February 16, 2011 1.57 pm This story is over 157 months old

Guildhall opens doors for free visiting

Freebie: The Guildhall joins other Lincoln attractions in opening its doors to visitors for free for a weekend in March.

The Guildhall on Lincoln’s High Street has joined a county-wide event in March, opening its doors for free to visitors for a weekend only.

A priceless sword, the Mayor’s parlour and an ‘old debtors’ prison are just some of the things visitors can see when the Guildhall opens its doors March 5 and 6.

The event is part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, which as previously reported will see the Cathedral and Collection museum offer free entry to visitors.

The Guildhall has been used since 1520, occupying the whole second floor of the Stonebow, and still plays host to Full Council meetings and City Council events.

It houses numerous pieces of regalia, including the sword of Richard II, which was gifted to the city and the Mayor’s posy ring, which is only worn on two occasions.

The posy ring is worn when the Mayor is married to the city at the annual Mayor Making event and on the Mayor’s ‘official’ birthday, a custom dating back to 1852.

Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Geoff Kirby, said the Guildhall is an incredibly well-known building, as it stretches across the High Street.

“I’m sure many people pass under it every day without even thinking about it.

“Taking the time to step inside will give visitors an insight into the rich history of the building itself and the treasures it holds,” Kirby added.

Guided tours of the Guildhall will be given on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday March 6 at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

On the same weekend, the Cathedral will offer free entry to the rarely opened Library exhibition from 11am to 3pm.

The Natural World Centre at Whisby Nature Park will showcase wildlife from the lakes on a floating bridge and climb wood exploratory towers for free.

The Collection Museum will also be doing guided tours of The Collection and Usher Art Gallery for free, as well as re-enactment of Roman life.

Source: City of Lincoln Council