Take the train for an impish day out in Lincoln

This summer will see a special day trip experience to one of the East Coast rail route’s hidden gems – and a chance to tackle an impish new city trail.

Lincoln will be the day trip destination from London on 3 July, perfectly timed for the launch of a trail of 30 colourful Lincoln imp sculptures across the city.

Tickets are now on sale for the LNER special event, in partnership with Visit Lincoln, which will leave London King’s Cross at 08:06 and arrive in the heart of Lincoln in less than two hours.

Visitors can then return on an LNER service of their choice later in the day.

As well as experiencing LNER’s new Azuma trains, visitors will get the chance to explore Lincoln’s history and culture with its Cathedral and neighbouring Castle among the jewels in the crown.

And Saturday 3 July also sees the launch of the new Lincoln Imp Trail too.

Hidden in the upper reaches of Lincoln Cathedral you’ll find a symbol of the city surrounded by myth and legend: the Lincoln Imp.  For those visiting this gothic splendour, you can spot the petrified little Imp high above the Angel Choir.

But for summer 2021, visitors to the city will have no trouble discovering the impish little fellow, thanks to the imp sculptures dotted around the city.

Organised by Lincoln BIG, the free, family-friendly sculpture trail celebrating Lincoln, its art, culture and heritage, will encourage visitors to enjoy not only the famous sights, but some of the city’s hidden gems too.

Set to run until 9 September 2021, 30 individually designed and hand painted Imps will be on display in Lincoln, with one taking up residence at the seaside in Skegness, while five ‘Roaming Imps’ will move among shops and businesses, peeping out from window displays across the city (https://lincolnimptrail.co.uk).

The ‘Lincoln Experience’ day visit comes as new research reveals that the Great British Day Trip is back, with almost nine in ten Brits planning at least one this summer.

Data from LNER also shows a rise in journey searches in recent weeks following the reopening of attractions, restaurants and hotels. Saturday is also the most popular day for people looking to take same-day return journeys.

City destinations remain firm favourites, and Lincoln – one of England’s finest heritage cities – proves popular for a city break destination, for a day trip or short break, and easily accessible by train.

For more details about the LNER and Visit Lincoln day trip, see https://bit.ly/3wOCnyk

For general information about visiting Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com

Photo: LNER/Charlotte Graham