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Brayford Pool, Lincoln

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The Brayford Pool is a natural lake formed from a widening of the River Witham in the centre of the city of Lincoln in England. It was used as a port by the Romans - who connected it to the River Trent by constructing the Foss Dyke - and has a long industrial heritage.Today, the waterfront surrounding the pool is home to a range of hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and a modern University (University of Lincoln). There is also a year-long programme of events on the waterfront including vehicle displays, music evenings and carnival parades.HistoryThe Pool has been the focus of Lincoln's urban regeneration since the early 1990s. It is now overlooked by bars, restaurants, a cinema and, most significantly, the University of Lincoln. The only reminder of the past is the Royal William public house, a traditional pub housed inside a listed building. The Pool is used as a marina by houseboats and pleasure craft, as well as by anglers and kayakers.
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  • a very good place to spend a lazy afternoon, especially on a warm day. there are a lot of places to eat and drink outside and soak up the sun and atmosphere. A great range of food available and just s...  more »
  • Lincoln's waterfront, Brayford Pool is a splendid little spot in this handsome little city. The Pool is the result of both a mixture of natural forces and human intervention. The shoreline is lined by...  more »
  • Apart from the cinema, and that has a coffee shop, the whole length of the Brayford is restaurants of all choices and one pub,which also serves food! There is a boat trip from there just up the river,...  more »

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For easy access to Lincoln's historical sites, shopping, and entertainment, stay close to the old town center. An alternative option to pricey hotels, self-catering apartments offer spacious rooms and private parking, all within walking distance of the city's historical castle and cathedral. To escape the crowds and enjoy an authentic Lincolnshire experience, consider staying in the surrounding countryside, which is dotted with charming B&Bs and family-owned cottages.
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