Lincoln Cathedral

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Minster Yard, Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln Cathedral Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
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Soaring Hilltop Magnificence Jun 25, 2017
Lincolnshire is situated in one of the flattest regions of the United Kingdom, so it’s somewhat ironic that the blockbuster attraction of its principal settlement requires a lung-busting climb up a very steep hill to get to (or a bus ride, admittedly!). But is it worth the atmospheric, evocative climb - lined with quirky independent, mock-Tudor shops and tea rooms – up the imaginatively named Steep Hill? A resounding yes!

Vast in scope both outside and in, a walk around the grounds enable you to take in the glorious, high-windowed facades of the outer walls, the spiky turrets and sweeping buttresses and, within the well-tended gardens, even a statue of the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The real highlights are inside, though, so don’t skimp on the entrance fee. A lavish screen gives way on to St Hugh’s Choir, a ‘church within a church’ where services still take part to this day, and a treat for fans of intricate, choir-based decoration. The transepts surrounding it are worth a mention too, especially the Dean’s Eye Window, a magnificent stained glass window detailing the last judgement.

To get an overall, postcard-pretty view, you need to scale the grand walls of the nearby Castle; a combined castle and cathedral ticket will let you do this. Though not as immediately appealing as the Cathedral, the Castle is worth a look, mostly for its copy of the Magna Carta, one of only three that are still in existence.
The Cathedral, as taken from the c…
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Vikram Vikram
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An imposing gem on the Lincoln skyline Sep 25, 2013
When I first heard of Lincoln, the only ever reason I wanted to visit it was because of the Cathedral. So that really begs the question - well doesn't every quaint little European town have a Cathedral and a castle? Ermm...yeah, kind of! But this one's different.

To anyone who steps outside the Lincoln Railway station, the cathedral is visible, perched high on a hill and begging for a visit. I won't get into the technical details - you can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Cathedral.

You need to pay to visit the Cathedral and so decided to not go see the whole thing. But from what I could peek at, it looked good. The murals and carvings on the wall, grand stained walls, etc. The nave and the aisles looked grand, but nothing we haven't seen before.

The exterior décor though is something else - the grand entrance, the Norman side of the Cathedral, The Lincoln Imp and of course, the grandiose Bishop's Eye Rose window.

I took as many pictures as I could from behind the entrance line, and then headed out. Thought I'd visit the Bishop's Palace next door but again, was paid entrance (5 quid), plus wanted to get back to London asap so gave that a miss as well.

I would say the only 'problem' with this Cathedral is that it's become much of a tourist spot to an extent where locals appeared completely shut off, and put off by the attraction. It didn't help that a few locals were infact, even blaming commercialism for the so-called "downfall" of the Cathedral!

But all said and done, this was the highlight of my day's trip to Lincoln and suddenly, it felt so worth it!
The incredible tower - a mark of t…
Another shot of the Cathedral
Entering the Cathedral
Fancy carvings by the entrance
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joseph98 says:
Nice review Vikram. Lincoln Cathedral is one UK Cathedral I'm yet to visit, so I should probably try and see it some time...
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013
rsvpme says:
Nice work......as usual....
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013
wandafromtexas says:
the problem with most works of art..like the Taj...have tried to shoot inside...but...
Posted on: Oct 30, 2013

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