Unusual and fun things to do in Lincoln

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Planning a trip to Lincoln is great, but if you’re a local or you’ve visited Lincoln a few times before, you might be looking for more unusual things to do in Lincoln or fun things to do in Lincoln that are a bit different from the normal guides telling you to visit the Castle and the Cathedral Quarter.

Luckily, there are plenty of unique things to do in Lincoln and fun activities in Lincoln – whether you’re looking for family days out in Lincoln inspiration or a romantic day trip to Lincoln idea.

If you’re looking for ideas further afield, why not check out this guide to unusual things to do in Lincolnshire county too!

A view from city walls above a city, looking down on roof tops with a huge cathedral in the background
Lincoln Cathedral

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10 cool things to do in Lincoln, UK

Axe Throwing at Axed Lincoln

Not your normal day to day activity but wow is axe throwing fun!

If you’ve never been axe throwing before, it basically involves having your throw area for you and your team where you hurl axes at a target – the closer to the target you are, the more points you get and you’ll see your points appearing on the scoreboard in competition with your team.

This is a great fun activity in Lincoln, perfect for a fun couples date night, a fun activity with friends or work colleagues and an awesome way to let off some steam too.

The whole set up is fun and safe, the instructors are super friendly and helpful and are on hand to help with techniques or tips for throwing. 

There’s also drinks and social space as well as an Escape Room onsite.

Definitely one of the most unusual things to do in Lincoln – but you’ll be telling everyone about it afterwards!

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Jump Inc Trampoline Park

If axe throwing isn’t quite your thing but you still fancy letting off a bit of energy with a fun, physical activity – check out the Jump Inc Trampoline Park.

Here you’ll find a huge indoor area covered with trampolines for you to bounce around and have fun with friends or family.

There’s a ninja course and inflatables, making it Lincoln’s first indoor urban playground to create a mega trampoline complex with exciting obstacles for all ages.

This is a great option for fun things to do in Lincoln for families or if you’re looking for things to do in Lincoln on a rainy day.

Tickets are just £8 on weekdays and £11 on weekends.

Book here.

The Cheese Society Café

Outside of a building painted black with white writing that reads 'The Cheese Society Cheese Shop Eat and Drink'
Lincoln Cheese Society

Are you more of a foodie?

Why not check out Lincoln’s dedicated cheese cafe for an unusual thing to do in Lincoln!

With a lunch and light bites menu to please any cheese lover, you can pop in here for a quick lunch and enjoy cheese souffle, Rarebit Hotdog, Raclette, Mac and Cheese, Goats Cheese salad, a variety of platters and more.

Or if you want to make more of an occasion, why not try one of their port and cheese tasting menus.

Find out more here.

Carousel Bar

This is a fun afternoon out in Lincoln for all the big kids among us!

Carousel is a games arcade restaurant located on the High Street with heaps of arcade games and tabletop games like air hockey and table football, to give you all the nostalgia of your youth!

They have a full cocktail menu and their American-style menu offers huge burgers, fries, chick wings, BBQ meats and more.

They also have shuffleboard, Quickdraw virtual shooting as well as the usual arcade games – racing, basketball, dance machines and more.

They also welcome children before 8pm as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.

This is a super fun option for Lincoln date ideas, evenings out to celebrate birthdays and occasions with friends or work drinks that are all just a bit different from the generic evening at a regular bar.

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Lincoln Ghost Walks

Traditional cobbled street lined with small shops and timber frame buildings
Historical Cathedral Quarter

Are you looking to learn a bit more about the history of Lincoln but with a twist?

For the horror movie fans and paranormal enthusiasts among us, don’t miss the Lincoln Ghost Walk!

Learn about the grisly, gruesome, ghostly history and spooky stories that haunt Lincoln from the very knowledgeable local guide, take pictures to see if any ghostly apparitions appear! 

The dark history of Lincoln itself is also fascinating and it’s a fun, alternative way to spend an evening in Lincoln.

It’s also super budget friendly at just £6 per ticket and it runs Wednesday-Saturday all year round, plus bank holidays too!

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up to the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square as the start point.

South Commons

With spectacular city views and plenty of open, green space, South Common is the perfect budget friendly, alternative activity in Lincoln.

Ideal for a summers day with a picnic and some ball games, this is a one of the budget friendly, fun things to do in Lincoln for families.

There are a substantial number of walking paths through the park and gardens to enjoy on a fair weather day, to burn off some energy with the kids or for a romantic stroll.

View across the Common

International Bomber Command Centre

A sculpture of a plane on a metal base with people painted on. Silhouetted against a sunset sky
Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln

The International Bomber Command Centre is a memorial and museum dedicated to the Bomber Command of World War II

With beautiful gardens, the memorial and huge spire at the centre, there’s also interactive informational displays to learn about the history of this important regiment and the vital role these men and women served in the War.

The Peace Gardens, Wall of Names and the Spire are free to visit and a peaceful place to think about the names there with the view of Lincoln city on the hill beyond.

The exhibition charges a fee of £9.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Find out more here.

See the Magna Carta

Looking down on a long stone wall that surrounds a castle with a fort on another hill a short distance beyond, connected by the wall
Castle Walls at Lincoln Castle

This might not seem like one of the fun things to do in Lincoln, but it is definitely one of the unique things to do in Lincoln because one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta is in Lincoln and it’s located in Lincoln Castle.

There are only four original copies of the document from when it was sealed by King John on 15th June 1215. This is one of them, as the Lincoln Cathedral owns this copy and you can visit the exhibition where it’s housed in Lincoln Castle.

Lincoln is also the only place in the world where you are able to visit and see copies of both the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest in one location.

Tickets to visit the Castle and exhibition cost £15 although you can enter the grounds for free.

Stokes High Bridge Café Afternoon Tea

Historic black and white timber frame building now a cafe with people sitting outside

This is one of the fun things to do in Lincoln for families, particularly inter-generational trips or as a couple or mother-daughter treat.

The charming Stokes High Bridge Cafe is situated on the High Bridge in Lincoln which was built in 1160 and is the only surviving Medeval Bridge in the UK that still has houses on it!

The coffee house and cafe itself has stood on that spot since 1540, so you really are entering a piece of history!

Their afternoon teas are served daily and come on a beautiful 3-tiered afternoon tea stand with a selection of sandwiches, cakes and of course jam and scones. They also come with tea or coffee. You can also upgrade to a prosecco afternoon tea or a champagne afternoon tea complete with bone china and silverware if you really want a treat!

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See a show at The Drill

A massively underrated and unique thing to do in Lincoln is see a show or performance at The Drill.

With theatre performances, comedy shows, family events and workshops, music gigs and more, there’s always so much going on at The Drill. They also have a bar and restaurant so you can really make a night of it!

There’s so much choice and something for everyone, with plenty of the tickets being really affordable too.

Find out what’s on here.

Summary: fun things to do in Lincoln, UK

Hopefully this list has given you plenty of inspiration for some of the more unique things to do in Lincoln and some ideas for your next fun family day out, date night in Lincoln or just a fun rainy day activity. Whether you’re a local or a first time visitor, these are all super fun activities in Lincoln and a great show of everything the city has to offer!

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