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Admission to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and Ellis Windmill is free*. However, please note that Ellis Mill is closed at present for maintenance.

Opening hours

Open daily seven days a week from 10am to 4.30pm (last entry at 4pm).

The museum has a small car park to the front and side of the building and is fully accessible to wheelchair users. A copy of our Access Statement, which details site accessibility and facilities, can be downloaded below.

Gift shop

Our gift shop sells unusual gifts and toys, period postcards and a wide range of heritage books.

Collections are made daily by the Royal Mail from our genuine Victorian Postbox so surprise your friends and family with a card stamped and posted from the museum.


Our cosy Gatehouse Tearoom is open seven days a week, selling light refreshments and drinks.

Other facilities

History Hunters playground: The perfect place for your little engines to let off steam. Explore the museum together and spot the objects, displays and aspects of the building’s military past that inspired this playground.

Children’s Trail: The museum always has a Children’s Museum Trail available to keep younger visitors amused and looking closely at our collection. There are usually seasonal alternatives at Easter, Christmas and during the Summer Holiday. Please ask at reception when you arrive and staff will be happy to explain how to become a History Hunter!

Loans Box: The museum has a number of loan boxes available to schools and community groups for hire periods of up to three weeks.

Group visits: With so much to see the museum is an ideal location for your group to visit and take a trip down memory lane. Self-guided visits are free but, for a small fee, we can arrange a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

Room hire: The learning space is a dedicated room that can be hired for visiting groups, talks or other meetings.

For all enquiries, contact:

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Burton Road
Lincoln, LN1 3LY

Tel: 01522 782040

How to find us

By road: The Museum of Lincolnshire Life has free parking and is only 30 minutes away from the A1 and an hour from Nottingham, Peterborough, Sheffield, Hull and the east coast. The Museum is best approached via the A46 relief road, which has traffic joining from the A1 (Nottingham and Leicester), the A57 (A1 north/Leeds), the A15 (Humber Bridge and Hull) and the A158 (Skegness and east coast). The best approach from the south is to use the A1, then A46 (at Newark-on-Trent), as this avoids the centre of Lincoln.

On the A46, follow signs for Historic Lincoln to enter the city and then follow signs for the Cathedral Quarter. From the roundabout junction of the A46 with the A15, proceed along Riseholme Road (B1226) to the next roundabout and turn right into Yarborough Crescent (B1273). At the next roundabout, turn left into Burton Road and proceed to the traffic lights – the museum is on the right with parking in front, or turn right at the traffic lights into Upper Long Leys Road and the entrance to the car park is on the right.

By rail: Trains to Lincoln arrive at Lincoln Central Station in the ‘downhill’ area of the city. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is in Burton Road in the ‘uphill’ area of the city, signposted Cathedral Quarter’. Opposite the station, there is a Walk and Ride bus stop, where a minibus takes passengers uphill, and the main bus station is across the road and to the right from the front of the railway station. (See directions by bus.)

The museum is less than half an hour’s walk from the railway station, but it involves going up some very steep roads. Turn left out of the station and, using the pedestrian crossing, turn right into the pedestrianised High Street. Go up High Street until it forks into The Strait to the right and St. Martin’s Square to the left. Cross St. Martin’s Square into Hungate and turn right, then left into Spring Hill (very steep). At the top of Spring Hill, turn left, then right into Union Road, which leads past the West Gate of the Castle into Burton Road (left at the mini roundabout). At the traffic lights, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is on the corner across the road (Upper Long Leys Road).

By bus: The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is on the number 7 bus route from the City Bus Station, conveniently situated near the markets and main ‘downhill’ shopping area. The service runs every 20 minutes and there is a stop outside the museum. There are Walk and Ride minibus stops around the downhill area of the city, e.g. opposite the main railway station and in the High Street across Silver Street from the Stonebow Arch. The nearest stop to the museum is in Union Road opposite the Lawn. Go past the West Gate of the castle and turn left at the mini roundabout into Burton Road. At the traffic lights, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is on the corner across the road (Upper Long Leys Road).

*Except for some event days

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Last updated: 13 March 2018

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