A cathedral city in the predominantly rural county of Lincolnshire in the east of England, Lincoln is not on the main rail routes of the UK but does have a busy branch line service providing regular connections from the East Coast Main Line, for indirect services from London King's Cross and the north. Alternative routes via Peterborough and Nottingham provide additional connections from the capital. Regular trains to Lincoln offer direct rail connections from the seaside resort of Cleethorpes.
Located just to the south of the city center, Lincoln Central Station is a short walk from the historic Cathedral Quarter, with city buses offering connections from nearby stops across the city and county. The station has a parking lot, food store, coffee shop, ATMs and a taxi stand.
East Midlands Trains is the main rail operator in eastern England and provides regular connections to Lincoln from Newark North Gate and Peterborough, connecting with LNER services from London King's Cross. East Midlands Trains also operates services from London St Pancras to Lincoln via Nottingham and coastal connections from Cleethorpes to Lincoln. Northern Rail provides direct trains from Leeds to Lincoln.
Rail travel across the rural flatlands of Lincolnshire offers farmland vistas that are unmatched anywhere else in the UK. Lincoln is close enough to the East Coast Main Line to make travel from the capital fairly easy, with journey times of just over two hours for the fastest connections. Routes via Peterborough also offer rail connections from Stansted Airport, while services from Doncaster are convenient for flights arriving at East Midlands Airport.
Although the cathedral and the merchants' houses of the medieval Upper Town tend to hog most of the attention, Lincoln also boasts an attractive waterfront area, where old warehouses have been converted into hotels and bars, creating a relaxed space for canal boats and yachts, where visitors can enjoy the views over a drink. The historic center of Lincoln is fairly compact and can be negotiated on foot, although the climb to the cathedral can be surprisingly steep. Local buses are useful for getting around the city and exploring the rural villages of Lincolnshire.