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A stunning building, a fascinating history, and a warm welcome all year round. Follow in the footsteps of kings and scholars as you explore one of the largest Cathedrals in the country.

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Our guides will keep the whole family enthralled as they bring to life the legends, characters and stories of the Cathedral; stories of battles, power, politics, romance and pilgrimage.

Head to the roof tops for spectacular views across Lincolnshire, and if you are lucky you may even spot our resident peregrine falcons!

Younger visitors can borrow one of our Explorer backpacks to find fun and imaginative ways to discover Lincoln Cathedral and its treasures – spot the animal carvings, and our cheeky Lincoln Imp high above the shrine of St Hugh.


For those seeking peace and tranquillity we invite you to join one of regular services, or light a candle as you reflect in one of our more intimate chapels.

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Sample locally sourced food in the Cloisters Café, browse the collection of rare and unusual books in the Medieval and Wren libraries, and discover the perfect souvenir or gift in the Cathedral gift shop to take home as a memento of your day.

The Cathedral is full of history, intrigue and exciting treasures – start your journey of discovery today.


A Brief History of the Cathedral

After his conquest of England, William the Conqueror embarked upon a programme of cathedral building throughout the country. In 1072 William instructed Bishop Remigius to move the seat of this diocese from Dorchester on Thames to Lincoln. The diocese stretched from the Humber in the north, to the Thames in the south.

Building a cathedral required a huge workforce of skilled craftsmen and labourers who worked from sunrise to sunset. It is estimated that £2,000 a year was spent on building the Cathedral; nearly £5,000,000 in today’s money.

In 1185 the Cathedral was partly destroyed by an earthquake, leaving only the Norman west front which you can still see today.

In 1186, Hugh of Avalon accepted the post of Bishop of Lincoln and began to organise the rebuilding of the Cathedral. Work began in 1192 at the east end and continued until around 1245 when it joined the existing west front. The restoration is said to have been paid for by local people, including, famously, the Swineherd of Stow who gave his meagre life savings towards the great work. His statue sits on the northwest turret opposite that of Saint Hugh on the southwest.

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Much of the design and construction of the Cathedral was experimental and in 1237 the central tower collapsed. It was replaced by 1311 with a tower topped with a spire making the Cathedral approximately 525 feet high (160m) and reputedly the tallest building in the world for nearly 238 years. In 1548 the central spire fell down in a storm and had to be removed. It was never replaced. To this day the Cathedral still opens its doors to welcome pilgrims and visitors alike. We hope that you enjoy your visit.


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