Lincoln is a small city with a big history.
Come with us and explore the city of Lincoln; packed with fascinating stories, beautiful architecture and hidden gems. Lincoln Free Walking Tour will take you through the history of Lincoln, from it’s inception as a Roman fortress right through to the present day city.
Our award winning walking tours are designed to be fun and engaging, and are run by guides who are passionate about Lincoln’s heritage. We hope our love of the city will shine through and bring the history to life.
Please note unless otherwise stated our tours do not go inside any attractions.
There is no better way to see Lincoln than on foot.
Lincoln Free Walking Tour was established in 2021 by friends Brant and Matt, and now provides the most complete guided tour experience in Lincoln; taking in the entire city and providing tours that delve into all aspects of Lincoln’s history.
We offer a variety of regular walking tours running throughout the year; including our original free tour of the wider city. Where possible, our tours are free to book and we pride ourselves on being the only operator in the city providing tips based experiences. We also offer alternative pre-paid tours such as our Historic Pubs walking tour.
MEET OUR GUIDES
Brant was born in Skegness and raised in North Lincolnshire moving to Lincoln for university in 2006. He is a local architect and recent new father. Apart from architecture and local history enjoys craft beer, video games and pop culture.
Matthew was born and raised in Boston, Lincolnshire and moved to Lincoln in 2006 to study architecture at the University of Lincoln. As well as having a passion for history Matthew is a keen photographer and big football fan.
Chrissy was born and raised in Ipswich, Suffolk and moved to Lincoln in 2004 to study comms & PR. She currently works for Duckworth Motor Group as a marketing manager. She loves archaeology as well as walking in the Peak District.
Hannah grew up on the North Essex coast and moved to Lincoln in 2019. She has a lifelong love of history, and has spent 20+ years re-enacting various periods of history at castles and stately homes. Hannah is also a keen DIYer, music lover, traveller and is a bit of a mad cat lady.
- Pre-paid tour showcasing Lincoln's pubs and local ales (Saturdays)32 British pounds
How often are the walking tours?
We run walking tours every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Our original free walking tour takes place on Saturday mornings with a schedule of alternative walking tours available on Sunday mornings.
What time do the walking tours begin?
Departure times depend on which of our guided tours you have booked onto; all morning tours depart at 10am. We ask anyone attending to arrive 10 minutes early so we can depart on time.
Where do the walking tours depart from and finish?
Our original free walking tour begins within Castle Square next to the Exchequergate building and opposite the Magna Carta public house (what3words - plans.winter.aside). Our Roman walking tours begin in front of the Usher Gallery within Temple Gardens (what3words - renew.visit.whips) and finish next to St. Swithins Church. Our Industry and Innovation walking tours begin on the Brayford Pool viewing platform (what3words - herds.retire.woke) and finish within the Cornhill.
How long are the walking tours?
Our original free walking tour on Saturday is approximately 3 hours long. Lincoln lies on a big hill, so we have ensured this tour heads down hill rather than up. All our other free walking tours are approximately 2 hours long.
Do we need to book?
As we have limited capacity on our walking tours, we ask all attending to book using our online booking system to ensure a place on the tour you wish to attend.
How do your pre-paid walking tours work?
We currently also offer our Historic Pubs walking tour as a pre-paid experience monthly on Saturday afternoons. This tour departs at 1.00pm from Castle Square (what3words - plans.winter.aside). The tour will finish at The Witch and Wardrobe public house on Waterside North (what3words - legs.punchy.slate) and is approximately 3.5-4 hours long.
Are your free walking tours really free?
There is no obligation to pay anything on our free walking tours. Our tours are not subsidised, so we operate on a 'pay what you think it's worth' model and ask all attendees to consider leaving a tip based on their experience at the end of the tour. We can accept both cash and card payments on the tour.
Do the tours go ahead whatever the weather?
Yes, even if it is raining the walking tours will still run as planned. Please consider bringing appropriate footwear and an umbrella or raincoat in case it does rains. Tours will only be cancelled in extreme weather which poses a safety concern.
Is there a toilet break?
We try to plan our tours so there is an opportunity to use public toilets where possible during a tour; however please be aware the public toilets in Lincoln cost 20p.
Are your tours accessible for all?
We have done our best to ensure that our walking tours are accessible for all; though please bear in mind Lincoln is a historic city with some narrow footpaths and cobbled streets. Where there are steps on a tour, these can be avoided if needed. Certain tours have unavoidable steps and some steeper gradients which may not be suitable for all. Please see our Accessibility Statement for more information.
Are the tours suitable for all ages and are they dog friendly?
We welcome inquisitive minds of all ages on our tours and have tried to make the content interesting for all. Well behaved dogs are also more than welcome to join us. You must be 18 years or older to attend our Historic Pubs walking tour.
Do you have the correct insurance in place?
Yes, our tour guides are fully covered by an appropriate level of public liability insurance to protect ourselves and others on and off the tours.