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Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace

Minister Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU, England
+44 1522 527468
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A must see when visiting Lincoln

A wonderful part of the historic pleasantries of Lincoln, much to be admired and it is easy to soak... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
P44cka
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North Luffenham, United Kingdom
Great visit and shout out to Joe manning the desk

Went to the Bishops Palace on Saturday. We were advised it was free entry because of ongoing works... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Joe W
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Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops’ palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. The administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, stretching from the Humber to the Thames, its architecture reflected enormous power and wealth. Explore the site as part of a day out in Lincoln. Guided by our audio tour, see the undercrofted East Hall and also the chapel range and entrance tower built by Bishop William Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s. Relax and enjoy the unique contemporary Heritage Garden, a haven of peace and tranquility.
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Minister Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful part of the historic pleasantries of Lincoln, much to be admired and it is easy to soak in the history, whether good or bad.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Went to the Bishops Palace on Saturday. We were advised it was free entry because of ongoing works. Despite this, Joe the English Heritage advisor walked us around the site and offered great insight into the history of the location and told us a lot...More

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Adam R, Manager at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

HI Joe, thanks for the review. I'm glad you had a great visit despite the ongoing works. You'll have to come back when they're all completed! Best Wishes, Adam

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Lovely views and the vineyards were lovely .. I had not realised the British climate could produce such good wine !

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Reviewed June 7, 2018

According to their website some areas are closed but others still open for an enjoyable visit, however when we went yesterday everything was closed, no people to ask for information and all doors closed or locked, we double checked times so it should have been...More

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Adam R, Manager at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Hi Jen, thanks for taking the time to leave this review. I'm sorry that the site was closed when you arrived. As a result of the restricted access, we have been taking last admission to the site later than usual, at around 17:45 rather than...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

We visited on the off chance and found most of it closed due to health and safety concerns. Nevertheless what we did manage to see has inspired us to go again when it is all open. Very knowledgeable staff at the entrance as well.

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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Went today with my wife, upon arriving we purchased our tickets and went inside after reading some fantastic reviews I started to wonder if they had visited the same place we did... as we was in and out in 10 mins, most places blocked off...More

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Adam R, Manager at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Hi scott05011, thanks for taking the time to review the Medieval Bishops' Palace. I'm sorry you felt it was a disappointing visit due to the closed areas. Unfortunately, 800 year old ruins do sometimes need to have areas closed off for conservation work for everyone's...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

I thought this might be a really interesting building however I was a biy disappointed as there was not much to see and we were in and out of the building very quickly.More

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Adam R, Manager at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Hi Ivan C, thanks for taking the time to review the Medieval Bishops' Palace. I'm sorry you felt it was a disappointing visit. Our guidebook and audio guide are the best companion to your visit, and will allow you to really get a feel for...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

These ruins are well preserved enough to give you an idea of the grandeur of the original. The bishops lived well! I particularly enjoyed the two-tier great hall: posh people above and how poloi below. The gardens were also interesting and imaginative.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Excellently put together and well worth grabbing the audio tour as it enhances the visit greatly. Unfortunately some areas are currently closed off whilst repairs take place but, with the audio tour, this hardly detracts from the experience.

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Adam R, Manager at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Hi Anthony, many thanks for your great review! We really appreciate the time you've taken to review us, and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Adam

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

English heritage site, friend was a member so went in for free. We could see why it was positioned where it was & it was interesting to walk around however we felt that perhaps it could have been better signposted. The west & east halls...More

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