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The stunning English city with one of the most beautiful streets in Britain

The beautiful little town in the East Midlands is home to one of the most picturesque streets in Britain – and it’s easy to see why it’s won awards.

The beautiful little town in the East Midlands is home to one of the most picturesque streets in Britain((Getty Images)

In the historic city of Lincoln, in the county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands, you will find a steep, cobbled street lined with independent shops, restaurants, tea rooms and boutiques.

This aptly named steep hill in the medieval heart of the city leads up to the famous Lincoln Cathedral.




The street itself is notable, however, as it won the Academy of Urbanism’s Great Street Award in 2012 for its ability to “adapt while respecting and enhancing its heritage”. Halfway up this charming street is Norman House, a picturesque building dating from around 1170, making it one of the oldest surviving residential buildings in Britain.

Now a tea shop, the building was originally built for Aaron of Lincoln, a Jewish moneylender who lent large sums to the nobility, including King Henry II, reports the Express. The street is also home to some of the city’s best restaurants.

Set in one of the 12th century stone buildings at the foot of Steep Hill, Jews House is an independent restaurant offering both à la carte and a tasting menu using locally sourced ingredients.

Norman House is a picturesque building dating from around 1170((Getty Images)

Beyond Steep Hill, Lincoln is full of history and impressive architecture. The city’s crowning glory is the famous Lincoln Cathedral, which was the tallest building in the world for over two centuries.

This record stood until 1549, when the tower collapsed. Had it remained intact, the 160-metre-high building would have retained the title of the world’s tallest building for almost six centuries. This British city also boasts the cathedral, which houses one of only two Wren libraries in the world.

An aerial view of Lincoln Cathedral((Getty Images)

Built in the 17th century, this library received high praise from art historian Sir Roy Strong, who called it the most beautiful room in England.