Lincoln Cathedral, which visitors can explore independently or by way of guided tours, was originally commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Access to the nave, services, and prayers at the Morning Chapel are free, but visitors can also pay a small fee to take a guided tour of the cathedral and learn secrets they might otherwise miss. Book tickets in advance for a stress-free day. Roof, tower, and library tours are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
History and architecture buffs won’t want to miss Lincoln Cathedral.
Secure access to the cathedral with a prebooked admission ticket.
Cathedral tours are held six times a day, except on Sundays. Tours of the roof and tower are held two and three times a day, respectively, Monday through Saturday.
Lincoln Cathedral is both wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, and wheelchairs are available at reception.
How to Get There
Lincoln Cathedral is conveniently situated in the heart of the city, making it easily accessible on foot, as well as by public transport or private vehicle. There are many parking lots close to the cathedral, while the Steep Hill Shuttle and several other bus routes stop nearby.
When to Get There
Services run throughout the day at Lincoln Cathedral, which is typically open from early morning until evening Monday to Saturday, with shorter hours on Sunday. If you’d like to take a guided tour, plan to visit any day except Sunday, when no tours are offered. Note that cathedral access can sometimes be restricted due to special events.
What to Do in Lincoln
Lincoln Cathedral may be a stand-out city attraction, but there’s plenty more to see and do in Lincoln. Purchase a cathedral and castle combination ticket for a convenient way to see two of the city’s top attractions, before exploring the quaint and historic Steep Hill street or heading west to the nearby Doddington Hall and Gardens. However, time-pressed travelers may prefer comprehensive city walking tours.
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