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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
Phone Number: +44 1522 561600
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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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Really impressive cathedral and would highly recommend the roof top tour - you do go up into the roof and outside on to the roof so be warned if you are bothered by heights.

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really impressive cathedral and would highly recommend the roof top tour - you do go up into the roof and outside on to the roof so be warned if you are bothered by heights.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's really good historical walk. Used to hate as school kid on a trip. But now grown I can appreciate it more. Look for the imp

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever I visit a cathedral I'm overcome by the sheer skill and work that was done centuries ago in such buildings. For me the outstanding features of Lincoln cathedral was undoubtedly the stained glass windows-- stunning,no other words can describe them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic Cathedral, always looks great when ever I visit Lincoln. You can explore inside and outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

visited during the Christmas market so it was very busy. but it was well worth a visit. It is huge and beautiful. Stlopped for coffee in the refectory and got a bit of history from one of the volunteers. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited during Christmas market weekend, and although the Cathedral buildings were buzzing with people, it was still welcome relief from the crush outside. If you can handle the climb (and descent) the tower tour is a must; the guides are great (if occasionally a little cheesy) and the views from the top are breathtaking.

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Thank Sarah S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Glad to see the front restored without scaffolding. If you only have an hour to spare with your visitors then you should spend it here. get children to find the Lincoln IPM, then have a coffee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For such a vast building - once the tallest man made building in the world (higher than the Great Pyramid) - Lincoln Cathedral has a lightness and delicacy which are a magic tribute to the stonemason's art. It is a lovely building, majestic yet friendly, stately yet with endearing features such as the much hidden Lincoln Imp.We spent hours exploring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cathedral is more beautiful than I can explain. The feeling you get standing in front of such an iconic building is tremendous. Inside the attention to detail is breath taking. If you like visiting these sort of buildings and haven't been yet, go, you won't be disappointed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing cathedral inside and outside. The beauty of the stonework and stained glass windows is breathtaking, and it is well looked after and preserved without being unsympathetically renovated. The cloisters and croft are also worth a visit.

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