Why Lincoln is One of the Best Places for Romantic Breaks

Published on 2023-09-07

With so many dreamy things to do during a fairytale retreat, there are lots of reasons why Lincoln is one of the best places for romantic breaks in the UK. Boasting culture, country, and coast, it offers something for all lovebirds looking to enjoy a carefree getaway.

Whether you can’t wait to hold hands along historic streets or tree-tangled paths, here’s our guide to some of the best ideas for shared moments together just a stone’s throw from Washingborough Hall.

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Romantic Cathedral Walks

At Washingborough Hall, we are just ten minutes away from the bustling heart of the city of Lincoln. Famed for its historic buildings that overlook pretty streets, the city itself is perfect for strolling with fingers entwined and soaking up the atmosphere. Perhaps its most famous attraction, Lincoln Cathedral sets a truly majestic backdrop for romantic breaks throughout the year. Built in the 11th century, the cathedral is renowned for its striking gothic architecture and was once the tallest building in the world for more than 200 years. Today, you can enjoy unmissable group tours of its impressive walkways, roof, tower, and outdoor spaces for a fascinating trip through time.


Plentiful Outdoor Pursuits

With all kinds of wonderful outdoor pursuits and activities on offer, there is a wide variety of outdoorsy things to see and do that make Lincoln one of the best places for romantic breaks in the UK. If you love nothing more than being in the Great Outdoors with your beau, you’ll simply be spoilt for choice. For cycling duos, the Water Rail Way is one of the best places for leisurely bike rides, following a flat, purpose-built trail from Lincoln to Boston. For walkers, the whole county is traced by a flowing network of footpaths and bridleways, including the Viking Way which passes through the city. The most famous area for rambling, the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is just half an hour from Lincoln and is woven with countless trails for cosy picnics and loved-up strolls in nature. 

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Picture-Perfect Houses and Gardens

Like scenes plucked from the pages of novels, Lincolnshire is home to a spectacular array of historic houses and gardens that await for romantic exploration together. If you are looking for some floral inspiration, four must-visit gardens in Lincolnshire provide gorgeous settings for exploration. Just a few miles from Lincoln, Doddington Hall’s manicured gardens are particularly lovely. Featuring 5 acres of flower-covered gardens around a 16th century hall, the grounds here are open from February to October and invite for moments of peaceful tranquillity. Another must-see, Lincoln Castle is located within Lincoln city centre and calls to star-crossed lovers to learn all about its history of kings, convicts, and secret churches buried below its foundations…

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Delicious Places to Eat and Drink

There’s nothing more romantic for couples than wining and dining in a beautiful setting. Fortunately, at Washingborough Hall just outside of Lincoln, our beautiful, two AA Rosette restaurant and extensive offering of dining opportunities propose the perfect way to dine in style. Making sure there is something for everyone, our dedicated team of talented chefs, led by Head Chef Mark Cheseldine, work in harmony with the seasons and use the region’s finest produce to create delicious foodie experiences. From our bistro lunches to afternoon teas to decadent dinners, you can choose from an array of mouth-watering plates for unforgettable dates.

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Thrilling Ghost Tours

If you are looking for a novel way to spend time together (or another excuse to jump into your partner’s arms), then why not consider a ghost walk to add a thrilling twist to your Lincoln retreat? Offering award-winning ghost tours, the Original Lincoln Ghost Walk runs throughout the year on select days of the week and offers an unrivalled insight into the spookier side of the city. Featured on the BBC and famed for having given Tom Hanks’ family a city ghost tour, this frightfully entertaining service is led by experienced guides and leads you around the city’s ghostly highlights. Booking isn’t required – you simply need to turn up at the allocated time outside of Lincoln’s Tourist Information Centre and look forward to a gripping adventure together.

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Dreamy Beaches

The coast of Lincolnshire extends for more than 50 miles and is within driving distance of Lincoln, making the city one of the top places for romantic breaks and salt-kissed escapes. Running from the Humber estuary near Yorkshire to the Wash marshlands of Norfolk, the coastline is decorated with must-visit beaches covered in powder-fine sands. A delightful destination for day trips, Skegness is just over an hour from Lincoln and famous for its Blue Flag beach and abundance of things to see and do. Whether your idea of romantic heaven is tracing the shoreline in a couple’s kayak, enjoying an alfresco picnic on the beach, or going for a cosy sunset stroll along ocean promenades, you’ll find lots of magical moments ready to be had near Lincoln.


Washingborough Hall Weddings

If you are looking for the dreamiest destination to host your wedding day, a romantic honeymoon or overdue escape, our award-winning wedding venue and four-star retreat in Lincolnshire awaits. A stunning manor hotel in private grounds on the fringes of Lincoln, we offer 20 comfortable rooms and bespoke wedding packages (including exclusive-use offers) to ensure the finest experience for you and your beloved. Get in touch or book today.

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