Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this library was once praised as being “the most beautiful room in England” by historian Sir Roy Strong. One look at the timber-framed, book-lined interior and the intricately decorated roof and you can see why scholars come from all over the country to study the historic pages of works like the Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Located within Lincoln Cathedral – high up on the hill above this chocolate box city – you can easily read away the hours as you immerse yourself in the historic collection of manuscripts and books; relics from medieval times. Some are even older than the building they sit in, including a copy of Bede’s Homilies from the 10th century.

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