Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
'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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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David M
Canterbury, UK653 contributions
A great Cathedral well worth a visit
Nov 2021
A truly remarkable Cathedral - one of the best Cathedrals in the UK. I have visited the Cathedrals in Durham, Worcester, St Pauls London and I found this one to be one of the best. Everywhere there was beautiful carved stonework and the sheer size was awesome. I saw plaques to George Boole the English Mathematician who invented Boolean Algebra and a very sad ignominious item about Legend of Little Hugh where an awful rumour was spread (1255) about a missing boy and 90 jews were later murdered. We also found the Imp of Lincoln Cathedral which is on the football shorts of Lincoln Football club! Fascinating History to enjoy!
Written 21 November 2021
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Rob E
Nottingham, UK11 contributions
Stunningly wonderful choral evensong
Nov 2021
I popped in for choral evensong. By chance it was the feast of St Hugh so there were loads of clergy and incense. Wonderful organ and choir, with Howells (St John) canticles and Bairstow "Blessed City" as the anthem. Fine prayers too.
Written 21 November 2021
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Sue B
Dereham, UK37 contributions
Beautiful and interesting
Nov 2021
We'd not ben to Lincoln before and had been recommended to visit the cathedral. The entrance charge includes a floor tour which conveinetly started just after we arrived. The guide was informative and made it interesting with annecdotes and enough history to hold your interest without it starting to feel like it was a history lecture. About an hour long and the time went quickly. We got far more from our visit than we would if we had just wandered on our own. The cafe is quite new/been upgraded apparently and was very good, fast service and good food. Would recommend for a visit.
Written 19 November 2021
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empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands374 contributions
Lovely but expensive
Nov 2021
I thought churches were public places? So why a 9 GBP entrance fee? It might include a guided tour, but I'd rather just have a slow wander round on my own. I expect (though begrudge) it for places such as St Pauls, but here? Anyway, it is a very handsome cathedral and the surrounding streets are very picturesque.
Written 16 November 2021
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,703 contributions
Stunning Architecture
Nov 2021 • Couples
A true gem amongst English Cathedrals

Fantastic architecture

A spiritual space which balances tourism against being a religious space
Written 15 November 2021
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Tim D
Staffordshire, UK311 contributions
Well worth a visit
Nov 2021
Well worth a visit. We paid £9 each and got a guided tour. Tour guide was excellent and explained about the history etc.
Written 13 November 2021
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK17,521 contributions
Awe Inspiring
Nov 2021
We didn’t go into the Cathedral, but it is a beautiful building with wonderful architecture. It really dominates the city and is quite awe inspiring.
Written 10 November 2021
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SW20591
Dorset, UK22 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2021
Did roof tour with very knowledgeable and informative lady guide. Took almost two hours in total. Passages and staircases quite small and cramped, flat shoes a must.
Written 8 November 2021
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Paul and cerys
1 contribution
Fantastic and funny
Nov 2021 • Couples
Living in lincoln I have visited the cathedral many times, however on this occasion I went with my partner and we decided to go on a floor tour with Ken, we found out alot more than we knew already and he was very funny and engaging with the 4 people on the tour, thank you very much 😊
Written 4 November 2021
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70ish
Worcester, UK2,166 contributions
Stunning Cathedral
Oct 2021 • Friends
We visited as a group on a coach trip we should have had a guided tour but because of covid there were not enough guides so we selfguided which was fine. This church has stunning architecture and is absolutely beautiful and tranquil the magna Carta is a must see as is the Lincoln Imp and for 20p he can be lit for your photograph
Written 4 November 2021
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Lincoln Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM