From Monday 17 May one of Europe’s finest gothic buildings, Lincoln Cathedral will once again be open to visitors.

Anyone visiting the Cathedral between Monday 17 May and Saturday 5 June will be able to take advantage of a special ‘welcome back’ admission price of £5 for adults with children aged 16 and under free.

Everyone is invited to come and explore this sacred space, discover its rich history and enjoy its unique and peaceful atmosphere. The Cathedral’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of volunteer guides will be on hand to share information and bring its history to life.

The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln, said that the Cathedral was, at its heart, a place of welcome and hospitality. “It is a pleasure to welcome tourists and pilgrims back to Lincoln Cathedral, and to be able to once again share the engaging history, faith and architecture of this inspiring place.

“Lincoln is a vibrant city and we are fortunate to have so many wonderful independent businesses in such beautiful surroundings. The last year has been a difficult time for everyone and as we take the first steps towards safely enjoying the summer months, it is uplifting to see the area come to life again and to see all those businesses opening again and hopefully beginning to thrive once more.

“The coming year promises to be an exciting one for the Cathedral with the opening of new facilities, and the long-awaited return of events and music. Every care has been taken to ensure the wellbeing of every person that visits the Cathedral, volunteers, works or worships here, and we’re excited to take this first step forwards.”

The daily worshipping life of the Cathedral continues, and as well as opening the building for tourist visits, the Cathedral will also be hosting events in the coming months, with music making a welcome return. On Saturday 26 June, Jeffrey Makinson, the Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist of Lincoln Cathedral will hold a concert on the famous Father Willis organ, and on Friday 9 July you can enjoy fabulous evening of uplifting music from the Cathedral Choir in the atmospheric surroundings of the Cloister.

More details of these events, and details of half term and summer activities can be found on the Cathedral website – www.lincolncathedral.com.

Lincoln Cathedral holds the “Good to Go” accreditation from Visit Britain. The award signals to anyone wishing to visit that they can be confident that every opportunity possible is taken to ensure their wellbeing. The UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark demonstrates that the Cathedral is following government and public health guidance in relation to coronavirus.

To help to keep all visitors, staff and volunteers as safe as possible a one-way system remains place and hand sanitiser stations are available to use around the building. In line with Church of England and government guidance, visitors are asked to wear face coverings in all areas of the Cathedral.

Lincoln Cathedral will be open between 10am and 3.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am to 3.30pm on Sundays, with last admissions at 3pm.