Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
7:30 AM - 5:00 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
About
'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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Emma MF
11 contributions
Beautiful!
Apr 2021
Beautiful cathedral, definitely worth a visit and spending some time wandering around. We visited during Covid times so it was only open for private prayer, so we lit some candles and weren't able to stay long but it looks like there's so much to read and see, and a lovely gift shop too. We visited the day after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, and were very touched to see a memorial for him in the cathedral.

Surrounding grounds also beautiful. Do take a good walk around if you have time.
Written May 1, 2021
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Jade
18 contributions
Absolutely Stunning
Sep 2020 • Friends
This cathedral is stunning both inside and out. We were given a tour around the cathedral which was very informative and ensured we saw the whole cathedral (they made sure to show up the Lincoln Imp too!) After the tour, we could explore the cathedral at our leisure which allowed up to go back and see the cathedral again at our own pace. The whole place was simply beautiful.
Written April 29, 2021
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boxersaregreat
Sutton in Ashfield, UK529 contributions
Beautiful
Apr 2021 • Couples
Stopped in Lincoln for a few hours on our way elsewhere. Did the walk up steep hill to the cathedral. Very peaceful. We were all in awe of the amazing structure. A must see if in Lincoln.
Written April 25, 2021
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Zara G
Lincoln, UK19 contributions
Large and brilliant
Aug 2020 • Family
I love history, so this was a brilliant time for me but it was also interesting to my childern which made the day all more special.
Written April 15, 2021
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Jammaster1979
York, UK6 contributions
Stunning architecture
Jul 2020 • Friends
Our visits to my brother in law in Lincoln always involve a trip to Lincoln Cathedral! I appreciate the beauty of the building, especially as my husband is an architect. We will brave a visit rain or shine - although we definitely prefer the latter! The annual Christmas market has a wonderful hustle and bustle, which we missed last year - hopefully it can return in 2021 as it always delivers the Christmas spirit. We look forward to visiting Mark again soon!
Written April 13, 2021
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Louis
Moulton, UK56 contributions
Beautiful area
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited for a day out. Didn’t venture inside but the outside is spectacular. Its situated on a hill so the views from the top are great. Make sure to visit on a sunny day. Was a bit cautious as we visited on a Saturday during covid so the streets of Lincoln city centre were heaving but would visit again once things have eased. Opposite the cathedral there is Lincoln castle which i think you have to pay for entry but don’t know as we didn’t go in due to this reason. Lincoln is still great for a free day out and the car parks are relatively close. The path to the cathedral is narrow, cobbled at times and very steep!
Written January 23, 2021
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Thomas W
Lincoln, UK17 contributions
Best Cathedral in the UK? Probably.
Nov 2020
Breathtaking. I walk past this building every day after work and never cease to be awestruck. I'ts even better now it has new lighting.
Written November 21, 2020
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Connector584202
1 contribution
Fantastic hour Spent with Ken
Oct 2020 • Family
Had a fantastic tour with Ken Moore. He was really interesting and the little funny puns kept my 14 year very amused. Would highly recommend him. Thanks for a great afternoon
Written October 31, 2020
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Harry J
2 contributions
Ken the Magnificent
Oct 2020 • Family
Ken Moore was not a bore. Brilliant tour guide, very engaging, great facts.

The cathedral is a beautiful building full of amazing history.
Written October 31, 2020
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Steve P
Codsall, UK3 contributions
Great afternoon
Oct 2020 • Family
Great afternoon out at Lincoln Castle; kids really enjoyed it and staff very friendly and helpful
Lots of films inside the prison to watch to extend the visit and the Magna Carta film also interesting
Written October 30, 2020
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