Dominating Lincoln’s skyline with its Gothic architecture, Lincoln Cathedral is a must see for anyone visiting the city. Built in 1072 under William the Conqueror, the cathedral was the tallest building in the world between 1311 and 1549. Today, its spectacular vaults and rose windows remain as impressive as ever, and the cathedral offers something for everyone. While there, be sure to visit the cathedral’s library, one of only two designed by Sir Christopher Wren and home to an extensive collection of books dating from the 10th c. including a copy of the sermons of the Venerable Bede.
Tours of Lincoln Cathedral run throughout the year; book a floor tour of the cathedral to discover more of its history and architecture, or a roof tour which offers stunning views of the intricate stained glass windows. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the cathedral’s highest tower to get a magnificent view of the city and nearby Lincoln Castle. Younger ones love seeking out Lincoln's famous imp, a little devil overlooking St Hugh's shrine. According to legend he was turned to stone by angels for causing mayhem in the cathedral, and is the symbol of Lincolnshire and its football team.
Lincoln Cathedral is open all year round, and is located in the heart of the city centre. From the A46, follow signs for Lincoln Castle. Parking around the cathedral is limited to short stay on the south side in Minster Yard, but car parks can be found at Langworth Gate, St Paul’s Hill and near Lincoln Castle at Castle Hill.
Lincoln Cathedral's central location in the Bailgate area makes it the perfect starting point for exporing the rest of the city. When you get hungry, why not end your trip at one of the restaurants near Lincoln Cathedral? Go dine has rounded up a selection of the best places to eat near Lincoln Cathedral, making it easy for you to look through menus, photos and customer reviews. After you've picked from between the numerous restaurants around Lincoln Cathedral, you can book a table for free through us. From Greek to Moroccan food, Go dine takes the hassle out of finding restaurants close to Lincoln Cathedral. If you're looking to explore the rest of Lincolnshire, take a look at our regional pages for our suggestions for restaurants in Gratham, Skegness and Scunthorpe.
Did you know? Lincoln Cathedral took on the role of Westminster Abbey in the filming of The Da Vinci Code and Young Victoria.