Lincoln Cathedral



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An unusual claim that Lincoln Cathedral can apparently make, is that for almost 300 years it was the tallest building in the world. Not only is it large, it is also intricate. Almost everywhere is the most fine and detailed carving, demonstrating a workmanship that seems nearly impossible to believe. Children love to seek out the Lincoln imp, a grotesque figure carved into a pillar of the Angel Choir. This devilish figure became popular after the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) was presented with a cravat pin depicting the imp. Soon after that he won at the races, and gave the credit for his good luck to the figure on his pin. As well as its intricate and stunning stone work, the Cathedral also has close links with the RAF, and the Airman’s Chapel has four amazing stained glass windows. Photo credits: 1 – Malc Sellars; 2 – Dick Makin; 3 – Ian Bell; 4 – Jim Newton.

Lincoln Cathedral
Minster Yard,LINCOLN,LN2 1PX


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Induction loop, ramps; wheelchairs available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily; Jul–Aug, Mon–Fri 7.15am–8pm, Sat–Sun 7.15–6; Sep–Jun, Mon–Sat 7.15–6, Sun 7.15–5; Medieval and Wren Libraries open limited hours, Apr–Oct, Mon–Sat

About the area

Discover Lincolnshire

Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.


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