Lincoln Cathedral

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Minster Yard, Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln Cathedral Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
129 reviews
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
312 reviews
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:

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 usual....
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013
wandafromtexas says:
the problem with most works of the Taj...have tried to shoot inside...but...
Posted on: Oct 30, 2013
Airpunk Airpunk
502 reviews
Lincoln Cathedral Mar 11, 2011
Among England‘s Cathedrals, Lincoln has probably one of the most majestic, architecturally interesting and beautiful examples. Lincoln Cathedral is the result of clerical politics right after the Norman Conquest. William the Conqueror wanted to install his fellows in powerful positions and restructure the country in a Norman feudal manner. That included the creation of new dioceses or the restructuring of old ones. Furthermore, Lincoln Cathedral was built – like continental Cathedrals - in the city centre instead of next to a monastery which was the usual way in Anglo-Saxon England.

Construction began right after the year of the conquest in 1067 but fires, storms and construction faults made rebuilding and restoring necessary well into the 16 th century. This includes the reconstruction of the collapsed crossing tower between 1307 and 1311. The new spire reached a height of 160 metres which made it the first building to be higher than the Pyramides of Egypt. Lincoln Cathedral was the world’s highest building until 1549 when the spire collapsed. The head behind the expansion and reconstruction in the 12 th century was St. Hugh of Avalon, his grave is one of the main points of interest in the Cathedral.

Lincoln Cathedral is full of small architectural details. The most famous are the Lincoln Imp, one of many decorations in the choir. The little imp attracted particular attention and became the city’s mascot and trademark. The vaults in the south apse are spectacular and known as “crazy vaults”. Other points of interest are the grave of “Little Saint Hugh” which marks out the dimensions of blood libel and anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages.

Plan around 1 1/2 hours for the Cathedral, add more if you are doing a guided tour. Entry fee is 9.00 GBP, there are combi tickets with the castle. A free guided tour is included in the ticket. Other tours (like roof or tower tours) are available as well, but have to be booked through the desk in the Cathedral, over the phone or online. All information as of 2017.
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Baptismal font, Lincoln Cathedral
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"Crazy Vaults", Lincoln Cathedral

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