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“Awe Inspiring”
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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 April 2018

A beautiful cathedral, one of the most impressive I've seen. The roof tour was very interesting, albeit not for those without a head for heights (You don't actually go up to the roof proper, but into the towers of the front fortifications. Still well worth seeing - getting up close to the Rose Window was incredible). The Cathedral is like a small city and you can spend hours taking in all of the small details. As a bonus, it's within walking distance of the castle and you can see them both on a combined ticket, to save you another slog up Steep Hill.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

History, stone, wood, lead and glass to make you gasp in wonder. Restoration works in progress did not interfere with visit. Try viewing cathedral outside after dark as well.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We took the guided tour which is really worthwhile doing, it made this Cathedral visit a memorable trip.

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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.

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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.

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