Lincoln Guildhall

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Lincoln Guildhall
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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The Guildhall is the "official home" of the Mayor and occupies the whole of the second floor of the Stonebow. Access to this historic building is via the large double oak doors on the East Wing of the building on Saltergate and is of 15th and 16th century. On a visit you can walk through the Council Chamber, sit in the Mayor's chair and hear some of the tales of years gone by. The tour includes the old debtors prison which now houses some of the finest regalia in England beneath. Whilst in the Civic Insignia room, view the Royal Sword given to the City by Richard II, and the Mayor's Mace dated 1660, originally a defensive fighting weapon, but now carried before the Mayor on ceremonial occasions. See several chains of office, as well as the unique Mayor's posy ring which is only worn on two occasions: when being married to the City at the Annual Meeting and on the Mayor's "official" birthday a custom dating back to 1852. Read the many Royal Charters, the oldest granted by King Henry II (circa 1157) and the latest given in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II. Also, the Guildhall's impressive Council Chamber is still used today for Full Council meetings. The Guildhall allows you to step back in time and view it's unique and historic building, as well as many significant items on display.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Markyg58
Lincoln, UK44 contributions
Friends
I’ve walked past and underneath the Stonebow over the years. A friend and I decided to take this free tour and we were not disappointed!
We were warmly greeted at the door by our very friendly guide, Andrew. The tour lasted approximately an hour and a half. During that time Andrew showed us around and provided an excellent commentary on the building and the artefacts contained within it.
Well worth a visit and I would return to take family along!
Written March 9, 2022
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Clive B
Peterborough, UK11 contributions
Couples
It’s often said that you never get something for nothing.
Not true here. My wife and I stumbled across this free tour whilst on a day out in Lincoln.
We spent an interesting hour in guide Colin Hill’s pleasant and stimulating company (himself a member of the Mayor’s ceremonial staff), learning not just about this lovely old building but also much about the history of Lincoln.
Time very well spent and highly recommended to all.
Many thanks Colin.
Written July 12, 2022
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Alan H
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Couples
We experienced an official tour of this beautiful old building on Saturday 11 September. The interior and contents were brought to life by Andrew, who proved to be an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. Taking approx. one and a half hours, it is time very well spent if you have an interest in old buildings and the City’s history.
Written September 24, 2021
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Thanks for visiting the Guildhall and for your comments. We're pleased you enjoyed your tour with Andrew.
Written October 3, 2021
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Kerry S
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Solo
I was treated to a thoroughly absorbing and informative free 2hr historical tour of this building and its treasures by the very knowledgeable and personable officer/guide Andrew. This building right in the centre of the town, oozes the history of Lincoln and has beautiful artefacts to admire. Andrew's passion for the building and city clearly shone out throughout the whole experience. The historical charters were every bit as impressive as the Magna Carter on view at the Castle, but less well publicised. I was impressed and would heartily recommend anyone not to overlook this building. A definite must-see.
Written May 4, 2022
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Mark S
Bromley, United Kingdom2 contributions
It's amazing how much history is packed into such a small building. Our guide was engaging and interesting and his knowledge of the place and its stories was fantastic. He also pitched it perfectly for our family and our sons (who I thought might get bored) loved it too, even asking questions along the way. They also got to ring the hall's bell. All in all, the hour and a half flew by, and in many ways this was our favourite of the places we've visited in Lincoln.
Written August 11, 2021
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Thanks for reviewing your visit to the Guildhall, and for your kind comments. We're pleased you enjoyed your tour.
Written October 3, 2021
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Sara B
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Couples
I've lived in Lincoln for 20 years and always meant to go on one of the free tours of the Stonebow. This is a fascinating medieval building retaining many original features and displaying interesting civic artefacts, including Richard II's sword, Charles I's mace and a Henry II charter 50 years older than Magna Carta. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A highlight was being allowed to ring the 14th c motte bell - and it's all free!
Written March 5, 2022
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grahamc562019
Bungay, UK1 contribution
Couples
Heard about this tour in the visitor information, and so glad we did. Sadly there was only myself and my wife on the tour, but the tour guide was great he treated us to a full tour and talk about the history of Lincoln and the guildhall. Absolutely fascinating and the guide was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout the tour, made it feel so personal and real. We spent 2 hours there and the time just disappeared.
We would thoroughly recommend the tour to anyone interested in Lincoln and English history. Really worth checking this out.

Graham & Mary
Written March 1, 2022
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Christopher Simm
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Couples
This was an unexpected pleasure and cannot believe this place is not more commonly known. 2 hour free tour which simply incredible. The history, artifacts, charters in this building make it a worthy heritage site. The oldest municipal building in the country and the history is vast. The treasures it holds simply blew my tiny mind, well worth a visit. Our guide was Andrew a fantastic guide. Lived in Lincoln for 5 years and never noticed this place. Free tours allow a few hours ask questions and appreciate the history. I haven't added too many photos as not to spoil the experience for others.
Written May 21, 2022
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Sharon B
Cheshunt, UK51 contributions
Solo
This is a free to visit tour, check opening times. The tour of this fabulous building housing a host of antiques and treasures relating to the mayors of Lincoln past and present, along with the City charters is well worth a visit. Andrew the tour guide was not only entertaining but extremely knowledgeable. Allow 1.1/2 to 2 hours.
Written May 15, 2022
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TozieT
Stamford, UK65 contributions
Friends
An absolutely fascinating time learning about the history of the Guildhall site, from pre Roman to present day. A special thanks to Richard who made it all accessible and answered all our questions. The various swords and charters given and granted to the town over the centuries are awe inspiring and beautiful.
Written September 23, 2021
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Thanks for visiting the Guildhall and for taking the time to leave a review, very much appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 3, 2021
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Lincoln Guildhall is open:
  • Mon - Mon 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Mon - Mon 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Wed - Wed 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Fri - Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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