How much does it cost to bring a school group to the cathedral?
The entry charge for children is £1; this includes your guided tour or self-guided trail. All accompanying adults come for free.
What method of payment do you accept?
There are three ways in which you can pay for your visit to Lincoln Cathedral:
• In advance, by cash, cheque, credit or debit card
• On the day, by cash, cheque, credit or debit card
• By invoice after the visit (please ensure that the group leader signs this invoice at the Entry Desk when they check in for the visit)
How many accompanying adults do I need to bring with my school group?
The number of accompanying adults you need to have with you depends on the age of the children in the group:
• EYFS: one adult to every 4 pupils
• KS1: one adult to every 6 pupils
• KS2: one adult to every 8 pupils
• KS3 and KS4: one adult to every 10 students
• KS5: one adult to every 10 students, unless agreed otherwise in advance
Do you have any advice about producing risk assessment for our visit?
We have a basic risk assessment document herethat will help you to put together your own risk assessment when planning your visit.
Are your tours and trails linked to the National Curriculum?
All our guided tours and self-guided trails are linked to the National Curriculum and the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE. You can find out more about these links with guided tours here and with self-guided trails here.
Do you offer a general tour of the Cathedral?
Yes, we offer both a general guided tour for children (suitable for Key Stages 1 – 5) and a general children’s self-guided trail (suitable for Key Stages 1 – 2).
Can our group learn more about the history of the Cathedral when we visit?
Yes, our tour guides are able to tell you more about the history of the Cathedral on the general children’s tour, as well as the medieval period in particular on the Magna Carta tour. Our Magna Carta self-guided trail will also tell you about this period in the Cathedral’s history.
Can our group learn about the Cathedral as a place of worship when we visit?
Yes, our general guided tour and self-guided trail introduce you to various elements of the Cathedral that are relevant to the Christian life of the Cathedral. If you are particularly interested in the beliefs and practices of Christianity, we recommend that you choose the Signs and Symbols guided tour or self-guided trail (suitable for Key Stages 1 – 3). Many of the Cathedral volunteers and employees are practising Christians, and you are always welcome to stop any of us and ask questions about Christianity during your visit. If they can’t answer your question, they can always point you in the direction of someone who can!
Are there any restrictions we need to consider when we visit the Cathedral?
There are various restrictions in place at Lincoln Cathedral and things you need to consider when planning your visit:
• The Cathedral is a place of worship and services continue throughout the week. Prayers are shared briefly at 12pm and 3pm every day, and we ask visitors to pause for a moment to respect this. Holy Communion takes place at 12.30pm every day and access to the East End of the Cathedral is restricted at this time.
• Areas of the Cathedral may also be inaccessible due to special services or events. Please check with us in advance if you have any concerns about access on the day of your visit.
• On occasion, certain activities in the Cathedral may affect your visit, such as building work, cleaning or organ tuning. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
• On occasion, it may be necessary to rearrange or cancel your visit due to unforeseen circumstances, such as funerals. If such a situation arises, we will contact you in advance to inform you. We realise this may cause you inconvenience; we apologise and hope that you will choose to rebook your visit in this event.
• We request that you do not eat, drink or chew gum in the Cathedral.
• The Cathedral can be very cold, even in summer, so it always advisable to bring warm clothing.
• Given the age of the building, the floor is uneven in places, so we recommend you wear sensible footwear. We also advise that you are mindful when walking around the Cathedral for the same reason.
• Some of the doors are extremely heavy, so care should be taken when opening and closing them, especially in windy weather.
• Please ensure that you supervise your pupils carefully if you choose to light candles when in the Cathedral.
• Please note that if you wish to visit the Cathedral Library, it is located on the first floor and there is currently no access for disabled visitors.
Can we have our lunch in the Cathedral?
At the moment, we do not have facilities to provide a separate room for your group to eat lunch. We may be able to arrange for you to have your lunch in the nearby Medieval Bishop’s Palace (a short walk across the road from the Cathedral); this venue has capacity for up to 80 people and must be booked at least two weeks in advance of your visit. If you wish to have lunch in the Medieval Bishop’s Palace, please specify this on your booking form.
Can we store our bags in the Cathedral?
Unfortunately, we do not currently have the facilities to store bags and coats in the Cathedral itself. We can arrange for you to store bags and coats in the nearby Cathedral Centre (subject to availability); the Cathedral Centre ask for a fee of £5.00 per class for this service.
Where can our coach drop us off and collect us from?
The official coach and bus drop off/pick up point for the Cathedral is the junction of Northgate and Nettleham Road with Eastgate, by the Lincoln Hotel. Please see this map for guidance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT COACHES AND BUSES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN MINSTER YARD – PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR COACH/BUS DRIVER IS AWARE OF THIS.
If we need to change the details of our booking, who do we need to contact?
If you need to change any details of your booking, please contact the Visitors Team on 01522 561 600 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we need to cancel our booking, who do we need to contact?
If you need to contact us to cancel your booking, please ring the Visitors Team on 01522 561 600 or email at email@example.com. If you have paid us in advance, we will refund your money unless you have given us less than 24 hours’ notice of your need to cancel.
If we are running late on the day or our visit, who do we need to contact?
If you are running late on the day of your visit, please let us know by ringing 01522 561 600 as soon as you can. This is particularly important if you have booked guided tours, as we usually ask our tour guides to wait only fifteen minutes beyond the planned start time of their booked tour.
If you have any further queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org