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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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Stunning Edifice

A fantastic place to visit. Try to visit on a day when the tower tours operate, on a fine day. The views are astounding

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fantastic place to visit. Try to visit on a day when the tower tours operate, on a fine day. The views are astounding

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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The Cathedral can be spotted throughout Lincoln City and is beautiful in the day and at night. It is huge, and very impressive. The inside is fascinating and can help with religious enlightenment or just personal interest. Not being a Christian, I found it welcoming, very interesting and may only re-visit Lincoln to be inspired by witnessing a service in... More 

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How anyone who visits could be anything less than bowled over would be a mystery to me. The simple scale of the building is difficult to comprehend when you think this was started in the 12th century. The architecture, internal and external, is amazing. The detail and craftsmanship of wood and stonework is humbling. We went on the tour which... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Dating from the Norman period this magnificent Gothic cathedral is a must see for anyone visiting Lincoln,with many more attractions close by ie castle, bishops palace , steep hill etc go for the weekend . Fantastic area.

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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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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