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Tours

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Visiting Lincoln Cathedral is a great experience but one that can be made immeasurably better with the help of a guide.

All our guides are volunteers who love the building and can give you an insight into the wonderful and colourful history not only of the building but also of its people.

All of our tours are included in the entry prices. This includes the floor and roof tours, and the tower tours which are available on Saturdays from March to October. Please see the Planning your visit page for further information.

On days where entry to the Cathedral is free, such as the Heritage Days (publicised on this website), we do ask visitors both to book on and pay for tours.

Cathedral tours run from Monday to Saturday. Please note that we do not run any tours on a Sunday. See below for times of tours. Sometimes we are unable to offer tours, for example when there is a major service or event. Please see the opening times page for these restrictions.

Floor Tour

Daily throughout the year excluding Sundays. Visitors do not have to pre-book onto this tour are there is no maximum number of places.Tours may be cancelled due to Cathedral events.

Time table March to October – Monday to Saturday 11:00 am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
November to February – Monday to Saturday 11.00am and 2.00pm
Duration  approx. 1 hour
No. of places no maximum
Age restriction None

Roof Tours*

Daily throughout the year excluding Sundays. Visitors are advised to book on this tour as numbers are limited to 14 places.

Time table March to October – Monday to Saturday 11:00am and 2.00pmNovember to February – Monday to Friday 1:30pm onlyNovember to February – Saturday 11:00am and 1:30pm
Duration  approx. 90 minutes
No. of places maximum 14 people per tour
Age restriction minimum age of 14 years and children 14-16 years must be accompanied by an adult

Tower Tours*

Only on Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Visitors are advised to book on this tour as numbers are limited to 14 places.

Time table March to November – 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Duration 
approx. 60 minutes
No. of places maximum 14 people per tour
Age restriction minimum age of 14 years and children 14-16 years must be accompanied by an adult
*Roof and Tower Tours may be pre-booked. For more information please call 01522 561600 or email visitors@lincolncathedral.com. Please note we do require payment with your pre-booking and this is non-refundable if you are unable to join the tour. Due to this we only take pre-bookings if they are made at least 24 hours in advance.
*All visitors participating in a roof or tour tower must arrive a minimum of 10 minutes before the tour is due to take place: if you do not arrive a minimum of 10 minutes before, your places maybe made available to other visitors and your monies not refunded.

Due to large events and unforeseen circumstances we may have to cancel tours. We would also recommend that you call in advance of your visit to make sure tour times and dates are not restricted.

Visitor Safety Notes

For anyone who goes on a Roof or Tower Tour, we always ask every visitor to read our Visitor Safety Notes for each separate tour. If you are interested in going on either of these tours we would strongly recommend that you read through in advance to avoid any disappointment. This information goes through such things as age restrictions, health restrictions and physical abilities that you would need to have to complete a tour. Please follow the links below:

Tower Tour – Health and Safety Notes

Roof Tour – Health and Safety Notes

If you are unsure of any information in the above or would like to discuss please do not hesitate to get in touch via email visitors@lincolncathedral.com or telephone 01522 561600.

Groups

We welcome groups. Please phone 01522 561600 or e-mail visitors@lincolncathedral.com. It is helpful to know you are coming so that the Refectory can cater for your needs.

Library

Private tours of the Wren and Medieval libraries can be booked throughout the year outside of normal Library opening hours, please follow this LINK for further details.

Businesses

If you are a business looking to give your clients and customers a special experience, we offer special tours of the library, works department and those parts of the Cathedral which other tours can’t reach! We are of course happy to offer these tours to non-business groups. We do ask you to pay specifically for these special tours. Again, please phone 01522 561600 or e-mail visitors@lincolncathedral.com.

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