Lincoln attracts visitors for its cobble stone streets and majestic medieval architecture. The town is crowned with a beautiful cathedral and an unusual Norman castle. There is also a university here and a waterfront with a lively nightlife. The top attraction by far is the Lincoln Cathedral with its three great towers that dominate the skyline – one of which is the third highest in England at 81 meters. It is said that until a stormed topped its spire in 1547, the spire was an amazing 160 meters high. The front of the cathedral is adorned with gargoyles, kings, dragons, and hunters. There are one hour tours every day and tours of the towers are offered several times a week. Beside the cathedral are the imposing ruins of the 12th century Bishop’s Palace, which was destroyed during the Civil War. Highlights include a walled terrace garden with great views of the town below. Lincoln Castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and currently houses one of only four original copies of the Magna Carta. There are free tours of the castle every day. Lincoln’s art and archeology museum opened in 2005 featuring relics unearthed in the area including a wonderful Roman mosaic and artifacts from the Iron Age. Nearby is the historic Usher Art Gallery which has works by Peter de Wint, JMW Turner, and LS Lowry.