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www.english-heritage.org.uk/28th Mar - 30 Sept; Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm open
1st Oct -31st Oct open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
1st Nov - Mar 2011; Weekends only 10am - 4pm.
Closed 24 - 26th Dec & 1st Jan.
* nearest parking is in Minsters yard
To get the full glory of the garden and vineyard the best time to visit will be between July and September. But to visit in autumn means you see seas of autumnal colours flood the garden and vineyard, whilst basking in the glory of the south facing gardens.
Disabled access is available to exhibition area. Hidden gem of a medieval palace, located on the right of the Cathedral Outstanding views of Lincoln, offering excellent views of the peirguin falcons and regular air displays in Lincoln Award-winning audio tour; which immerses you into the site deep and rich history Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace has the only official Vineyard within all English Heritage properties and Lincoln city. The vines were donated by Naustradt in Germany and the three varieties - Ortega, Muller Thurgau and Madelaine Sullvaina - are all white grape from the north side of the Rhine. When it was first planted in 1972 it was the most northerly vineyard in Britain, and it is now one of three
Medieval Christmas Market (first week of December)
Magna carta - steep hill slug and lettuce - the strait
Old palace hotel - Lincoln White Hart -Lincoln Accommodation (name, town)
Scampton- daily red arrows displays Waddington - local air shows Gainsborough- Old hall
For a public garden its extremely small, just 30 metres by 18 metres, but because of its elevated position above the city it feels paradoxically both intimate and expansive. It's possible to stand and watch the peregrine falcons, which have recently started nesting on the spires of the Cathedral, hunt over the plain and feel that you too are soaring above the landscape
In 1329 Bishop Burghesh acquired land alongside the Palace to build a garden. Although the plans have been lost it's assumed that vegetables, fruit and flowers would have been grown here like numerous ecclesiastical gardens of the medieval period.
Writings about the garden surface over the next few hundred years with tantalising details of how it once might have looked. In 1647, despite the Palace having been severely damaged in the English Civil War, there were still high mounted longe walks on one side, set with fruit trees, and....a green court, bowling Greene, orchard, a garden.'
In the 19th century, illustrations show there was a kitchen garden but again records were lost so it's hard to know in any detail what would have been grown here. By the end of the 20th century, the site was looking rather sorry with a derelict pre-fabricated bungalow, once the home of the Palace custodian, obscuring the view.
In 2000 plans were drawn up to create a garden here once again, a small contemplative green space overlooking the rolling plain of Lincolnshire where the winds come straight from Siberia.
Landscape architect, Mark Anthony Walker has carefully linked the lands use as a garden through the centuries to the Cathedral nearby to create a contemporary yet peaceful space.
You arrive in the garden through the labyrinth of the ruined Bishops' Palace, emerging from the darkness of a cold stone room with a vaulted ceiling, down a flight of ancient steps, and then through a gap in the thick Medieval wall into the light. Because it's on a south-facing slope you first see the garden from above.
At the back of the terrace is a buttressed Roman wall which, in summer, is self-seeded with red Valerian ( Centranthus ruber) - highly appropriate as this tough, opportunistic plant gets its name from an ancient Roman family, the Valerii.
From the viewing platform your eye immediately picks out nine tightly clipped hornbeam ( Carpinus betulus) piercing the air like the spires of the Cathedral. Narrow weathered brick paths at precise geometric angles running between the trees echo the intricacy of the ribs supporting the Cathedral's ceiling. Each tree is sunk into a circlet of polished stainless steel, like the architectural bosses where the ribs intersect.
If this sounds overly complicated its not. You're reminded of the elegant workmanship of medieval craftsmen, such as the silversmiths who made the chalices and communion plates and the stonemasons who sent ambitiously tall towers into the air.