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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Lincoln is one of the classic cities that should be visited. We were lucky to have the sunny weather on this visit, the place oozes character and history. Take the open bus tour, go into the main venues and soak up as much as possible. You'll need to be fit as it's hillier than most think. The Norman's chose the site for its views over the surrounding land. As did the Romans.
  • Wonderful historical buildings and grounds. Well worth getting the all inclusive ticket which not only allows you to visit the Magna Carter vault, the Victorian Prison and do the wall walk but allows you to have a free second visit within 6 months of the purchase date. (Not valid if other events are being held) Well worth a visit. I'm a local and still enjoy visiting. You can also purchase an all inclusive ticket which also allows access to the cathedral too.
  • Friendly, helpful staff. Everywhere clean and tidy and great to have a pram park so you can explore all the walls without worrying about pushchair. My 4 year old daughter and 60+ dad both enjoyed our morning there as much as each other
  • Unique and amazing historic tour. It was awesome to see the magna carter and learn more about the history. Lovely views from atop the tower. Can see the cathedral from up high. Great place for those who enjoy learning history, seeing and experiencing historic sites and museums.
  • Some fascinating history here and plenty to keep you occupied for an hour or three. Would recommend one of the regular free walking tours! Ticket price is quite high for what it is, but buy a combo ticket with the Cathedral for a reasonable discount.

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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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