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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1522 561600
Today
07:30 - 17:00
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Hours:
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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As a Lincoln man I always marvel at this incredible building. Not as well known as some of the other cathedrals it sits majestically at the top of the hill and is a landmark by... read more

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a Lincoln man I always marvel at this incredible building. Not as well known as some of the other cathedrals it sits majestically at the top of the hill and is a landmark by day and night. The architecture and scale is quite breath taking and must be seen to be appreciated. Guided tours are available of The floor,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lincolnshire born and feeling this wonderful building has always been part of my life, I nevertheless never get tired of visiting, gazing with awe at the exterior or trying to spot it from various aspects of the city and surrounding countryside. Up on its hill the cathedral overlooks the city in every sense , a walk around its perimeter is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can't visit Lincoln and not go around the cathedral it's a truly amazing building.I had a friend visiting from the States so did the whole touristy thing walked up steep hill slow going if your not fit ,the Christmas market,castle and cathedral and had a fantastic time. Pubs and cafes provide good food and drink in the area.

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wooden ramp up stairs to front of building, inside all flat stone, most of cathedral accessible without issues.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cathedral is situated in a prominent position looking down onto the City of Lincoln. It is stunning by day but seems more imposing at night as it is illuminated. I walked up to the Castle via Steep Hill. Steep Hill it is called and Steep a Hill it is. No-one told me there is a but to the Cathedral!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a superb tour of this incredible building with a gentleman called Kenneth. His humour and superb manner with children lent a unique perspective to one of the most stunning buildings I have seen. A structure to rival anything in Rome or Prague, and all a stone's throw from the historic castle and the best afternoon tea you'll find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Living locally a visit to the Cathedral has always been on the to do list. Last weekend as a family mum dad grandad and 2 girls 5 and 9 visited. What an amazing building. We went on the Cathedral tour with Kenneth. This was fantastic and very much recommended. Ken managed to engage all our party even the children with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is beautiful, majestic and fascinating. It tells a compelling story of how the Magna Carta and the agreement with the barons came about. A good guided tour is essential. They wil point out their favourite bits but always tell you where to find the Lincoln Imp! Attend a service if you can- not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is so much to explore in and around Lincoln Cathedral. make sure you allow plenty of time to get the most of this amazing place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a Magnificent Cathedral and the acoustics are wonderful at the concerts held there.Look out for the Lincoln Imp!!!!!!

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