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Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincoln

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The Old Bishop's Palace is an historic visitor attraction in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire. When it was first built, in the late 12th century, it was at the centre of the vast Diocese of Lincoln, which stretched from the Humber to the Thames. The Palace was one of the most impressive buildings of medieval England, reflecting the power and wealth of Lincoln’s bishops. It is situated on a spectacular hillside site, just below Lincoln cathedral, providing extensive views over the city. The site lies immediately to the south of the Roman wall which had become the medieval defensive wall of the Bail, which enclosed both Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral. The palace was damaged during the Civil War and subsequently largely abandoned. During the period that followed the Bishop’s main residence was Buckden Palace in Huntingdonshire. In 1841, following the reduction in size of the Diocese of Lincoln, the Bishop moved to Riseholme, to the north of Lincoln. This proved inconvenient and Riseholme was sold. In 1886 an older building on the western side of the Palace enclosure was substantially rebuilt and enlarged in a Tudor revival style by the architect Ewan Christian. A further change occurred in 1888 when the architects Bodley and Garner rebuilt and converted the southern portion of the medieval Great Hall into a chapel for the Bishop.
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  • Being fairly local I had been to Lincoln many times and missed out of visiting the Palace. Finding time on a sunny Sunday afternoon we decided to pop in. We opted for the hand held audio tour which is...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the Palace. We had the audio guide. Got a bit confused where the first place we should be was. I would getdirections for that one from staff then plain sailing. Not a place for people w...  more »
  • Please update your signs - very confusing info given on boards outside. We turned up when closed as a result!  more »
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  • Really interesting place to look around we really enjoyed it well worth the visit if you are in Lincoln
  • Great place to visit, excellent staff - highly recommended
  • Very beautiful place with lots of history. Situated in the heart of Lincoln you need a whole day , if only, to explore it's beauty.
  • Beautiful heritage site, however the audio tour is rubbish and delivered like you are a 3 year old child. The ruins and the staff however are excellent
  • It's nice for a visit but very underutilised.