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When you stay in an accommodation that is so close to so many different tourist attractions it can be a bit difficult to try and fit all the local attractions into your short holiday schedule. Situated only 6 miles from the historic City of Lincoln, the Gables Guest House puts you in close proximity to all the activities that this historic locale has to offer. Two of the popular attractions in the city are the Lincoln Castle and the Lincoln Cathedral. Here we discuss the background about each of these popular sites as well as the things you can do at each one so you can make sure you allow plenty of time in your holiday schedule to experience all that these historic sites have to offer.
What is Lincoln Castle?
Constructed in 1068, the Castle was one of the first Norman mottle and bailey castles to be built in England by William the conqueror. Its construction took place following Williams’s victory at the Battle of Hastings back in 1066. In order to make room for the castle, 166 Saxon homes were destroyed in order for the castle to be constructed on top of an old Roman fortress, which at the time had been thought to a stronghold for a city considered to be the third most important in the country. The castle has two motes, which are raised and enditched areas of soil. It is one of two castles in the UK to have this unique feature. There is also a 14th century observatory tower and a 12th century shell keep, referred to as the Lucy Tower.
Things to do at Lincoln Castle:
While the events at the castle change throughout the year, there are a few activities that visitors must experience in order to get the most out of their trip to the Castle. One of the most important ones is to take one of the free guided tours that are sometimes offered . These tours offer guests a unique look into the history of the castle, as well as the history of the city of Lincoln in which the castle was built. The tour takes visitors on a journey from 1068 when the castle was first built, through to the Victorian times when he castle had been used as a prison. The castle is also home to one of four of the original copies of the Lincoln Magna Carta that dates back to 1215, as well as home to the Charter of the Forest. Both are historic documents that visitors must not miss when they come to the castle.
Hours and admissions fess:
Hours of operation for the castle vary from season to season. It is open from 10AM to 4PM in the months of October through March, 10AM to 5PM in the months of April and September and 10AM to 6PM in the months of May to August. Admissions fees are £6 for adults, with children under the age of 5 admitted for free. A family ticket plan is also available, and covers admissions for two adults and up to three concessions for £16; otherwise an individual concession costs £4. A Lincoln pass is also available for £12, and offers guests access to the castle as well as some of the other attractions in the area for a onetime fee.
What is the Lincoln Cathedral?
The cathedral had been known as the tallest building in the world for over 300 years, but despite its size, the cathedral is covered with intricate details that make it a must see on your visit to the historic City of Lincoln. Built by Bishop Remigius, the cathedral was the first to be built in the City of Lincoln, and was consecrated in 1092. Years later, in 1141 or earlier, there was a fire which did serious damage to the Cathedral. The Bishop at the time, Alexander ‘the magnificent”, was the one tasked with the rebuilding of the cathedral. Then in 1185, the cathedral suffered structural damage from an earthquake, and reconstruction began in 1192 by St Hugh who sadly passed in 1200, before the reconstruction to the Transept and Nave could be completed. In the year 1215, the battle of Lincoln fair took place in the shadow of the cathedral, which is the same year in which the Magna Carta was created, so it is only fitting that the cathedral be the owner of one of four remaining copies of this important document that is on display at the Lincoln Castle.
Things to do at the Lincoln Cathedral:
There are a wide range of things for visitors of all ages to see and do at the Lincoln Cathedral. Younger visitors love to locate the funny carvings, which include the famous Lincoln Imp, that exist throughout the cathedral. Another option would be to take the one of the many floor tours that the cathedral hosts. The tours cover various parts of the cathedral which include its history, architecture, and even a few entertaining stores are added in throughout the tours which run Monday through Saturday all year long.
The cathedral also offers roof tours which gives guests a wonderful view of the inside of one of the many cathedral roofs, while offering an up close look at the beautiful stained glass windows. Guests also have the opportunity to climb one of the towers of the cathedral via the tower tour. This tour takes guest up the tallest tower of the cathedral which provides an awe inspiring 360 view of the surrounding countryside. Guests should note that the tower tour is only available from the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday in October, so if this is something you would like to do on your visit, it is important to plan accordingly.
Hours and admissions fees:
Hours of operation for the cathedral change from season to season. From July through August the cathedral is open 7:15AM to 8PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:15AM to 6PM on Saturday and Sunday. Hours for September through June are 7:15AM to 6PM Monday through Sunday. Admission fees are £6 for adults, £1 for children, and for children under the age of 5, admission is free. There is also a family admission of £16, with concessions costing £4 each. The Cathedral is also part of the Lincoln pass multi attraction package, which offers guests access to the cathedral as well as some of the other attractions in the area for a onetime fee of £12.
It is almost impossible to explain all that these popular attractions have to offer in one sitting. Regardless of whether you choose to visit the Cathedral, the Castle or both, the experience you take away from it is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.