Lincoln Cathedral

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Lincoln Cathedral information

Lincoln , England
Minster Yard
+44 1522 561600
More information
adult/child £8/1 Mon-Sat, by donation Sun
Opening hours
7.15am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 6pm Sat & Sun, evensong 5.30pm Mon-Sat, 3.45pm Sun
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Towering over Lincoln like a medieval skyscraper, Lincoln's magnificent cathedral is a breathtaking representation of divine power on earth. The great tower rising above the crossing is the third-highest in England at 83m, but in medieval times, a lead-encased wooden spire added a further 79m, topping even the great pyramids of Giza.

One-hour guided tours take place at least twice daily; there are less-frequent tours of the roof and the tower. All are included in admission; booking is essential.

The vast interior of the church is too large for modern congregations – services take place instead in St Hugh's Choir , a church within a church running east from the crossing. The choir stalls are accessed through a magnificent carved stone screen; look north to see the stunning rose window known as the Dean's Eye (c 1192), mirrored to the south by the floral flourishes of the Bishop's Eye (1330). There's more stained glass in the three Services Chapels in the North Transept.

Beyond St Hugh's Choir, the Angel Choir is supported by 28 columns topped by carvings of angels and foliate scrollwork. Other interesting details include the 10-sided chapterhouse – where Edward I held his parliament and where the climax of the Da Vinci Code was filmed in 2005.

The best time to hear the organ resounding through the cathedral is during evensong .