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“Beautiful Gothic Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Lincoln
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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“Beautiful Gothic Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

It is a great example of a Gothic cathedral. There are beautiful stained glass windows and a gorgeous ribbed ceiling. The legend of the Lincoln Imp is worth finding out about.

Visited July 2014
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“Rooftop tour brings cathedral to life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Our normal cathedral visit is a 5 minute, poke your head in have a quick look and leave. This time was very different, the lady on the cash desk immediately offered the opportunity to have a free roof tour after we had handed over the entrance fee. We then disappeared for a quick coffee and cake in the coffee shop until our allotted hour. The guide was friendly and helpful and explained the building and why it was the way it was. She then took us up about 100 steps with a halfway stop looking down over the inside of the cathedral, not a view many people get. The inside and outside views are great I would never have thought the other side of the ceiling would look as it does, all in all £8 each very, very well spent.

Visited July 2014
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“Magnificent cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Warm welcome and the gift aid payment provides more. All of the seats had been removed from the nave which increased the impression of space. The sheer scale and the lovely details inside are wonderful and the exterior is so impressive, with the three towers dominating the building. At night the flood lighting of the west front is very impressive.

Visited July 2014
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“Rooftop tour changed my mind about cathedral ticketing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I agree with some of the people who say that you should not have to pay to visit a place of worship. I too have, in the past, declined a cathedral visit on principle of excessive payment. However, my partner wanted to go and I agreed. We paid £8 each and this included entry to the cathedral but also a rooftop tour that lasted well over 90 minutes! We saw the vaulted ceiling from above, we went out by the tower, got a fab view of Lincoln, saw the wooden rafters, got some great history from our guide and thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish! However, if I did not know about booking on to tours, I would have been bitterly disappointed to have spent £8 just to visit the pretty-empty-at-the-moment main cathedral building.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

A beautiful and ornate cathedral in glorious surroundings. Well worth the walk up the hill. Small refectory but a good choice of food and very reasonable prices.

Visited July 2014
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