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June 9, 2019

Lincoln Cathedral A Visitor’s Guide

Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings in Lincoln, and one of the top draws for visitors in Lincolnshire. Guests come from around the world to view this beautiful landmark cathedral, which is still used a place of worship today.

The Lincoln Cathedral has a long and storied history; its construction began in 1072 and from 1311 to 1548, it was the tallest building in the entire world. The Cathedral has long been considered an architectural marvel, with its distinct tower clock, beautiful rose windows and interior vaults making a true vision to behold.

In addition to its stunning exterior, the Cathedral itself has frequently been home to notable artifacts, including one of only four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta, which is now securely stored at Lincoln Castle for safekeeping. Visitors to Lincoln Cathedral will likely recognize it as being the site of numerous film and TV productions, including The Da Vinci Code, Young Victoria and The King.

Entry and Tours

Visitors to Lincoln Cathedral are welcome to enter the Nave, light a candle, and attend a Service in the cathedral at no cost.

Guests who are interested in exploring the cathedral are asked to pay an entrance fee, which includes the floor tour described below. There are a number of tour options available, depending on what part of the cathedral visitors are most interested in seeing and whether or not visitors are willing to pay an additional cost.

Floor tours can be booked year round and are available for guests of all ages; floor tours typically last for about an hour and include stops at some of the most notable Lincoln Cathedral sites, such as the famous Lincoln “Imp.” Roof tours are also available throughout the year, but they are limited to guests over a certain age; roof tours will take visitors up a narrow staircase to the inside of the cathedral roofs, with a special intimate look at the beautiful stained glass windows.

From April through October, Lincoln Cathedral hosts a tower tour option; these tower tours, which are limited to guests above a certain age, will take visitors up a stunning 338 steps to the highest tower of the cathedral. These tours are limited and need to be booked well in advance.

Admission Pricing

If visitors plan on exploring the cathedral, they will need to purchase an admission ticket. The admission ticket includes basic entry and a floor tour; basic admission is: £8.00 for adults, £4.80 for children 5 to 16 years (children under 5 come in free); or a family ticket of £20.80, which includes 2 adults and up to 3 children. Admission includes a free floor tour, described below.

Limited roof and tower tours are available with pre-booked tours only; the cost for these tours will vary and so the Cathedral must be contacted in advance for pricing.

Visitors should note that the hours for floor tours will vary depending on the season and day of the week; when in doubt, visitors should contact the cathedral to confirm current floor tour times.

Visit the official Lincoln Cathedral Page here:

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