Getting here

The Asylum Steampunk Festival takes place in the historic City of Lincoln.

For downloadable PDF maps and guides of Lincoln including Bus Routes, Cycle Routes, Car Parks, Park & Ride and a Train Map visit the Visit Lincoln website.


By Road

From the North
Via the A15 (Hull) or the A46 (Grimsby)

From the South
Via the A46 (Leicester, Nottingham, Newark) or the A1 and A15 (London, East Anglia)

From the East
Via the A158 (Skegness)

From the West
Via the A1 and A57 (Leeds, Worksop, Sheffield)

Lincoln Car Parks

Lincoln BIG have a very useful parking app: Lincoln Park that shows you the location of the car parks in Loncoln and their current capacity. It is available for iOS (iPhone App Store) and on the Google Play app store.

Be aware that car parks fill up quickly during the Festival, and the roads around Castle Square become filled with pedestrians.

Consider using the Park & Ride service (see below), or walk from your accommodation if possible.

Parking at Bishop Grosseteste University is available to people who are resident over the weekend and to people who have pre-booked a four day parking space. Vehicles will be issued a window sticker to show this and avoid any embarrassment.

We are hoping to have a limited amount of parking available on a daily basis. This cannot be pre-booked. Sorry. Payment will be cash only and you must display your receipt.


Park & Ride

Park n Ride routeLincoln Park & Ride runs from Waitrose on Searby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4DS.

There are designated Park & Ride parking spaces near the bus stop. When these are full, please use the next available spaces closest to those designated.

Parking at Waitrose is free. Return tickets are available on the bus are at a cost of:

Adults: £2.50
Accompanied children: free
Concessionary bus pass holders: free (after 9:30am on weekdays)
Stagecoach Bus passes, including the Lincoln BIG commuter bus pass, are valid.

You don’t have to Park to benefit from this service.

Stops in Lincoln are at:

Nettleham Road: the inbound stop is adjacent to KFC opposite the Waitrose car park
Northgate: next to Lincoln Cathedral for the Cathedral Quarter
Broadgate: for the Cornhill Quarter, High St and the Waterside Shopping Centre
Lincoln Bus Station: for the High Street and the St Marks Shopping Centre


By Train

Lincoln Central railway station is located in the south of the city centre within easy walking distance of Lincoln High Street, the main shopping areas and the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Lincoln by Train

Direct connections are provided by East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast and Northern Rail which operate daily services to Peterborough, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Doncaster and London.

We would advise you to plan your trip in advance with an online route planner or by phone with TrainTracker 0871 200 49.

More information on the train station and its services can be found here.

You can find the station at:

Lincoln Railway Station
St Mary’s Street
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN5 7EW

The train station is fully accessible for wheelchairs.


Asylum Shuttle Bus

We have a special Asylum Steampunk Festival vintage bus service provided by the Road Transport Museum.

The bus runs between the Venue on the Steampunk Campus and Lincoln Cathedral.

This service is free to Wristband holders.


By Bus

Our local and regional buses provide a good method of transport to get to Lincoln or to move around the city. There are good bus connections throughout Lincolnshire and Lincoln.

Lincoln by Bus

Lincoln Bus Station

You can find the central bus station just outside the city centre on Meville Street:

Meville Street
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN5 7HW

For all timetable and route information please visit the Lincolnshire County Council website or call in to the Travel Shop at the bus station.

Local operators include Stagecoach and PC Coaches.


Lincoln by Bus

Walk & Ride Steep Hill Shuttle

The Lincoln Walk & Ride Steep Hill Shuttle is a useful local bus service which operates to link the Cathedral Quarter with the High Street, Cultural and Brayford Waterfront Quarters stopping at most key points across the city. Walk & Ride tickets can be purchased on the bus.


By Air

East Midlands Airport
Nottingham train station is just a short bus journey from East Midlands Airport. Passengers travelling to Nottingham railway station can connect onto the Nottingham Skylink bus. This is a cost of £5.

There is a direct train From Nottingham to Lincoln costing around £7.50. Please see the National Rail website for details.

Alternatively book via the East Midlands official website.

Humberside Airport
Humberside is the closest airport to Lincoln. Most flights arrive via connections from international hubs throughout Europe but mainly from Amsterdam. You will need to check with your travel agent or the airport website to find out costs and if there are any direct flights from your home country.

Travel links are very limited from Humberside Airport and the easiest way is to take a taxi. This will take approximately 40 minutes, costing around £40.

Airport Taxis 01652 688 132

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