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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
Phone Number: 441522561600
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7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the...

'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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Amazing Cathedral - Photographers Take A Fisheye

Really beautiful cathedral and photographer friendly. Spent half a day there but think you need a whole day to really appreciate it. The stained glass windows are plentiful and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really beautiful cathedral and photographer friendly. Spent half a day there but think you need a whole day to really appreciate it. The stained glass windows are plentiful and a joy to look at. Only downside is the roof is only accessible by tour which costs extra.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I confess that I am a real fan of Lincoln Cathedral and go there at every opportunity. I discover something new each visit, be it a stained glass window I've never noticed before or a new sculpture. This time I spotted some grotesques on the exterior, well carved and worth a photo. Look out for the airman near them!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lincoln Cathedral is very pretty. It's the whole cathedral quarter that really make it worth a visit however. Lot's of nice restaurants, especially tapas for some reason, and good shops and tea shops too. I think both York and Durham Cathedrals are better though.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Again, one of those places I have been meaning to visit for years but only just got around to it. What a stunning building. I cannot believe anyone could not be impressed by it. Fantastic job done of keeping it maintained. The library has some amazing stuff. This should be on everyone's "bucket list".

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is truely one of those must places to see. Considering it was built over a thousand years ago and was the tallest building for almost 200 years is enhanced by the shear magnificience of this biulding.

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

use the tour guides if you visit they are great and you wont look for the things they tell you about as you would not no they are there.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can see the cathedral for miles away. I remember when I was truck driving if I went passed Lincoln looking out for it, unfortunately its not easy to get an artic in close to it. however we went to stay in Lincoln last year (2015) and went to see the castle and the cathedral. now I am not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a first visit to Lincoln and we were most impressed - the old area of the city is well signposted and car parking plentiful, if a little expensive. The Cathedral is in a remarkable state of repair and staff welcoming on arrival.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

John Ruskin in the 19th Century described Lincoln Cathedral as worth 2 of any other English Cathedrals. It's position on the highest point of the Limestone Cliff is imposing and majestic and can be seen from any vantage point of the City itself. It has magnificent architecture from the original Norman Front to the early English interior with a beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful Cathedral. A must if you are visiting Lincolnshire. Typical of all Cathedrals in the country with a few hidden secrets and treasures. Look out for the Lincoln imp.... Friendly staff, suitable for all.

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