The Cathedral was once the highest man-made building in the world, higher than the Great Pyramids of Egypt, but the steeples which made it so have long since been removed.
It consists of 3 towers and was destroyed by fire in 1141 and then by an earthquake in 1185.
With its fine Gothic style the present building has tours Monday to Friday of the floor and roof.
At various times during the summer there are also Tower tours. It is recommended that you pre book your tour which is free, although you have to pay the entrance fee for the cathedral.
The walled Castle area contains within its area the former Georgian/ Victorian prison, a building which is well worth a visit.
In particular the chapel where you can see the wooden partitions which restricted prisoners from seeing other inmates and allowing them only to view the priest performing the service.
Free guided tours are available each day with guides from the “Friends of Lincoln Castle” giving their services free.
These tours around the prison and on the Castle Walls last about one hour.
History is mixed with the present as Lincoln Crown Court still operates from inside the castle walls.
At times during the year the grounds inside the walls are used for various attractions, examples being falconry displays and medieval jousting.
Lincoln Cathedral owns one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta, the charter signed by King John in 1215 which gave constitution law to England.
It is normally housed in Lincoln Castle, but at present is on tour whilst a £22million restoration is completed which should be open in Spring 2015.
During excavation work a 1,000 year old stone coffin was discovered with a skeleton inside which is undergoing carbon data testing.
The castle and cathedral are musts for your visit to Lincoln, both having guided tours available.
The Cathedrals website; lincolncathedral.com