Escape Lincoln Welcomed Into Historic Building

Escape Lincoln has opened its doors to the public at Lincoln College on Monks Road, in one of Lincoln’s many historical buildings.

The escape room experience started taking bookings on Friday and has introduced the rooms: Sherlock, The Magic Emporium and Contagion in Lincoln. The run up to Christmas has the rooms getting quickly booked up within a matter of days.

Session House, where it is hosted, has a long history behind it before becoming part of the college. It was first known as Lindum Road Magistrates Court and Police Station until 1973.

It was reopened in 1998 as part of a £2 million refurbishment as part of Lincoln College. It is listed as a Grade II building and dates back to the Victorian era, being built in 1844.

Photo: Bethany Lee

The courtrooms were still in operation until 1992, but it ceased being a prison in 1878 after complaints of the cruel treatment of prisoners, cramped rooms and inadequate conditions by officials.

The manager of Escape Lincoln, Georgie Owen said: “I think it’s so important that our rooms are held in such a historic setting.”

“It is a really good place to hold these rooms in here as it ties in with the themes of our escape rooms and it is held in a building that is rich with true stories. I think it will encourage more people to visit due to the authenticity of the place”

The game involves teams of two to six people solving puzzles and challenges in order to escape a locked room and participants can choose what room they experience in the hourly session. Fees are £20 for Adults and £15 for under 16s. It runs 10am to 10pm and is open seven days a week.  

The initial escape rooms were opened at the end of October and are based on the High Street, following the success of the Peterborough rooms and continues to expand across the UK.