Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most spectacular Gothic buildings that held the record for the world’s tallest building for over two centuries. Enjoy exploring the magnificent exterior and interiors, colourful stained glass windows and discovering the famous Lincoln Imp. With free entry for children, Lincoln Students, and dogs, Lincoln Cathedral is the perfect place to visit with your entire family while discovering over 1000 years of history and culture.
Internationally acclaimed, one of Europe’s finest examples of Gothic architecture
Discover Lincoln Cathedral, the spectacular and globally iconic landmark. Standing tall over the city of Lincoln for hundreds of years and appearing in Young Victoria and The Da Vinci Code, Lincoln Cathedral is an awe-inspiring and magnificent landmark recognised all over the world. William Conquerer commissioned Remiquius de Fécamp, the first Bishop of Lincoln to build Lincoln Cathedral in the 11th century during the Norman invasion of Britain.
Lincoln Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world after the spire was added in 1311, overtaking the Great Pyramid of Giza until 1549 when the spire collapsed in a turbulent storm.
Despite the cathedral’s dramatic scale there are many small and intricate hidden surprises to discover, including the famous Lincoln Imp.
Lincoln Cathedral has been described as “out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have” by John Ruskin, leading Victorian art critic and writer. Lincoln Cathedral today remains recognised as one of the most precious pieces of architecture in the British Isles and on an international scale. Lincoln Cathedral is a must-see attraction when visiting the county.
Celebrating 950 years of Lincoln Cathedral.
Lincolnshire’s magnificent and treasured example of Gothic architecture that has stood tall over the city of Lincoln. Explore Lincolnshire’s heritage and experience an icon as never before – with their new visitor centre, shop and exhibition space that complement the story of the Cathedral’s 950 year-old story.
Lincoln Cathedral Tours
Lincoln Cathedral host free Floor Tours included in your entry throughout the year, as well as additional bookable tours covering various topics including: architecture, stained-glass, history and other stories, and Roof Top Tours where you can get a great view of the city of Lincoln and see the inner workings of the cathedral's architecture.
Gallery & Discovery Centre
As well as exploring the main Cathedral building, visitors can discover centuries of history in the exhibition gallery – where the internationally important Romanesque Frieze takes pride of place. In the Discovery Centre all members of the family can get hands on with history as they explore the engaging, interactive exhibits.
Free entry for children & students
Children under the age of 16 and Lincoln students can enter Lincoln Cathedral for free all year round. Younger children can also pick up an explorer’s backpack from the welcome desk to help interactively and creatively guide them through the Cathedral and to find the Lincoln Imp!
Medieval & Wren Libraries
There are many hidden gems located inside Lincoln Cathedral including the spectacular Medieval & Wren Libraries. Hidden above the cathedral cloisters is a beautiful, ornate library designer by Sir Christopher Wren, filled with precious 15th century books.
Lincoln Cathedral Experiences
Guided Roof Tour
Duration 1.5 hours
Price: £7.50 plus general admission fee
Explore the roof space of Lincoln Cathedral with views across the City. The friendly guides will show you the fascinating structures that hold up the roof of the Cathedral.
You'll get an insight into the workmanship required to build and maintain this stunning building. You’ll also get up close to the stained glass windows, visit one of the bell chambers and for those who are not afraid of heights, there is an opportunity to enjoy views down the full length of the Nave and across the City from the Cathedral’s West Front. If you love architecture, this tour is for you.
The Cathedral is open daily from Morning Prayer until the end of Evensong or Evening Prayer.
From time to time, Lincoln Cathedral will have restricted access to certain areas. This can be due to a number of reasons including services, events or maintenance.
entry & prices
Access to services is always free of charge.
Free entry to Lincoln Students (University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University, and Lincoln College - with valid ID)
*Donate your entry fee to the Cathedral and add gift aid in exchange for an annual pass (free access for 12 months)
If you are a companion or carer for a visitor with a disability, please let the Cathedral team know on arrival and they will provide complimentary admission.