VIDEO: First journey on Lincoln's open-top bus tour
Lincoln's new open-top bus tour got its first paying customer this morning on its maiden voyage around the city's sights.
The ticket price of £10 has been scrutinised by locals but the first paying customer, Ryan Tyrrell from Lincoln felt it was worth every penny.
Tyrrell said: "Very good tour, good value for money, plenty of stops to look at places and the guide was very informative."
"My favourite sight was from Carline Road, out over all of Lincoln and I enjoyed finding out some interesting facts about the city."
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The tour offers a mix of modern and ancient history with some quirky facts such as how Lincoln got its name, how Winston Churchil's visit ended in disaster and how the city is actually built on a cliff not a hill.
Some modern history touches on how the building which is now Prezzo, Nandos and Ultimate Burger on the Brayford waterfront is a grade 2 listed building despite being built in the 50s.
Brian Taylor, a retired detective chief inspector from Lincolnshire Police and a guide on the previous tour bus from 2000 until it stopped running in 2004 has returned to take the lead once again.
Mr Taylor is the co-ordinator of the Lincoln Guild of Tour Guides and knows every sight in the city even pointing out Lincoln's hyperbolic paraboloid.
Mr Taylor said: "Most walking tours are condensed into the Cathedral area but the bus tour opens up the city and gives fresh views of Lincoln that you can't get anywhere else."
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Starting and finishing at the Cathedral the full tour took just under an hour, travelling around the Roman remains in uphill Lincoln, down Yarborough Road to Brayford Pool, around the University of Lincoln and back up Lindum Road.
The route is designed not only to take in sights but also to allow tourists and local customers to hop-on and hop-off the bus at 12 convenient stops such as the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Brayford waterfront, St Marks shopping centre and the train station.
Visit Lincoln, Lincoln Business Improvement Group and bus company Stagecoach have joined forces on the project to bring back the once popular tourist attraction.
Passengers on the bus also get the advantage of discounts around the city included in their £10 ticket with savings on food and drink, other attractions and also gifts and souvenirs.