Make the most of your visit to Lincoln Cathedral!
Here’s a handy tick list of things you should definitely try to see and do! Enjoy your visit and remember to share your memories… #LoveLincoln
- The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the patron saint of this Cathedral church. The new statue was commissioned in 2014 and it makes for a beautiful photo if you stand in the arch by the choir screen and look down the south choir aisle!
- The Fossils in the Nave floor
There’s a great game you can play with all the family… In the huge slabs of limestone which make up the floor of the vast Nave of the Cathedral, you can see fossils! Lincoln Cathedral was built from Lincolnshire Limestone which is dug up from the Cathedral’s very own quarry. Try and find the biggest fossils in the floor and make sure you send us your photos! (If you are having trouble finding them, ask a guide or steward to help show you the way!)
- The Lincoln Imp
This is possibly Lincoln Cathedral’s most famous story. If you’ve already found the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary then you are right where you need to be. Folk stories tell that the Lincoln Imp was a naughty little creature, causing havoc all around the Midlands. When he and his friends arrived at Lincoln Cathedral, some angels had had quite enough and turned him into stone to make an example of him. He’s high up at the top of one of the pillars and there’s a light you can turn on to help you see the way. If you’d like to see him up close, the Cathedral Gift Shop has lots of different Imp related items, including socks!
- Magna Carta facsimile
Everyone who comes to Lincoln knows that Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta is actually kept in the vault at the Castle. We like to tell the story too and you can get up close and personal with a copy of the document and read all about its story on your way to the Cloisters.
- The Boole Window
Everyone has a mobile phone nowadays; in fact you are probably reading this on one. But before anything like a mobile phone was ever conceived, a man named George Boole was in Lincoln. He’s widely known as one of the forefathers of the technology we have today. The Cathedral has a window dedicated to his life in the Nave.
- The Treasury
If you find yourself wondering around the north choir aisle, you might come across the Cathedral Treasury. The Treasury is filled with fine pieces of silver from all around the Diocese of Lincoln. What is the oldest piece you can find?
- The Organ
The mighty Father Willis Organ stands proud above the choir screen. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is also one of the finest instruments in the land. It has remained fairly true to what it was when it was built and hasn’t been messed around with very much over the years. The Father Willis is a true gem.
- The Apprentice Wall
The Apprentice Wall is found in the south choir aisle, next to the entrance to St Hugh’s Choir. This wall was created by the stone masons as they were learning their craft and skills. Each mason would have to carve a stone for the wall; you can see that there are all kinds of levels of intricacy to the Cathedral, especially here. As well as the flowers, what animal can you find carved into the blocks?
- The Duncan Grant Chapel
On your visit you might notice that one of the smaller side chapels off the east end of the Cathedral is highly decorated. It’s unlike any others we have and depicts the biblical story of the Good Shepherd. It remained locked for 20 years, so it’s a real privilege to be able to come and see it today. There are lots of animals around, specifically lots of sheep. Why might this be?
- Faces in the Choir Screen
If you go to the stone screen below the Father Willis Organ, you will see a tremendously intricate set of carvings in the stonework. At one time this would have been painted bright colours, but now we only see the stone as it would have been cut by the skilled masons. In the carvings you should be able to see some faces. We don’t exactly know what these faces are depicting but they are certainly a fun addition to the Cathedral! How many faces can you count?