What will you see?
Cathedral Tours – Lincoln Cathedral is best explored with the help of one of our expert volunteer guides.
Please contact the Visitor Experience team if you have any specific requirements.
To book your tour(s), please visit our Forthcoming events page and follow the links. You can also visit the welcome desk on the day or contact the Visitor Experience team on 01522 561600. Please note, we can only take bookings made more than 24 hours in advance. If you are visiting today, please enquire at the Welcome Desk on arrival.
We have a number of different tours available, allowing you to see as much of the Cathedral as you wish to. These include;
- Floor Tours
- Roof Tours
- Tower Tours
- Library Tours
- Historic Graffiti Tours
- Outdoor Tours
- Symbolism Tours
- Stained Glass Tours
The library includes a reference collection of c.10,000 items, with 260 medieval manuscripts, texts on theology, canon law, devotional books, music, and literature.
Our tour professionals can offer information on not only the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral tours, but also provide advice on other local attractions and points of interest within the Lincoln Cathedral quarter.
An introductory floor tour is included in your admission to the Cathedral. Let our expert volunteer guides take you on a journey, revealing hundreds of years of history.
Our roof tour takes you up into the roof space of Lincoln Cathedral so you can see the building's inner workings.
Our Tower Tour takes you up to the top of the Central Tower where you can experience fabulous views and on a clear day see much of Lincolnshire.
Historic Graffiti Tour
Join our expert guides on the hunt for some of the Cathedral’s most interesting graffiti and learn more about some of the people that have left their mark. There is a huge range of images, symbols and words etched on to the fabric of the building just waiting to be spotted by the sharp-eyed visitor.
Join us on our new external tour of Lincoln Cathedral! The Cathedral is highly decorated and you'll find out more about the elaborate carvings which cover the building. Find out more about the imposing tower which can be seen from over 40 miles away and learn more about the colourful stained glass windows and the tales they tell.
A symbol is a clear graphic illustration representing people or items of religious significance, revealing the truth to those who know how to interpret it and concealing it from the uninitiated. Discover the hidden meanings and symbols of the stone carvings and stained glass, both inside and outside the Cathedral, which you might otherwise miss.
Stained glass tour
Light floods in to Lincoln Cathedral via its stunning stained glass windows, filling the space with vivid colours and literally illuminating the building. These works of art illustrate stories from the bible and the Cathedral’s history and tell us about the people beliefs and hopes of the people that created them. Join our knowledgeable guides and discover more about the meaning of the designs, the history of the panels and how such stunning windows are created and maintained.