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Review of Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: '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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Its impressive from a distance, close up and I like the large interior which is uncluttered. Lincoln has played a more important part in English history than I would have thought and the Cathedral has the central role.
We attended evensong (beautiful) and the following day one of us had a "floor tour" and the other the "roof tour". Both were fascinating with the roof tour covering a lot of the construction principles and renovation, visiting a couple of parapets and the roof void above the ceiling. The floor tour dealt more with the religious history and the windows.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

We usually baulk at the idea of paying to visit cathedrals but in this case I'm glad we made an exception. For those who don't wish to pay, you can get a sense of the great beauty and space that is Lincoln cathedral for free as there is a large area and small chapel before reaching the payment desk. At £6 though, I'd recommend paying to enjoy the splendour of the building. Stunning stained glass windows, a beautifully intricately carved stone choir screen and the lovely forces chapels, dedicated to each branch of the armed forces. The refectory did a lovely, good value light lunches and the whole experience was welcoming and peaceful. Having recently visited the much vaunted Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, I'd have to say there is no comparison. Lincoln cathedral knocks spots off it in terms of scale, beauty and atmosphere. A great experience.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Lovely place and taking the guided tour was very informative, as the guide clearly was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Lincoln has a wonderful collection of misericords, the carvings are fascinating, from the usual demons and dragons to a frog committing suicide by stabbing himself with a sword! You could spend many days in this cathedral and still not see even half of what it has. Don't forget to look for the imp

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is quite simply an amazing architecural gem and although I have something of an objection to paying an entry fee for places of worship, this is probably worth a charge as a contribution to preserving such a unique building. If you do not want to do the full tour, it is quite possible to go in and just admire the vaulted ceiling and stained glass...

Thank Touchwood
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