Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace - English Heritage

An exterior shot of Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace
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Built in the late 12th century, the palace was one of the most important buildings in England. Its architecture and scale reflect the enormous wealth and power of the medieval bishops as princes of the church.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home, Sacred space

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

Admission charges

Adult £4.70
Child (5-15 years) £2.80
Concession £4.20
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £12.20


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  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments

Additional info

Visual display of the palace for people with walking disabilities.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Magna Carta Mayhem

  • 30 — 31 August 2015 11am-5pm *on now

To celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, travel back in time at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace! Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Medieval England. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered as Medieval combat is displayed in front of your eyes. Mini knights can pick a sword and advance in the childrens battle drill - will you be good enough to be knighted?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


English Heritage members Free
Adult £4.80
Child, 5-15 years £2.90
Concession £4.30
Family £12.50


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Power of the Medieval Church Discovery Visit

How did the Bishops of the Palace live, work and wield their power and influence? What did all this mean to ordinary folk? Find the answers on this interactive tour of the Palace.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 2, 3, History

How to obtain

Call 01604 735440 to arrange a 1 hour tour on weekdays during term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit for more information.

Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace - English Heritage
Minster Yard



Site Supervisor

Visitor Operations Manager


01522 527468

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