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Lincoln listed by Sunday Times 'best places to live' guide for its historic core and leafy outskirts

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

CATHEDRAL CITY: Lincoln's listed in the Sunday Times' best places to live in Britain guide.

CATHEDRAL CITY: Lincoln's listed in the Sunday Times' best places to live in Britain guide

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Lincoln gets a very positive mention in the Sunday Times' Best Places To Live In Britain list today.

It's the national newspaper's second instalment, which has put the focus firmly on cities.

The guide doesn't rank any of the cities, except to name Bristol as the overall winner.

But the City of Lincoln merits a high standard entry, praising its landmarks, heritage, house prices - and location.

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"Gritty it ain't. The cathedral city of Lincoln has cobbled medieval streets to meander through, historical tours to put everything into context, and stately homes, a castle and, of course, the cathedral itself to visit," the guide says.

"But what's it like to live there? The state grammar schools are excellent, London and Leeds are only an hour away on the train, and the average house costs only £127,673.

"On the fringes of the city are outdoor areas such as Whisby Nature Park and Old Wood. If you want to buy a five-bedroom detached family home in the area, you're looking at about £280,000.

"WHY IT'S GREAT: Historic core and leafy outskirts."

Spilsby in East Lindsey is ranked seventh out of Britain's best towns.

Its average house price is £177,552, a 1`0.9 per cent rise inm the past 12 months.

Top of the towns' list is Wadebridge, in Cornwall, with statistics of £336,612 and an 18 per cent average property price hike in the last year.

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  • Derp_Lincoln  |  April 07 2014, 1:00PM

    "Lincoln / Lincolnshire is nice for those who have but not so nice for those who have nothing" Yeah, unlike all those other places in the country where having nothing is a blast. Hurrrr!

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  • Armyoldsweat  |  March 24 2014, 1:04PM

    Yes of course I agree with the Sunday Times' assessment of Lincoln but.......shussssssh, keep it quiet, we don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry coming up here spoiling everything.

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  • TheOracleof  |  March 24 2014, 8:18AM

    It was the rail service that saw me leave. Unless you drive you are not getting out of Lincoln quickly or regularly. Since when has London been an hour away? The direct train ether leaves at 7am and gets you in 3 hours later or one at 07:20 and gets you in two hours later. Then there are the missed links to Newark and visa versa. This runs true for Leeds as well, an hour? Really? Assuming everything works out it is close. However aside from that it is a lovely place to live and perhaps it is that atrocious rail service that keeps it as it is, without the big influx of people and snobby well heeled from down South.

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  • letarighter  |  March 24 2014, 7:33AM

    Big_Jimmy1. If only the rail services were still up to Victorian standards!

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  • thomastom  |  March 23 2014, 10:06PM

    Lincoln has the potential to be a great place to live. It's a shame that there is no rule-of-law and the city centre is a vomitorium.

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  • Big_Jimmy1  |  March 23 2014, 8:37PM

    Fantastic and safe place to live and finally showing on the map. Recently had some friends over who commented that Lincoln was a real find of a place. Car parking prices is old hat, you can still park in some city centre car parks in the weekend & weekend for 2.50, not sure you can do that into many places. Also, like it or not the university has rejuvenated the City and the contrast of modern and historic captures the City for me. My only bug bearer would be lack of transport links, the size of Lincoln and the surrounding area warrants a full ring road and the train services are very Victorian.

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  • InsideStory  |  March 23 2014, 5:58PM

    Lincoln / Lincolnshire is nice for those who have but not so nice for those who have nothing ,Employers and land owners hold all the cards for the time being with zero hour contracts and unreasonable conditions within the contracts .Corruption is very high with those in high places members of secret society's .No i dont believe Lincoln is a nice place to be any more .

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  • ZH875  |  March 23 2014, 5:58PM

    Lincoln, top of the list until you include car parking charges, then its a nosedive......

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