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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
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+44 1522 561600
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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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Taking the guided tour first is a good idea. Make sure you look for the Imp. Leave at least two hours to wander and gaze and learn about the many historical features.

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Rosemont, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Taking the guided tour first is a good idea. Make sure you look for the Imp. Leave at least two hours to wander and gaze and learn about the many historical features.

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Another beautiful visit. Stayed for evensong. I love this place. Architecturally stunning, always very welcoming and always something to be learnt. Cant wait to do a tour of the Towers.

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

This is a must do when you visit Lincoln. We had a good look around first and then did the guided floor tour, which was free and well worth it. We had lunch in the cafe too, which was good value. We bought a joint ticket for the Cathedral and the Castle, which gave a discount. We were there about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an amazing place. For 250 years, it was the world's tallest building! It is obviously huge, but as well as that the detail of the building's design is truly awe-inspiring.

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

Lincoln Cathedral is free to visit on a Sunday with the whole of the Cathedral being available to the public between 13:00 - 16:00.

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Went on a Sunday morning, so only could walk around part of the Cathedral as was in use for service. But because of this it was free entry otherwise it is £8 each to get in.

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

I went into Lincoln Cathedral and it was very interesting with something for all; shop, history, cafe, nice architecture and splendour. You can also attend services and other events held here with more information on the cathedral website. Well worth a visit

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We stayed in Lincoln for 1 night with our cousins. We visited the cathedral as it is a must-see. We were given a tour which I found informative as I am interested in history. However our guide didn't provide much interest for children. Also there was lots of repair work going on which was loud at times but it didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a magnificent building. We were visiting with friends. You could spend all day looking at the architecture. There is usually something being displayed in the vast interior that is of local interest. The gift shop sells guides, you can get tours of the cathedral. Highly recommended. You can also light a candle in remembrance of loved ones if you're... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great visit if you're in the area however it can be a bit drafty so I would wrap up a bit if you plan on visiting

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