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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. To visit Lincoln Castle and other attractions in Lincoln, use our Lincoln vacation trip planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We brought friends to the castle to see the Domesday book. It's the first time it's been displayed outside of London and that's a fantastic opportunity to see history alongside the Charter of the Fore...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The castle is amazing, it covers a wide range of historical periods, including the Victorian prison included as part of the visitor attractions. The medieval weapon display provided by historical acto...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    I attended the Medieval Joust with my father as I am very interested in the medieval era. There were various activities throughout the day such as falconry, jousts and a fool. The fool was hilarious, ...  more »
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  • Great place for a day out. Went to the children's medieval festival. So many great things to see and do. The people/family offering the medieval activities on the grounds are very authentic. Even birds of prey can be seen (and probably be hold) - they do fly sometimes as well.
  • Over priced with nothing to show. Prison OK but I haven't been in for years. They have changed the pricing model recently, grounds are free but everything else isn't. Hint for owners reduce your prices and you will make more profit! Simple.
  • Well worth a visit - around two hours to walk the walls, view the old gaol and see the Magna Carta. I really enjoyed having a wander around. Once you've bought a ticket you can go in and out of the castle grounds which is useful if you want to visit some of the shops and deli's nearby. Highly recommended.
  • Recently revamped visitor experience. Great for kids and adults alike. A range of tickets to suit interests and pockets.
  • Having done part before we walked the relatively new Medieval Wall walk. Fine day so great views of Cathedral, city & country beyond. Audio guide strongly recommended Free, easy to use and gives great background inc sounds & images as you walk round. Adds to time but greater understanding.

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Where to stay in Lincoln

For easy access to Lincoln's historical sites, shopping, and entertainment, stay close to the old town center. An alternative option to pricey hotels, self-catering apartments offer spacious rooms and private parking, all within walking distance of the city's historical castle and cathedral. To escape the crowds and enjoy an authentic Lincolnshire experience, consider staying in the surrounding countryside, which is dotted with charming B&Bs and family-owned cottages.
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