Built by the Romans in the 3rd c., Newport Arch is the oldest arch in Britain still used by traffic. It was remodelled and enlarged when Lincoln became capital of the province in the 4th c. under the Romans. The arch stands next to one of the remaining sections of the old Roman city wall and is a fascinating reminder of the region's history. This section of the north gate is the most famous of the Roman remains in Lincoln and the best preserved, especially considering that in 1964 a lorry got stuck when passing underneath. The arch marks the boundary of the old Roman city, from which the major road Ermine Street ran northward in an almost straight line to York.
Newport Arch is located at the top of Bailgate, and is a short walk from the nearby Lincoln Cathedral. The area boasts an abundance of specialist art, craft and gift shops which offer unique locally made goods, as well as artisan foods and baked goods. Nearby are the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, home to one of only four remaining originals of the Magna Carta of 1215.
To find Newport Arch, follow signs for Lincoln Castle. Newport Arch can be found at the top of Bailgate, the main shopping street in Lincoln. Parking is available at nearby St Paul’s Lane or any of the three Westgate car parks in the city centre.
Newport Arch is just a short walk from Lincoln's Cathedral quarter and its many restaurants. If you're looking for places to eat near Newport Arch, take a look at Go dine's index of the best restaurants around Newport Arch. On our website you can browse menus, photos and reviews of restaurants close to Newport Arch and Lincoln city centre, and once you've made your choice you can book a table for free online through us. If you want to explore what the rest of Lincolnshire has to offer, our regional pages suggest the best restaurants in Grantham, Skegness and Scunthorpe.
Did you know other Roman arches still open to traffic can be found in Bulgaria and Turkey?