Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral punctuates the city skyline and can be seen for many miles, it was once the tallest building in the world (before the central spire fell down in 1548).

About this church

Once inside, there is so much more to see from the vast space of the nave, the lofty Angel Choir, the intricately carved choir screen, the soaring vaulted roof of the Chapter House, the many stained glass windows to the various small chapels.

Bishop Hugh of Avalon, later known as St Hugh of Lincoln, oversaw the rebuilding of the Cathedral from 1186 following an earthquake that had caused damage the previous year. A statue of him can be found on top of the southern turret. On the opposite turret can be found the statue of the Swineherd of Stow, a poor man who gifted a peck of silver pennies, earning himself a commemoration at the same level as St. Hugh.

Above the cloisters is the Medieval Library, with its 15th oak reading desks and the Wren Library, designed by Sir Christopher Wren to house the book collection of Dean Honywood and built in c1674.

Two large rose windows can be found at either end of the transepts, known as the Bishop’s Eye and the Dean’s Eye.

The Lincoln Imp can be seen high in the Angel Choir and is a symbol of the city with many mythical tales attached, including that this small devil was turned to stone by the angels for causing havoc inside the Cathedral

The armed services chapels are in the north transept. The Soldier’s chapel is dedicated to St George, the Seaman’s chapel to St Andrew and the Airman’s chapel to St Michael.

The Father Willis organ has been restored recently and can often be heard as can the Cathedral Choirs.

Lincoln Cathedral was a beacon of homecoming for many aircrew during the Second World War and was a vital part of navigation. Three memorial books contain the names of 25,611 men who flew from Royal Air Force Stations in or near Lincolnshire, all of whom were members of the many groups of Bomber Command. There are also four memorial windows. The International Bomber Command Centre Memorial can be seen in the distance.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Muddy boot friendly
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

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St Michael

Rebuilt on the site of the medieval church, which was destroyed by a bomb on the night of 8th/9th May 1941, St Michael’s is built of concrete with Ancaster stone facings outside.

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St Germain

St Germain's church is set in the centre of the quiet village of Scothern, about six miles northeast of Lincoln.

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