the sort that make all the difference and make for a very pleasant and comfortable stay.
In fact I would go so far as to say that if you’re planing on visiting and staying over in Lincoln this place should be high on your list when checking availability – I’d be surprised if my wife and I don’t stay there again at some point in the future.
Once suitably refreshed we continued to wander and headed into the simply magnificent cathedral – which by any measure is a must see place if visiting Lincoln.
Building work on the cathedral started in 1088 and for a period of 238 years (between 1311 and 1549) it was actually the tallest building in the world. It’s an impressive and inspiring place and we really enjoyed our visit there, in fact the Victorian writer John Ruskin once said of it: “I have always held… that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.”
After that it was a bite to eat in a local pub before heading back to our accommodation where my Mum and Dad cut the anniversary cake that my wife had made and we shared a bottle of Prosseco.
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