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Lincoln Cathedral


Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral nave
Statue of Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Cathedral Choir
Chapter house

One of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, once the tallest in the world, that dominates Lincoln's skyline.

Once described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as "out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedral we have", Lincoln Cathedral is not to be missed.

With the Norman invasion of Britain in the 11th century, William the Conqueror commisioned the building of Lincoln Cathedral and in 1092 it was consecrated, becoming the head of the largest diocese in England - extending from the Humber to the Thames.

After fires and earthquakes had demanded rebuilding of some of the cathedral, it took on a Gothic style of architecture. When the central spire was eventually raised in 1300, it became the tallest building in the world: taking the mantle from the Great Pyramid of Giza. This lasted until 1549 when the spire collapsed.

In spite of its size, the cathedral is filled with intricate detail. In Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the Gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art; it is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Lincoln.

There is something for everyone to see at Lincoln Cathedral and children love seeking out the funny carvings - in particular the famous Lincoln Imp!

Lincoln Cathedral owns one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta, signed in 1215 and brought back to Lincoln by the Bishop of Lincoln, which now resides in Lincoln Castle.  There is a replica Magna Carta that can be viewed inside the Cathedral near the cloisters.

Tours

Floor Tours run throughout the year and are suitable for all. They usually last around an hour and cover all aspects of the Cathedral: from architecture, history with a few interesting stories thrown in along the way. Roof Tours are also run throughout the year which are accessed by a narrow staircase. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will give you fantastic views of the inside of one of the Cathedral roofs as well as getting up close to the wonderful stained glass windows.

Starting on the first Saturday in April and finishing on the last Saturday in October, visitors can climb one of the towers of Lincoln Cathedral on the Tower Tour. This tour takes you up the highest tower and once at the top you will get an amazing 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  It is recommended to book onto a tour either in advance or by entering the Cathedral as the tours are limited to the number of visitors and spaces cannot always be guaranteed.

Floor tours are included in the entry price and roof/tower tours are at a cost of £4pp. All tours run Monday - Saturday.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate between 1850 and 1892, was born and grew up in Lincolnshire. A memorial statue to him can be found on the East Green of Lincoln Cathedral bearing the words of his poem Flower in the Crannied Wall.

The Lincoln Imp

The Lincoln Imp, turned to stone by an angel for misbehaviour according to legend, can be found in Lincoln Cathedral. A spotlight is available to help you find it if you are struggling! Find out more on the Legend of the Lincoln Imp page.

Medieval and Wren Libraries

Hidden above the Lincoln Cathedral cloisters are the Medieval Library and Wren Libraries, a 15th century collection of books in "the most beautiful room in England".

Access is included within entry to the Cathedral although times vary through the year. Guided tours are available when pre-booked at £5 per person.

Groups

Enjoy an informative guided tour with options of roof, workshop and treasury tours (price on application). Group catering is available (pre-booking required). Coach drop-off point at Eastgate (no parking at Cathedral).

Religious Services

All are welcome at the Cathedral's services.  Details of services and other events can be found by clicking on the events diary on the home page of the Lincoln Cathedral websiteDue to services and other events access may be restricted, please visit the Lincoln Cathedral website for accurate opening times.

Additional Information

  • Guided tours available

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Trails at Lincoln Cathedral

Events

Magna Carta Lecture Series: Speaker Mark Carney

July 16, 2015
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Magna Carta Lecture Series: Speaker Mark Carney

The next installment to the Magna Carta Lecture Series 2015: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, hosts his lecture in Lincoln Cathedral.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

July 23, 2015 to August 2, 2015
All Day
Jesus Christ Superstar

One of Europe's finest Cathedral hosts the greatest story ever told with a unique production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.

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National Youth Training Choir: UNLEASHED

August 29, 2015
7:30pm to 10:00pm
National Youth Training Choir: UNLEASHED

A euphoric programme of choral music, in the stunning setting of Lincoln Cathedral.

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Cathedral Quarter

Medieval and Wren Libraries

Medieval and Wren Libraries

Hidden above the Lincoln Cathedral cloisters are the Medieval Library and Wren Library, a 15th century collection of books in "the most beautiful room in England".

Find out more

Cathedral Quarter

Cathedral Centre

Cathedral Centre

In the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral’s magnificent West Front, the Cathedral Centre boasts a grand reception hall and several other rooms, all with free Wi–Fi access. Ideal for a range of small meetings, events, receptions and product launches.

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Visit Lincoln Blog

See Peregrine Falcons at the Cathedral

See Peregrine Falcons at the Cathedral

Three new Peregrine Falcons hatched this week in their nest on Lincoln Cathedral. You can see them for yourselves through the summer.

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What is Magna Carta?

What is Magna Carta?

History writer and chair of trustees at Lincoln Drill Hall Phil Hamlyn Williams shares with us the importance of Magna Carta and its links with Lincoln.

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Opening Times & Prices

September to June

Monday - Saturday: 7:15am - 6pm

Sunday: 7:15am - 5pm

July to August

Monday - Friday: 7:15am - 8pm

Saturday - Sunday: 7:15am - 6pm

Entry may be restricted due to events. Please call ahead before planning a visit.

Admission price includes floor tour. Tower and Roof tours will be at a charge of £4pp.

  • ​Adult: £8
  • Concession: £6.40
  • Child (5-16): £4.80
  • Under 5: Free
  • Family: £20.80

Access to the Cathedral on Sundays is restricted but admission is free. Add Gift Aid to receive an annual pass to the Cathedral.


Joint ticket for Cathedral and Castle is available: £16/£13/£10/£40. This includes a free return visit to both attractions within 6 months.

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