Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: City of Lincoln Council Lincoln Guildhall Saltergate Lincoln, , LN2 1DH

Contact: 01522 873 507



The Lincoln Guildhall allows people to take a step back in time when viewing this historic and political building, which still hosts the City of Lincoln Council’s Full Council meetings and is the Mayor of Lincoln’s official home.

When visiting the Guildhall, you will learn about:

• The Stonebow is situated on the site of the southern gateway to the Roman town of Lindum Colonia now the City of Lincoln.  A gateway has stood here for 1800 years although the present building was not completed until 1520.

• The Guildhall is the official home of the Mayor and occupies the whole of the second floor of the Stonebow and with access via the large oak door in the East Wing of the building which is of 15th and 16th Century date. On the second floor, you can view the Council’s Chamber, Inner Chamber, Robing Room and the Mayor’s Parlour. 

• The Insignia Room which was previously the old debtors’ prison is located in the Guildhall.

• The City’s fine collection includes the Royal Sword which presented by Richard II and is still carried in front of the Mayor on ceremonial occasions together with the Mayor’s Mace which was presented by Charles I.

• The chains of office are on display and five of the six are still worn today.  The Mayor’s old chain dates back to1849 but was taken out of use in 1960.  The Sheriff’s Chains dates back to 1887 and is still worn today.

• Many Royal Charters have been granted.  The oldest being granted by King Henry II circa 1157 with the latest in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II.

• OTHER ITEMS include racing cups, models of the tank and aircraft, Mayor’s thumb ring, Royal swords, civic banqueting plate and much more.

• The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln dates back to 1206 although the role of Mayor has changed significantly since then.  The Mayor is a local ward Councillor and is chosen by seniority and is in office for one year commencing in May.

• The City Sheriff’s office in Lincoln dates back to 1409 are one of only fourteen cities that still has a Sheriff.  The person who holds this position does not have to be a Councillor and is chosen by the Mayor.

(All the above positions are now of a ceremonial nature.)

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

This venue is not only a great place to learn about Lincoln’s history but it’s the Mayor of Lincoln’s official home. This venue hosts all the City of Lincoln Council’s Full Council meetings and we offer individuals the opportunity to host their own council meeting, award ceremony and even private dinners.

All schools who wish to host their children’s council meeting at the Guildhall are allowed to let the children to take it in turns to sit in the Mayor’s chair and wear the mayoral robes. 

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The visit includes an hour tour around the building, viewing the Council Chamber, Inner Chamber, Robing Room, Mayor’s Parlour and the Insignia Room. The tour will include interesting stories relating to the building, facts regarding the local history and information regarding to past Mayors and Sheriffs. Depending on their availability the Mayor and/ or Sheriff can be invited to welcome pupils to the building.

After the tour, pupils may conduct a question and answer session with the tour guide or Mayor.

They may also hold their own school council meeting in the Council Chamber.

What size groups do they cater for?

We recommend the maximum is a group of 30 or if there are more than 30 up to 50 we can split them into two groups.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We currently do not provide any teaching packs, however, we are happy to work with teachers to ensure their visit meets their own goals.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We welcome children to take any photos or videos, if this helps with their learning.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We have several risk assessments in place, which can be given to teachers on request.

What does it cost?

All our guided tours are free of charge, however, we do welcome any donations to the Mayor’s charity.

Is specific clothing required?

No specific clothing requirements, however, we do suggest sensible shoes as some of the floors are a little uneven and there are a few additional steps to be careful of when walking about the building.

Do you have first aid on site?

All tour guides onsite are first aid trained.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have onsite toilet facilities and can provide hot/ cold drinks onsite. If children wish to bring their pack-up with them or would like us to provide a buffet, we can make arrangements. However, we must be given a minimum of 7 days notice before their visit.

Are there disabled facilities?

The Guildhall is an historic building and accessibility for some people may not be practicable.  There are three steps which need to be climbed to gain entry through the main door to view the Civic Insignia.  To view the Council Chamber on the upper floor two flights of steps need to be climbed and unfortunately there is no lift available.

Here is our ACCESS STATEMENT:   This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities that we offer all our visitors.

The Guildhall and Stonebow, an early 16th century town building, impressively stands right in the middle of the High Street in Lincoln and is one of several beautiful historic sites in the city.

Guided tours of this interesting historic building are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and are free of charge. We also offer private group tours throughout the week including weekends and evenings.

Pre-Arrival :

• Please inform the Guildhall (01522 541727) or City of Lincoln Council (01522 873303) in advance of any access requirements.

• Full address : Lincoln Guildhall, Saltergate, Lincoln LN2 1DH

• Located in Lincoln High Street. Map available on website :

• Nearest Railway Station : Lincoln Railways Station is 0.3 miles away – a 5-10 minute walk on flat, paved paths. Taxis are available at the station.

• Nearest Bus Station : Lincoln’s Bus Station is 0.3 miles away – a 5-10 minute walk on flat, paved paths.

Arrival and Car Parking Facilities:

• There is no designated car park on site but there are car parks within walking distance. Please see map of car parks :

• Most car parks only a two to five minute walk away from the venue. Blue Badge Holder parking available at both the Lucy Tower Car park and the NCP car park on Free School Lane.

• Parking bays for Blue Badge Holders available on Silver Street (two minutes’ walk away from venue).

• There are no drop off points in the immediate vicinity of the Guildhall

• Main entrance doors are manual.

Main Entrance to Guildhall/Public Areas:

• Entry is free of charge. (Donations to the Mayor’s Charity are always gratefully received!)

• To gain access to the Guildhall you have to take two steps. You will be met by a Civic Officer who will welcome you to the building.

• There are then two flights of wooden stairs to the upper floor of the building. The Civic Insignia and Charters are on the ground floor. Alternatively, a chair lift is available to gain access to the upper floor.

• Some floors are uneven and the wooden stairwells are quite steep; which are in-keeping with the building cannot be altered due to the listed building status.

• A visitors’ book is located on the ground floor.

• No reception desks.

• Seating available in the building.

Public Toilets :

There are accessible toilets located on the ground floor. Additional Information :

• We welcome trained assistance dogs to all areas in the Guildhall.

• Staff trained in first aid and go through house-keeping before tours.

• Induction loops installed.

• One-to-one staff assistance available upon request.

What are your opening days and hours?

Guided tours of this interesting historic building are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and are free of charge. We also offer private group tours throughout the week including weekends and evenings. This does not include bank holidays and depends on availability.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: City Tours Historic Buildings Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies History Leisure & Tourism PSHE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December