Built over a period of 200 years, starting in the 13th century, the cathedral remains the largest all-brick building on the Planet. A statement of power - a symbol of the intention of the Catholic Church to crush the merest hint of heresy, following their eradication of the gentle Cathars - it really does look like a fortress. Yet inside there is a great deal of stunning and intricate architecture (the rood screen, for example) ; and all in all it is an impressive - some would say awe-inspiring - edifice.
I would allow at least a half-hour to appreciate it all. A (secular!) bonus for the hot and footsore is that it is always chilly in there ; and there is of course plenty of seating......
If you need wheelchair access, don't be daunted by all those steps. With the cathedral to your right, go past the main entrance, and carry on round to the other side of the building. There is an accessible entrance there.
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