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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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Great history always worth seeing

Love the city and history. Look for the imp and support the restoration. The magna Carta is a historic document in English hustory

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lofhario
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Love the city and history. Look for the imp and support the restoration. The magna Carta is a historic document in English hustory

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New Haven, Connecticut
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The Lincoln Cathedral is a magnificent Gothic cathedral dating from the Norman period. Set in a picturesque, medieval town, there is much to see and do for both lovers of history and lovers of ale. I highly recommend the Cathedral roof tour if you can get yourself a spot. There, you'll get an inside view of the building's construction, bells... More 

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My partner & I were visiting Lincoln as we were in the city for a wedding. We visited the cathedral which was beautiful & also the staff there in the shop were very nice. Lovely day out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Lincoln for the weekend and of course visited the Cathedral. The Cathedral is a work of art which was brought to life by our excellent guide. I would highly recommend visiting the Cathedral and as it is included in the price of the ticket, having a guided tour. As well as pointing out some of the obvious... More 

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Not to be missed on a visit to Lincoln. Beautiful cathedral with so much to see. Unfortunately we were not able to attend a service but it must be spectacular!

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I've lived close to Lincoln for most of my life but I never tire of looking at and experiencing this spectacular building. Approaching from the south gives an impressive view but up close it is incredible. We visited during the Christmas market and paid a brief visit whilst preparations were underway for the carol concert. It is an atmospheric building... More 

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We visited on a Sunday so we're not able to visit the whole Cathedral as services we're taking place. What we saw was very well signposted and there was a very interesting display by a local wood craftsperson. We shall return to undertake a full visit at another time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always enjoy a visit but especially at Christmas when every thing is festive and nice to hear some music

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every time I have visited that special place it has taken my breath away. There is not a single place in this world I have felt that feeling before. The outside beauty of the cathedral is only 'beaten' by the peace and colour of the inside. If you ever get the chance to visit Lincoln cathedral, take that chance. Ed.

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Wow, arriving in the city you can't help but be amazed by its scale, very impressive by how large and ornate it is. Reasonable entrance fee with gift aid included if you can. £8 per adult and under 5's free. The stain glass windows are so beautiful, guided tours if you want them and you are allowed to take photos... More 

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