Lincoln Castle

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Castle Hill, Lincoln, United Kingdom
01522 782040

Lincoln Castle Reviews

Vikram Vikram
312 reviews
Not the best in the world, but affordable enough for a looksee Sep 25, 2013
And so we have it - the Castle that's 2nd only to Lewes as being one of the few remaining castles in England with a motte. A what?? Well we have the definition for you here -

Outside of that, the Castle is easy to locate. There are 2 big attractions in Lincoln, the Castle and the Cathedral and both are on opposite sides of each other in Castle Hill, that's at the end of the Steep Hill road (which is at the end of the high Street). So yes, easy!

The day I went unfortunately was a bad day as there was major renovation work going on in the Castle and as result of which, I wouldn't be let into the buildings. I later found out it that wasn't just this day, but it'll be renovated for the next few months, some work of which includes a new spanking display for the Magna Carta.

That left me with pretty much a boring garden, the ramparts (again, partially closed due to construction) and the much talked about statue of George III and the Eleanor Tree. I probably spent about 15 grand minutes here, and that too, 10 of which were spent by one of the towers taking fabulous pictures of the Cathedral!

I'd love to recommend the place but frankly, I don't know much about it myself!
Front view of the main building
George III
Garden by the ramparts (See the co…
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X_Drive says:
Not only do you miss the best parts, but writing a review is just sad. And you probably missed some great photos too!! You did nicely on yours though. :D
Posted on: Nov 01, 2013
Vikram says:
Tell me about it!
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013
X_Drive says:
Isn't it frustrating to go to a nice site and find it closed due to work. :(
Posted on: Oct 31, 2013
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Airpunk Airpunk
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Lincoln Castle Mar 11, 2011
Lincoln Castle was once an important medieval stronghold with a complex of buildings. Like similar strucutres, it was built in the late 11th on order of William the Conqueror as a base and symbol of power. Lincoln Castle played a role in the struggle between Empress Maud and King Stephen as well as in the war between King John and the Barons. In the 18th and 19th century, the castle was converted into a prison and several new buildings were added.

The Victorian prison buildings have been largely preserved in its original state and house exhibitions about the prison as well as a very good exhibition about the Magna Carta. Of course, the Magna Carta itself is present as well - it is one of only four preserved original copies worldwide. Activities for children to learn the importance of basic rights are available, but to find a puzzle where the result was a picture of Josef Stalin was also amusing for me. Most of the medieval structures are open to the public, including some defense towers and most of the smaller buildings. The inner court as a couple of small details to discover, including an intereting bust of King George III and an 18th century graffitti. A part of Lincoln Castle is used for legal affairs (court and prison) and is not open to the public - unless you have comitted a crime, of course...

Tickets cost 6 GBP (2011) with discounts for groups and children. A free audioguide is available for rent, but there are free guided tours as well. The Castle is - after the cathedral - the most important site to see at Lincoln and well worth a visit.
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Court Building, Lincoln Castle
Bust of King George III, Lincoln C…
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