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Visiting Lincoln with kids? So what’s available for free?

Visiting Lincoln with kids? So what’s available for free?

Having loved our visit to Lincoln Castle & Cathedral yesterday, we know that Lincoln caters brilliantly for little explorers….our girls loved every second of the castle walls walk, guided cathedral tour and visit to the Victorian Prison. But could Lincoln provide as much enjoyment today but this time for free? So what’s available in the city, if like us, you’re on a tight budget?

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Well for starters, look no further than the truly brilliant and free ‘Museum of Lincolnshire Life‘… this museum certainly packs in far more than it’s exterior suggests… it’s a treasure trove of historical collections that will keep your kids occupied for hours! Sadly, we’d only given over 2hrs to visit and it wasn’t nearly enough!! The audio guides, worksheets and treasure trails gave plenty to do and it really did offer a brilliant ‘RoadSchooling Opportunity‘ on what life has been like for generations of Lincolnshire folk.
But there’s more than just reflecting the culture of Lincolnshire since 1750, it also tells a narrative of the lives of the people… the Lincolnshire regiments in WW1 at the Somme or by the retelling of stories (told through the lives of two children – Tom/Lucy)… it’s clever, well organised and full of things to do & see…

But perhaps it’s most telling contribution is the fantastic resourcing that has obviously taken place, everything looks authentic and the kids loved seeing the names/brands they know today… albeit in a different container or jar!!! At times, it reminded us of our visit to York’s Castle Museum and their Victorian Street or our visit to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley.

Leaving behind the museum, we headed into the vibrant centre of Lincoln on the search for what else this city could offer.. Perhaps the free self guided smartphone  Roman Walking Trailor the Mystery Trail. Past old waterways that reminded us of our visits to Bruges.  Heading through Roman or Norman historic gates to the city…Past Lincoln’s many theatres and performing arts areas all offering great free Sunday opportunities… but onwards up the Strait toward Stoke Cafe at the Collection Museum.

‘Sunday Brunch’ at Stokes Cafe

This opportunity to grab a ‘Sunday Brunch’ was something we’d been looking forward to all day… it’s been a family tradition (before LifeinourVan began)… and it’s great to see cafes/restaurants taking up the trend… So Eggs Supreme, Waffles & steaming mugs of coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice were devoured in ‘double quick ‘ time!! Perhaps we should add these into Lottie/Libby’s Bakery Blogs!
So the question on our lips as we hauled ourselves out of the museum at closing time was ‘What did we miss in Lincoln?‘….

It’s hard to list in full detail, so we’ll leave it to the excellent Visit Lincoln website… but don’t forget the attractions on the outskirts of Lincoln (Bransby Horses, Aviation Trail, Doddington Hall, Cranwell Aviation Centre, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Ellis Mill…)

But perhaps the biggest smile on their faces came as we headed back into the city centre past an old sweet shop… well it would have been unfair to not let them have a small bag of sweets, wouldn’t it????


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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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