An exciting new Tour Lincoln bus – sporting a sparkling livery highlighting a special year in the city’s history – hits the road this weekend.
This eyecatching vehicle, which will pick-up its first passengers on Saturday, is emblazoned with a fantastic design which tells the world that this year Lincoln is celebrating the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta.
Its forerunner has already proved a winner with visitors and locals, but the all-new Tour Lincoln experience is poised to welcome hundreds more passengers this year - especially when it switches to a seven-days-a-week operation, during the four-month period – June to September. (It operates at weekends and on public holidays in April, May and October).
The unmissable attraction is being launched for the 2015 season, after operator Stagecoach invested in the new vehicle and worked closely with Lincoln BIG and the Visit Lincoln Partnership on its livery design.
The enhanced service aims to encourage more long-term tourists, day visitors (and locals) to discover Lincoln’s incredible story by hopping on Tour Lincoln, where they will be treated to an informative, and fun commentary, charting the city’s incredible story.
This year, with a wealth of activities and attractions planned in the run-up to the Lincoln Great Magna Carta Weekend (June 13 and 14 – although the actual Charter was sealed on June 15 1215), this journey of discovery will be even more memorable.
And the great news is that tickets to ride have been kept at 2014 prices! Individuals and families can get on board outside Lincoln Cathedral, between 10.30am and 3.30pm daily.
Adult tickets cost £10 (the first two accompanied children under-16 go free!), further child tickets cost £4 and Students pay £8.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Tour Lincoln has proved to be very popular with visitors. Lincoln BIG and Stagecoach are in their fourth year of operating the service and we are pleased to see that it is going from strength-to-strength.
“We are particularly delighted to have been able to increase the Tour Lincoln service, so that more people than ever can enjoy the tour in what is a significant year for the city.”
Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager Emma Tatlow said: “Tour Lincoln is a great experience for visitors. We want to ensure people coming to see Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral also explore the rest of the city.
“The sightseeing bus offers an easy and relaxing way to do that. It gives people an overview of the city, with a live commentary on tour telling the story of Lincoln and its rich history.
“This service is not only attractive to visitors it is part of our overall offer for tourists. The visitor economy is an important player within the local economy and brings all kinds of benefits to businesses. Experiences such as Tour Lincoln really help to grow this vital sector,” added Emma.
Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director Michelle Hargreaves said: “We are delighted to be working with Lincoln BIG to deliver the Tour Lincoln open top Summer service once again this year.
“This is an important year for the city, with many exciting events taking place, and the tour bus offers visitors an excellent way of reaching all of Lincoln’s attractions.”
People wishing to buy tickets for Tour Lincoln can do so online or in person. All they need to do is click on the weblink: www.visitlincoln.com/tour or pop along to the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill.