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A Place of Beauty and so much more

“Lincoln Cathedral is arguably the finest gothic building in Europe. On this site you will find information about its past history, its present activities and our hopes for its future.

I hope you will come and visit Lincoln Cathedral to discover its wonders for yourself and receive a blessing.”

The Very Reverend Philip Buckler – Dean

There is so much to see and experience. Have look at Google Street View and our latest video.

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.

There is something for everyone. Children love seeking out the funny carvings. Not just the Imp, but the cat and mouse and so many other little details that brightened the masons’ days.

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 above, the carving is at its best, yet not for the eye of mortal man.

From the time of the death of the saintly Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon whose shine is shown in the picture to the right, thousands of people like you and me have come on pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral. It is place of pilgrimage, a place of holiness and of prayer, but also a place to explore.

Entry

You can enter free of charge and gaze at the nave; you can spend time of quiet in the Morning Chapel; you can visit the shop. But if you want to explore further, we do ask you to pay an entry charge. If you Gift Aid this, this will give you an entry pass for the ensuing year. All tours are included in the entry charge. On Sunday, there are no tours, but equally there is no charge. Follow this link to find why we ask you to pay.

So, what is there?

If you are interested in History, Remigius the Bishop who built the earliest part of the Cathedral came over with William the Conqueror.

If Architecture is your passion St Hugh, who so lovingly restored the Cathedral after the earthquake, brought with him architects who took the gothic form to the farthest reaches. The intricacy of this building is something to behold.

If Music is your love, come to choral evensong. You can listen to the week’s broadcast on-line, but that is nothing compared to hearing it live.

If you are book addict, visit the Medieval and Wren Libraries and discover the eclectic collection we keep.

The Cathedral has had a long relationship with Kings and Queens. The Chapter House was used by Edward II for a meeting with Parliament. More recently it was the setting for the film The Young Victoria. This summer, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeh II, we are displaying in the Chapter House the throne used by Victoria in that film.

In the summer you can watch the peregrines with whom we live.

One site you might like to look at before you come is one that brings together information about all the English Cathedrals.

Where are we?

The Cathedral sits on the hill separated from Lincoln Castle by Castle Square from which visitors can go down Steep Hill or up Bailgate with its independent shops and restaurants. The Visit Lincoln Website tells more about the Cathedral Quarter.

Tours

Unlike many tourist destinations, all of our tours are included in the entry charge. Monday to Saturday we run Floor Tours, which 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!

We also run Roof Tours throughout the year excluding Sundays. We would always recommend to people that they book onto a Roof Tour either in advance or as soon as they enter the Cathedral. This is because we are limited to the number of visitors we can take in a group and, as you can imagine, these tours are very popular. This tour takes 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 our wonderful stained glass windows.

Starting on the first Saturday in March and finishing on the last Saturday in November, we offer the opportunity for visitors to 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. Again, we always recommend you either book in advance or as soon as you entry the Cathedral as spaces are limited and cannot always be guaranteed.

Alternatively you can pay for an audio guide of the Cathedral, which can be purchased at the entry desk. These are available in English, French and German.

Please click on the following link to find out more information on our tours: Floor tours, Roof tours and Tower tours.

Guide Books

We do have two guide books which are on sale at the shop. For those who want to dig deeper there is our book, Lincoln Cathedral, a journey from past to present.

We look forward to welcoming you

Please check the opening times page for details and charges. Special events and restrictions are shown in the diary on the home page. The Cathedral is a busy place and sometimes we have to restrict access to make way for a special event. E-mail visitors@lincolncathedral.com or phone our Visitor Services Team on 01522 561600.

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