Lincoln Castle Information
Discover a world of rich history during your visit to Lincoln Castle, nestling in the heart of historic Lincoln.
The castle hosts an exciting events programme and offers free guided tours. These provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its castle.
The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world!
The New Castle Experience is highly recommended, really not to be missed, with magnificent views of Lincoln Cathedral, the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside from the extensive wall walks during your visit to the castle. Theres is lots to do including finding out about the violent past of medieval Lincoln, hangings, dungeons as well as interactive activities, craft courses, exploration, plenty of room to relax and for the children to play.
OPENING APRIL 2015 - The New lincoln Castle - Revealed: 1000 Years of Hidden History
Magna Carta - Icon of Liberty and Freedom
From April 1st you can now see the document that changed history
Medieval Wall Walk
360 deg walk a complete circuit of the castle walls, with audio tour and explore the dungeons.
Experience the hope and hardship of the victorian prison.
Lots of family interactive experiences, dressing up, touch screens and hidden stories.
Castle explorers club and holiday activities.
A brief history
By Norman times, Lincoln was the third city of the realm in prosperity and importance. The city even had its own mint for making coins. In 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle on a site occupied since Roman times.
One of the first structures on the site was the Lucy Tower motte and its bailey, to which another motte and stone walls were added early in the 12th century. These would have dominated the skyline along with the nearby Cathedral.
For 900 years the castle has been used as a court and prison. The coffin like pews in the chapel, were to remind prisoners of their fate and to ensure that they could not see each other. Many prisoners were deported to Australia and others executed on the ramparts.
A full picture of the ‘life’ of Lincoln Castle can be gained from the timeline in the downloads section.
Housed within the new Charters of Liberty exhibition the Lincoln Magna Carta is often thought of as the corner stone of liberty. Magna Carta is a series of concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons in 1215.
Visit the exhibition to learn more about this fascinating document and explore its themes to discover its relevance today.
Accommodation in the historic bailgate area next to the Castle and Cathedral
Castle Opening Times
April to September 10am to 5pm
October to March 10am to 4pm
Tickets (as of 1st April 15). Adult / Child
- All 3 - Magna Carta and Prison, Castle Wall Walk and the Cathedral. Return visit within 6 months. £16 / £10
- Castle All Incl. £12 / £7.20
- Magna Carta and Prison. £10 / £6
- Castle Walk. £5 / £3
For more information on the Castle and the Events for 2015, detailed prices inc. concessions, Please CLICK HERE