Guided Roof Tour

Explore the roof space of Lincoln Cathedral with views across the City.

Our friendly guides will you show you the fascinating structures that hold up the roof of the Cathedral. We’ll give you an insight into the workmanship required to build and maintain this stunning building.

You’ll also get up close to our stained glass windows, visit one of our bell chambers and for those who are not afraid of heights, there is an opportunity to enjoy views down the full length of the Nave and across the City from the Cathedral’s West Front.

If you love architecture, this tour is for you.

How long will the tour last?

Each tour will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

How much does it cost?

Tours cost £7.50 per person in addition to the general admission fee.

What else do I need to know?

Please note: A general level of fitness is required to climb the steep staircases.

An induction will be provided before the tour commences, and a guide will be with you at all times.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start time, and pay admission at our welcome desk and receive your tour information.

New dates will be added regularly, so please check back if your preferred dates are not yet available.

Tickets are sold as non-returnable and non-refundable.

All participants must be 14 years or older.

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Please note: health and safety conditions do apply and a general level of fitness is required to climb the steep staircases. An induction will be provided before the tour commences, and a guide will be with you at all times. This programme is subject to change with no notice. We reserve the right to cancel this event. If we do need to cancel all tickets will be refunded.

Roof Tour Visitor Safety Instructions

Please take time to read this information carefully as you will be required to comply with the restrictions and requirements below.

Tour Details
The maximum number of persons allowed in the tour party is 14.
We apologise: Children under the age of 14 are not permitted on the tour.
Once the tour has started there will be no opportunity for a comfort break.
Tours last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

General Information
There are more than 100 steps to the top of the roof and the spiral stairs are narrow, uneven and steep.
Flat shoes must be worn – No flip flops or other open-backed shoes.
Along various parts of the route there are narrow exits, low ceilings or similar obstacles – your guide will warn you of these but please take care.
Smoking and the use of mobile phones (other than for photos) is prohibited.

Any visitor with a fear of heights or confined spaces and/or in poor health should consider their suitability for the tour.
The tour is not recommended for those with:
• Breathing difficulties
• Heart conditions (including pace-makers)
• Joint pains – hips, knees or ankle
• Reduced mobility or balance problems
• Vertigo
• Asthma – asthmatics are asked to ensure that they have their inhalers with them.
Those who are pregnant are not advised to join the tour

NOTE: Your lead guide is in charge of the tour and their instructions must be followed at all times.
The Cathedral reserves the right to refuse any visitor admittance to the tour if any of the above criteria are not met.
Any visitor found not to be following the instructions of the guide, displaying rude or aggressive behaviour and/or endangering the tour safety will be escorted from the tour immediately.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
We hope that you enjoy the tour