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Lincoln Castle, Lincoln

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Built by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress, Lincoln Castle is noted for being the home of one of only four Magna Carta originals still in existence. Take a free guided tour of the site to explore over 900 years of dramatic historical events that took place in and around the castle and its grounds. Long used as a prison, the castle includes a rare example of a chapel designed for the so-called "separate system," meant to keep each prisoner in constant isolation. The chapel, with every seat separately enclosed, is the only one of its kind left in the world today. Be sure to check the castle’s calendar for an accurate list of upcoming events and available attractions. Work out when and for how long to visit Lincoln Castle and other Lincoln attractions using our handy Lincoln day trip app.
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  • Lovely castle in a wonderful location. Staff were friendly and helpful. The grounds were incredible and well maintained. Would recommend to anyone  more »
  • We didn’t have a lot of time so just walked around the grounds, which is free. Didn’t pay to go inside or do the castle walk which we’d wanted to do. No time. Maybe next visit!  more »
  • What a fantastic place to visit! Hubby and I spent a happy 4 hours here, with a tour included in the price with the fascinating Vic Hughes. There was also a film presentation on the Magna Carta...  more »
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  • Magnificent old building adjacent to the Cathedral, (which is currently under going restoration work). Castle offers outstanding views of the surrounding countryside from the walls which can be walked around. City itself is on a par with York and Norwich. Great place to visit.
  • Beautiful grounds really well looked after the place is immaculate. Plenty of seating to relax and take it all in. Admission free to the grounds if you just fancy a wander around and relax. Nice cafe and a good gift shop. Hard to believe your in a city. Well worth a visit.
  • Took my grandchildren here and had a great time! Entry to the castle is free, but if you want to see the prison and walk the wall around the perimeter of the castle then you have to pay. It's not possible to do the wall in a wheelchair as there are steps, but you can gain entry to the prison and other parts of the castle as there are lifts available. Great views from the castle walls and there is a cafe for refreshments, although a little on the pricey side. They have various shows on in the castle grounds during the school holidays. It's well worth visit, and would say most people spend around 3-4 hours here, and great for a picnic!
  • Fantastic visit, perfect for all ages. The old gaol has activities to keep you occupied and entertained (games, interactive screens, old fashioned outfits to try on - making history fun). You can do a guided tour or take things art your own pace. Great walk around the castle walls with amazing views... Some parts not ideal for those scared of heights! Car parks right next to the castle and a good sized cafe for lunch. Staff friendly and helpful. We'll be back!
  • Looked lovely, we only went into the grounds which are free to wander around. It was all very well kept. If we'd of had more time we would have done more. There is a wall walk you can do which looked really good as well as visiting the old jail in the grounds.
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