15 November 2011
Last updated at 09:40
Steep Hill in Lincoln has been named Britain's Best Place by the Academy of Urbanism.
Dating back to the Roman occupation of Britain, Steep Hill has a one in seven gradient which connects the cathedral and castle to the high street shopping area of Lincoln.
There is a sign outside Browns Pie Shop near the top of Steep Hill which tells of Lawrence of Arabia lodging there while serving at RAF Cranwell.
More recently, famous visitors to Steep Hill have included Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as the cast of The Da Vinci Code, who filmed at the city's cathedral and were seen eating in one of the restaurants.
The hill, which features two Norman-built houses, also offers views across the city
Ben Poole, who owns Imperial Teas and Coffee - which is trading in Norman House - said the award was a great achievement: "Obviously the hill itself is magnificent, and on the way you find all of these 21st Century shops trading here. The restaurants and shops around here are really keeping this street alive and that's what the urbanism award is about."
One of the steepest stretches of the hill. The Romans built the route to allow trade access to the growing colony from the River Witham and Brayford Pool.
When walking up Steep Hill from the high street shopping area, Lincoln Cathedral can be seen above.
Dating from the mid-12th Century, Jews House, near the bottom of Steep Hill, is famous as one of the oldest town houses still occupied in Europe, according to the City of Lincoln Council website.