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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
Phone Number: +44 1522 561600
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07:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:30 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the...

'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.

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Cathedral visit + roof tour

Beautiful place, plenty to see, including the stained glass. Situated on top of a very steep hill, but well worth the climb.If you can do a roof tour - views over West and South... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place, plenty to see, including the stained glass. Situated on top of a very steep hill, but well worth the climb.If you can do a roof tour - views over West and South Lincoln, plus a view from high up the west end looking towards the East end

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautifully maintained and commanding a great position looking down on Lincoln. Well worth taking time to enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bought joint ticket for the Cathedral & Castle. Well worth the visit. Fantastic architecture which makes you wonder "how did they build this".

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit! Very accessible for all, stunning. Lovely vistor shop very well stocked. Overall very breath taking!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having vivited many cathedrals and minsters over the years we thought that Lincoln Cathedarl was one of the best. The complexity and deatil of the architecture combined with some really elaborate stain glass windows made it well wrth a visit. A walk around it and a avist to the cloisters and Tennysn Statue all added to the visit, An excellent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So we had driven up from the Cotswolds, so the Cathedral was locked by the time we arrived. Or if it was open to the public, it wasn't well signed. But walking around the outside one got to see how stunning the architecture was. We did this just on dusk and it was a kaleidoscope of colour as the Sun... More 

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing cathedral! Looks particularly good at night when all illuminated ☺. There was also a Christmas tree which you could see from the gateway which framed it beautifully.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cathedrals do not blow my mind as we have seen sooo many around the world but.....I was very surprised at this one....it is HUGE and really sweet. One of my top ten for sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Completely breath taking!! Christmas time as well. Extra special. Very moving experience . Totally worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The skyline of Lincoln especially is dominated and enhanced by the outline of this cathedral. Set in the cathedral close it is all that is expected of a medieval cathedral. There is an entry fee - unfortunately, it always seems so with places of worship. But if you go to attend a serviceor enter as a minister of religion, or... More 

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