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Top 10 Things To Do In Lincoln Cathedral

Being such a large, beautiful and prominent building, it’s difficult to select a ‘top 10’ things to see and do in Lincoln Cathedral. However, we’ve managed to pick out just a few of the highlights:

1. Take a Guided Tour

Take one of the fantastic guided tours of Lincoln Cathedral.

Your admission fee includes a guided floor tour. For an extra fee, you can also take one of the roof tours, tower tours, historic graffiti tours and outdoor tours.

2. See the Dean’s and Bishop’s Eye

Stand at the Crossing (in front of St Hugh’s Choir) and look to your left and right.

You will see two magnificent Rose Stained Glass Windows. To your left is the Dean’s Eye, guarding against the powers of darkness. On your right is the Bishop’s Eye, welcoming the light of salvation.

3. Visit the Service Chapels

There is a chapel for each of the three armed forces. The soldiers, the seaman’s and the airman’s. All are beautifully decorated and very poignant.

The chapels contain the Role of Honour for all servicemen and women who have died for this country since 1914.

4. Spend Time in St. Hugh’s Choir

St Hugh's Choir at Lincoln Cathedral

Built between 1192-1210/15, St Hugh’s Choir is often described as, ‘a church within a church’.

Still used today for daily worship, the exquisitely carved stalls surround three sides of the choir.

Other stunning features include the Bishop’s Seat, the Canon’s stall and the seats of the Chapter members.

5. See the Lincoln Imp

Legend has it that the devil was jealous of the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral. So, he sent three of his imps to wreak havoc.

The imps did indeed cause chaos. They smashed tables, tripped the Bishop and threw stones at the angel statues in the Angel Choir.

The most troublesome imp sat high up where an angel turned it to stone at that spot. Today, the Lincoln Imp remains forever immortalized.

But can you find him?

6. Visit the Tomb of St. Hugh

Visit the tomb of St Hugh, the founder of Lincoln Cathedral.

7. Go to the Chapter House

The Chapter House has had an important role in the Cathedral’s life. Used in the 1220’s for meetings of the Cathedral’s Chapter, it has also hosted Parliament and special events.

More recently, Hollywood came to the Chapter House while filming The Da Vinci Code.

8. Explore the Libraries

Explore Lincoln Cathedral’s two beautiful libraries – the Medieval ‘chained’ Library and the elegant Sir Christopher Wren Library. For more information, please click here.

9. Listen to the Choir

Listen to the fabulous Lincoln Cathedral Choir during Evensong – a most memorable experience.

10. Take in the Views

Stroll around the outside of the cathedral, taking in the beautiful Gothic architecture. Then, treat yourself to a delicious cake and welcoming hot drink at the quaint Cloister Refectory. If the weather is warm enough, go outside into the Cloisters to enjoy your treat – the view is spectacular! Also ensure you visit the beautiful, recently opened Dean’s Green, which is now open to the public for the first time in over 40 years!

If you enjoyed our ‘Top 10 Things To Do In Lincoln Cathedral’, read about its famous history on our Lincoln Cathedral History page. We also have information on The Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Guided Tours and find hotels near Lincoln Cathedral. You may also want to read about Lincoln Cathedral’s next door neighbour, Lincoln Castle.

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