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Review of Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 95 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles' - John Ruskin Lincoln Cathedral was for almost 300 years the tallest building in the world. Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail. Remigius, the Bishop who built the earliest part of the Cathedral in the Norman style, came over with William the Conqueror. Later, in Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls, roofs elaborated by the finest carving. From the time of the death of the saintly Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon who so lovingly restored the Cathedral after an earthquake in the 12th century, thousands of people have come on pilgrimage to this place of pilgrimage, holiness and prayer. In 1215 another Hugh Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, was present at Runnymede along with Lincolnshire's Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton. When King John agreed to the barons' demands, copies of Magna Carta were made and distributed to sheriffs and cathedrals throughout England. Lincoln Cathedral's Magna Carta is one of only four from the original distribution still in existence. It is the only one to bear the name of its city.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Visited the cathedral during the Easter service. Witnessed their ceremony, which was special. Nice interiors. Typical cathedral that you see in England. Staff are very friendly and nice. A very friendly town to be in and a nice place to get away from the hustle of big cities.

Thank Edmund T
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I was just in time for a guided tour which enriched my first visit to the Cathedral so I was able to learn so much about it's history along the tour. Then just as the tour finished as service began and I was able to take Holy Communion which just enlightened the whole experience. A very reasonable entrance which you could add on the Castle and Jail and re-use after filling in a form for the rest of the year.

Thank hilaryholden7
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We visted the cathedral during our Easter weekend and despite the cold weather we enjoyed the tour. I recomd that you wait for a guided tour as you will find out a lot of intereseting information not only about the cathedral but also about English history, we were on Ken`s tour and it was very entertaining. This is must see place if you are in the area

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Reasonable price for entrance and if you fill a form in your fee for the day will act as a yearly pass into the cathedral. Lots of historical information and plenty of staff available to help. Well work a visit

Thank Russspencer1957
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This Cathedral is as famous architecturally as it is special historically, and for those reasons alone it is worth a visit.
It has the feel of a living and "lived-in" cathedral which is so lacking in many.
The stand out aspects for me were the Choir, the Gilbert Pots and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln. The latter breaks all preconceptions I previously had of statues and any representation of Mary I have seen before. It is extraordinary and profoundly impressive, and evoked in me a deep insight to what is must have meant to give birth to the Son of God and to be given a premonition of his life and ultimate death. The Gilbert Pots are as beautiful (is there a hint of byzantine art in them?) as they are mystical, and their setting as a place of reflection and prayer is wonderful. There is a lovely icon of Christ on the back wall that gives a quiet and consoling presence to the space.
You have to see the choir to appreciate the carving and just how impressive it is.
Some other reviewers commented on the price of entry. We thought the charge was very reasonable. The cafe here is good and could encourage you to make the visit last an hour or more; you will be the better of it. The brochure provided on entry is short and worth reading.

Thank jhnsfdbck
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