Lincoln is an attractive cathedral city in the East Midlands in England.
We found ourselves there at the weekend on our drive back up north. Always wanting to visit new places, this turned out to be a perfect destination.
We centred our short stay around visiting Lincoln Cathedral but, to be honest, it’s hard not to!
The 12th century cathedral dominates the skyline with its glorious gothic towers. We pre-booked the 2pm Roof Tour where a group of us were taken up into the rafters of this mighty church by the informative and passionate, Neville. The tour began in the vast nave and, while Neville gave us a fascinating potted history of the cathedral, we gazed up into the high, vaulted ceiling knowing we were going above it.
The tour lasted about an hour and a half. During that time, we explored the roof above the main body of the cathedral while Neville explained what we were looking at a vast amount of very old wooden beams and a lot of lime mortar. The wonderful scent from the old wood up there was incredible. I was informed later that it only smells like that in the summer because the warmth releases the natural aroma from the wood.
We managed to persuade Neville (I think he loves showing it off!) to take us up above the spectacular chapter house too.
This wonderful polygonal building was used as a stand-in for Westminster Abbey in the Da Vinci Code film and is rather awe-inspiring when you first enter it. The stained glass windows around the chapter house tell the history of the cathedral in a kind of jewelled, pictorial timeline. The roof above it is just as remarkable as the rafters form a complex umbrella arrangement.
After the tour we spent the rest of the day having a good look around the cathedral, even managing to find the cheeky Lincoln Cathedral Imp.
We sat in the sunshine having a cup of tea in the peaceful cloisters while the cathedral’s peregrine falcons swooped and screeched above us. As the afternoon drew on, the Cathedral filled with the majestic sound of the music from the choir during one of their practice sessions.
It costs £6 to fully visit the cathedral (you can enter and see the main nave for free, and it's free to worship) and the tours are included in the entrance fee, so it's great value.
You should book early though for the tours as there are limited spaces.
Travel tip shared by Vagabond Baker