Lincoln Cathedral
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles' - John Ruskin Lincoln Cathedral was for almost 300 years the tallest building in the world. Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail. Remigius, the Bishop who built the earliest part of the Cathedral in the Norman style, came over with William the Conqueror. Later, in Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls, roofs elaborated by the finest carving. From the time of the death of the saintly Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon who so lovingly restored the Cathedral after an earthquake in the 12th century, thousands of people have come on pilgrimage to this place of pilgrimage, holiness and prayer. In 1215 another Hugh Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, was present at Runnymede along with Lincolnshire's Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton. When King John agreed to the barons' demands, copies of Magna Carta were made and distributed to sheriffs and cathedrals throughout England. Lincoln Cathedral's Magna Carta is one of only four from the original distribution still in existence. It is the only one to bear the name of its city.
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Mary D
Stowmarket, UK5 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited Lincoln Cathedral because the scaffolding erected in 1986 had finally come down. We joined the floor tour which was so informative and informal.
The highlight of the day however was the Outdoor Tour with Les Parker as our guide. The knowledge and expertise of Les was phenomenal.
His enthusiasm for the building 's history both past and present was impressive. The tour was very comprehensive but informal, with Les willing and able to answer a range of questions with ease. He had photographs and other visual aids to ensure you could see all the hidden gems!Who would have guessed that theres an image of the Cathedral Plumber way up high .
I cannot recommend this tour too highly, we were engrossed from start to finish, very reasonably priced and professionally delivered.
Written August 3, 2022
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Weary Traveller
Cullompton, UK22 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Magnificent!!

Situated at the top of Steep Hill with a dominating presence over the City its one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and a fine example of Gothic architecture although the West Front is Norman and the only remaining part of the original building first constructed in the 11th Century.

There is an entrance fee which in my opinion is worth it and includes a guided ground tour,which is an hour long and currently number restricted but that may change. Definitely worth doing as the guide was knowledgeable and will point out things you would ordinarily miss if wandering around on your own.

There are other chargeable tours available for the roof and tower but these are bookable online in advance and spaces sell out quickly so don't turn up on the day and expect to join one.

The cathedral has a very fascinating history and has seen a lot in its many years including earthquakes and war. Take a moment to appreciate the stained glass windows and look out for the famous Lincoln Imp, also take a look at the stone work around the cathedral walls there's some unique masonry carvings and lots of dragons.

They have a chapel dedicated to the Lincolnshire armed services which is very poignant even if you're not from the area.

Make sure you stop in the refectory for refreshments, there is a good choice of products very reasonably priced and friendly staff, there is also a shop for gifts etc.

We spent around 3 hours here which included a stop in the refectory but if you join the tours you could easily stay 4+ hours.
Written July 7, 2021
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,004 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited the city of Lincoln and its cathedral whilst on route to North Yorkshire in a planned break to our journey. We had an afternoon to explore the city and arriving by car, had used the park & ride system to reach the Cathedral area.
The 14th century cathedral is large, we were told the fourth largest in the United Kingdom and sits on top of the highest part of Lincoln making it visible for miles around. We had intended to visit the building but, on the day, it was being prepared for a ceremony involving the presentation of university graduation diplomas that weekend and so the interior was being fitted with large TV screens, speakers and other paraphernalia. This coupled with the entrance fee of £9 each and the limited amount of time we had available made a visit an unattractive proposition. However, it was possible to enter the building and light a candle which is our custom when visiting religious houses, and we satisfied ourselves with this in return for a donation.
Written October 3, 2022
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Russell C
7 contributions
Jun 2022
Beware, entry into the Cathedral is £9.00 per person. We wanted to do the Tower Tours but weren't told that this isn't included in the entry price and only runs by appointment, so we spent £18.00 to wander around a large, albeit impressive, building.
You can stand in the entrance and see a lot of the Cathedral without having to pay anything.
Felt like we'd been mugged.
Written June 30, 2022
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T R
Skegness, UK16 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We queued in the rain for 30 minutes,once we got inside there was at least another 40 minute queue. No signage to say how long people would be waiting and no staff to ask. We didn't have time to wait due to a later engagement and our visit inside would be rushed also no price guide outside,£9 per person is a bit too much. Wait time signage and more staff are needed.
Written February 14, 2022
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Billywow
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Scaffolding everywhere. That much can’t be helped, but £9 to GET IN the place is an absolute no. Completely preying on people’s innate ‘We’ve come this far’ attitude; they’ve walked up that miserable cobblestone slope, so they may as well pay the £9 to get into the sodding cathedral.
Written January 15, 2022
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MattAndLol
Bradford, UK399 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
34 years ago I was a trainee teaching student at Bishop Grosseteste college in Lincoln for 4 years & the cathedral was like a familiar old friend, we walked past it all the time & took groups of children in there to work, it was a resource for us. I have only been back to Lincoln once in that time, to the Christmas Market when our son was a baby which was far too busy to look round so I thought it was about time I showed my 19 year old son & husband Lincoln properly. We all absolutely loved Lincoln & thought the cathedral was stunning. When I was a student the front of the cathedral always seemed to be covered in scaffolding but now you can appreciate it in all it's glory. The weather was lovely & sunny on Saturday 3rd Sept & we walked all round the outside of the cathedral, my husband & son thought it was more impressive than York minster ! We went inside just to the "free" section of the cathedral, you can see all the main area with the pillars, stained glass windows & ornate ceiling from there, we put a donation in to light a candle in the little chapel on the left in memory of my Mum who passed away recently. We had a lot of other places in Lincoln to see in 1 day so we didn't pay £9 each to go in including the tour, we didn't have enough time but we felt we'd seen the beauty of it from outside anyway. The cathedral is stunning & visible from all over Lincoln & we were glad to see it.( Tip ; we had parked right down in the St Marks area, past the level crossing & we didn't want to walk up Steep Hill so we got a walk & ride bus from outside "The Works" near the Stonebow to the cathedral, PC coaches costing £2.20 each, you can visit the cathedral & castle areas then just walk down The Steep to the shopping centre, Brayford Pool etc. saving your legs & breath ; I am 34 years older than my student days !!!)
Written September 7, 2022
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EvelynEngland
United Kingdom276 contributions
Jun 2021
Fascinating visit. Organisation is very poor. The website said the cathedral was closed except for worship. Elsewhere I found it was open for limited tours. I tried ringing them on a few occasions before my trip with no reply. On the first morning I asked about tours but the lady was not sure. We returned later for our pre-booked roof tour and asked again about floor tours. You cannot pre book floor tours and they are limited to 6 people so whether you can join a tour is hit and miss. I was lucky and got the one remaining space on a tour about to start while my husband did the roof tour - I was not sufficiently fit for that one. Both tours were excellent and highly recommended. We shall return for the tower tour when they restart. Floor tour is free but you have to pay £8 (£5 in early June) for admission and then roof space or tower tour fees are above. Payable tours can be booked online.
Written June 8, 2021
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Nicole L
1 contribution
Apr 2022
We visited the cathedral on a Saturday and paid for the 'floor tour' it lasted about an hour and was really great. Our tour guide Ken was really knowledgeable but explained all the different interesting facts in an engaging and funny way. I suspect all the tour guides have a set of facts to deliver in each area but Ken definitely threw in his own jokes! We would highly recommend it and him.
Written May 3, 2022
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Niamh S
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Lincoln Cathedral was absolutely breathtaking - the architecture, the stained glass windows and all the perfect imperfections. It cost £9 each to visit the cathedral and in my opinion, it was a fitting charge to see all the cathedral offered.
We also opted to take part in the tour which is included in the ticket and our tour guide, Kenneth, was exceptional. He compacted hundreds of years of information in the tour and keep it entertaining, funny and extremely interesting.
I highly recommend seeing the cathedral - it was definitely a highlight of my trip!
Written April 20, 2022
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