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Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1522 561600
11:30 - 16:00
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Sun 11:30 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

'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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What a magnificent building. We were visiting with friends. You could spend all day looking at the architecture. There is usually something being displayed in the vast interior... read more

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a magnificent building. We were visiting with friends. You could spend all day looking at the architecture. There is usually something being displayed in the vast interior that is of local interest. The gift shop sells guides, you can get tours of the cathedral. Highly recommended. You can also light a candle in remembrance of loved ones if you're... More 

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great visit if you're in the area however it can be a bit drafty so I would wrap up a bit if you plan on visiting

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visit Lincoln cathedral with my grandson . We had watched a tv show on estuary about the cathedral the day before we went . We arrived at the cathedral to see the lady on the desk as we saw on tv My grandson asked if Stuart was at work the man also on tv the kind lady rang him... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited on Friday and our guide was Maureen, she was brilliant and very knowledgeable, telling us lots of anecdotes about the Cathedral and its history. The building is amazing beginning its life in the 1200's. Well worth a visit when you are in Lincoln we will visit again when next in the area. The café is also excellent with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When you come through the arch from the town and see the West front of Lincoln Cathedral for the first time, it really makes your heart leap, especially at night when the floodlighting is on. There is so much to see inside that one visit is not enough. The best visits include a service where you can listen to the... More 

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Ruedesheim am Rhein, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow an amazing visit the Cathedral has so much history involved through the last 1100 years. And not to mention it has the Magna Carta along with all that history. This is an amazing visit with so many different side programs.

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Titchfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here as we had a spare hour between meetings and baulked at the £8 entrance fee so just popped our heads around the door. Guide was really helpful and gave us some history of the cathedral and the background to the imp. Did make us laugh that if we paid the £8 entry we could have unlimited visits for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing! What a beautiful cathedral which made me get lost and learn more about its history. Very nice man wanting to explain and bring it to life. Makes all the difference.

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This cathedral is magnificent! It's so well maintained and preserved that once you step inside, you are transported back in time. The location on top of the hill is picturesque and the staff is very friendly.

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

A beautiful cathedral with many stories i.e.:- the Lincoln imp. Must be seen to be appreciated. A fantastic historical sight to visit with pleasant grounds and lots of nearby sites to see as well as quaint shops and tea rooms.

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