Discover Historic Lincoln


Lincoln is a small city with a big history. 


The 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. We explore the historic core of the city before meandering down Steep Hill into the modern city and ending at the Brayford Pool.


Our walking tours are designed to be fun and engaging, and we hope our love of the city and it's heritage will shine through. In addition to our original free walking tour of Lincoln, we also offer alternative free walking tours covering specific aspects of the city's history.

You can book onto one of our guided tours below. If you have any queries please consider our FAQs below. For large group bookings or private tours please email us directly at

Our original free walking tour will take you past and cover the following local attractions:

  • Lincoln Cathedral

  • The Bailgate

  • Roman Lincoln

  • Lincoln Castle

  • Steep Hill

  • Usher Gallery & The Collection

  • New Theatre Royal

  • Greyfriars

  • Cornhill Quarter

  • Brayford Pool

  • And much much more...

Please note our tours do not go inside any attractions.




Brant Clayton

Brant was born in Skegness and raised in North Lincolnshire moving to Lincoln for university in 2006. He is a local architect working in the city and apart from architecture and local history enjoys brewing beer, video games and pop culture.


Matthew Thomas

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.




How often are the walking tours?

Our original free walking tours takes place most Saturday mornings; these may be more frequent in the summer. Our free evening tours are fortnightly through the summer months. Alternative tours including our Roman walking tour are usually monthly. 


What time do the walking tours begin?

Departure times depend on which of our guided tours you have booked onto; our morning tours depart at 10am. afternoon tours depart at 2pm and evening tours at 5.30pm. 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) and finish next to the Brayford Pool. Our free evening tour also begins within Castle Square and finishes in the same place. 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.

How long are the walking tours?

Our original free walking tour is approximately 2.5-3 hours long. 

Lincoln lies on a big hill, so we have ensured this tour heads down hill rather than up. Our Roman walking tours and free evening tour 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.

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.

Are your walking tours really free?

There is no obligation to pay anything on our free walking tours. As we run the tours in our spare time and are not subsidised, 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.

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. The Roman walking tour however includes unavoidable steps and steeper gradients so may not be suitable for all.

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.

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.





Statue of Snips the dog in Lincoln's Cornhill Quarter


When nobody would buy his Sealyham Terrier pup, enterprising market trader Henry Tyler began taking the dog to work and charging people a penny a stroke him whilst running his market stall within Lincoln's Cornhill. Snips the dog became popular with passers-by, particularly, as so Henry carried on doing this day after day, week after week and month after month. The pennies eventually began to grow into shillings and pound notes; which would all go towards local charities.

Throughout the course of the 1950s Snips the dog and his owner Henry raised more than £35,000 for a variety of local charities. Snips became something of a legend in the city and was awarded a silver collar by the Mayor of Lincoln.

Find out more about Snips on our free walking tours. In the meantime we have started a petition in an effort to get Snips the dog his own statue as a focal point in Lincoln's recently refurbished Cornhill Quarter. You can sign the petition here.