Last Friday, all Harlaxton students had to attend a field trip for our British Studies class to Lincoln, England. Traveling to this English city helped bring the material we were learning in class (Roman influence, castles, and conquest, etc.) to life. I had pretty low expectations for Lincoln and they were easily surpassed!
After arriving in Lincoln, we split off into groups the school had placed us into for the day. I had free time to start off with so I wandered around the city and into some of the local shops that were open. When I walked down to the canal? River? I found myself walking down the “Steep Hill” in Lincoln. Throughout the day, I went up and down the hill a few times. The “hill” is so steep that there is a railing along the sidewalk to help you up and down.
Once my free time commenced, I headed to the Lincoln Castle which was fantastic! If you find yourself in England, do a day trip to Lincoln and purchase the combined pass for the castle and Lincoln Cathedral! Neither will disappoint!
Now, the castle was used for a castle AND as a prison! The prison happened to be the first part I walked through. I had the opportunity to see where inmates attended church, see their cells ( the men’s quarters and the women’s quarters), and listen to some of the harrowing stories of life in prison for the incarcerated.
At the castle too near the prison, one of the original Magna Cartas is typically on display. However, Magna Carta happened to be traveling/restored while we were there.
Once I wrapped up in the prison and Magna Carta exhibitions, I went and did the castle walk. This offered beautiful views of the city as well as information on where prisoners were hung. The walk also went through the prison’s graveyard and provided a view of the area where inmates exercised.
I would have loved more time at the castle an hour simply was not enough to read and process the information. Luckily for me, I will get to return to Lincoln in May for a different class! If you were to visit, I would budget at least two hours for the castle.
After the castle tour, I had a little bit of free time to eat lunch. I managed to multitask and went to the free art museum to have a look. Like the castle, I wished I would have had more time to appreciate what I was observing.
Once lunch concluded, my group went to the Lincoln Cathedral. We learned how the church was constructed and its gothic architecture. In person, it is difficult to fathom how such a grand building managed to be built during the time period. An hour, once again, was not enough time to take in everything I saw with my two eyes. Absolutely stunning!
After the cathedral, my group went on a walking tour around Lincoln learning about other Roman influence in the city. We saw remnants of a wall that was used to keep out outsiders and the only Roman arch left that is used for its original purpose of letting in people to the city.
Our walking tour wrapped up at Lincoln Cathedral where we learned about the flying buttresses, Alfred Lloyd Tennyson (native of Lincoln), and some of the exterior areas of the church. It was at this time that it began to snow like crazy!
With the snow coming down, our final tour of the day ended. Everyone had more free time until bus pickup at 5:00 pm. I walked with some friends into some more shops and traversed the streets of Lincoln.
I cannot wait to return to Lincoln in May! If you find yourself in England, budget a day trip to this historical city. I promise you will not be disappointed!
See you here next Monday! I am off to London this afternoon and flying to Switzerland tomorrow morning bright and early!
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