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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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Where to stay in Lincoln

For easy access to Lincoln's historical sites, shopping, and entertainment, stay close to the old town center. An alternative option to pricey hotels, self-catering apartments offer spacious rooms and private parking, all within walking distance of the city's historical castle and cathedral. To escape the crowds and enjoy an authentic Lincolnshire experience, consider staying in the surrounding countryside, which is dotted with charming B&Bs and family-owned cottages.
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  • A place to reflect and contemplate Has a very calming effect - Delicious food Staff very friendly and interesting to talk to  more »
  • a good visit around the old hall to see how life was like many years ago .good view of Lincoln and nice garden areas  more »
  • As with all almost ruined historic places one does have to use a vast amount of imagination and when we visited there were quite a few places that were out of bounds (but no reduction in the admission...  more »
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  • Really interesting place to visit. If you go make sure you take the audio tour (no extra charge) as it really brings the place to life.
  • Really historic place and stunning views over lincoln
  • 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
  • Beautiful views and brilliant place for a family day out