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With its cute, winding streets and independent shops, Lincoln offers a refreshingly different shopping experience. Similarly, Lincolnshire County as a whole is home to pretty villages and market towns, each with their own charm. Half the fun is finding your own adventure, but here are some of our favourite destinations…
Steep Hill, Lincoln
If you thought Lincolnshire was rather flat, try a brisk walk up Steep Hill which joins uphill and downhill Lincoln. Voted ‘Britain’s Best Street’ in 2012, this famous slope is brimming with independent, niche shops. From retro fashion outlets to boutique gift stores, and tearooms to top-notch eateries, it’s all here. If you don’t fancy tackling the steep gradient, there’s a frequent shuttle service too.
Location: 10 miles from Washingborough Hall, 17 minutes by car
Bailgate Shopping Area, Lincoln
Found in Lincoln’s pretty, cobbled Cathedral Quarter, Bailgate epitomises the city’s quirky, independent spirit. A great place to treat yourself, it’s crammed with great eateries and bars, along with a treasure trove of shops selling crafts, books and gifts.
Location: 6 miles from Washingborough Hall, 14 minutes by car
A charming market town with a burgeoning antiques scene, Horncastle is ideal for a day’s pottering about, bargain-hunting. But be warned: a quick stop can easily turn into a whole afternoon! We love the historic buildings here, especially the beautiful 12th century St. Mary’s Church. It’s also right at the southwest corner of the Wolds, perfect for a detour into the Lincolnshire countryside.
Location: 20 miles from Washingborough Hall, 30 minutes by car
Hemswell Antique Centre, Near Gainsborough
Home to Europe’s largest selection of antique dealers, Hemswell Antique Centres is a sight to behold. Whether you’re collector or a rank amateur, the range of antiquey delights on display will provide a fascinating afternoon of fun and surprises. There are more than 400 dealers, spread over four buildings, so the friendly café is a welcome treat too!
Location: 17 miles from Washingborough Hall, 30 minutes by car