Tattershall Castle

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Tattershall Castle
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Tattershall Castle proudly rises from the flat Lincolnshire fens; a survivor of conflict, decay and restoration. Built of red brick in an era of stone, this fortified manor is one of the earliest and finest surviving examples of English medieval brickwork. A past home to Lords, ladies, soldiers and cows, the castle was built by the Treasurer of England, Lord Ralph Cromwell in the 1440s and saved for the nation by Lord Curzon of Kedleston in 1911. Take the winding staircase, wander through vast echoing chambers and walk out onto the battlements revealing the beauty of the Lincolnshire countryside. Eating and Shopping: Guardhouse shop selling hot and cold drinks, wrapped cakes, sandwiches, crisps, ice-cream, gifts and souvenirs. Picnics welcome. Making the most of your day: Free audio guides for children and adults. Events throughout the year, including Easter Egg fun, medieval re-enactments, open-air theatre and Christmas market. Accessibility: Site contains loose gravel paths (difficult for manual wheelchairs) and uneven grassy surfaces. Wheelchair access to the ground floor only. Access to the rest of the castle via a spiral staircase (149 steps) and steps to the basement. Dogs: Welcome on leads in the grounds only.
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merlinwizzard100
yorkshire69 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
What a find! Ok, as mainstream “castles” go, this lacks the magnitude and branding of say Warwick Castle. However, what it lacks in commercialisation, it more than makes up for in interest factor, authenticity and value for money. Located fairly off the beaten track, this gem is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Run by English Heritage, we visited in the run up to Halloween, and were very pleasantly surprised with the added decoration. On leaving the free car park, you follow a small path past a church, and towards what is the old keep. There are a number of levels to the keep and the 149 step ascent to the top affords fabulous views of the local countryside, and is really worth the effort. Your interest is kept along the way with various information boards, and little nooks and crannies to explore. Outside, there is a moat, and various picnic tables from where to enjoy your packed lunches. On exiting the attraction, there is a small bookshop of interesting used books at £1. For the sum of £13.50 for 2 adults and one child, it represents fantastic value for money, and we were suitably impressed. As it is in very close proximity to a local RAF airbase/runway, aviation enthusiasts may be catered for as an additional bonus with a display of fighter jet training. This is further enhanced by the castles elevated location. At £5 for adults, you would be hard pushed to expect better value for money. Winner all round. 5*
Written October 27, 2021
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK4,488 contributions
Oct 2021
Although there's only the one tower left intact there's still plenty to see. Three entrances lead to 1) the ground floor reception/public room, 2) the stairs to the other floors with state and private rooms and 3) steps down to the cellar / part-time dungeon.

The stairs do eventually lead to the roof - if you have the energy! The views around from the top include Lincoln Cathedral and Boston Stump.

There's information as you go round describing the castles inhabitants and some of its history. Well worth a visit.
Written October 24, 2021
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Emma S
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Beautiful castle, the admission charges are very reasonable, (which is important as we have a tight family budget) our 6 year old enjoyed the Halloween trail, (which was only £1) and loves his feather pen prize.
Staff very kind and friendly.
We read a couple of stories about castles, and an Usborne book of castles before we went and it really helped our son, he had fun imagining being a Knight, and learnt a little bit of history along the way.
Would be great if the castle had some child friendly info. We will donate a couple of stories and our castle facts book., if you visit with young children have you got a story to take to read while you are there or maybe one to donate?
Written October 23, 2021
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Vacationer599617
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wow, This place is totally undersold!!! We saw the rather uninspiring write up on the National Trust website but decided to visit anyway. So glad we did, it is amazing! Very good information plus I bought the guide book. Really interesting and fabulous views from the top, the fighter jets at nearby RAF Conningsby gave a great aerial display too! The staff were friendly and welcoming and the loos must be the cleanest in the entire country! Car parking was nearby and free. Really recommend this castle.
Written October 20, 2021
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Trevor S
Norwich, UK10 contributions
Oct 2021
Very early brick built castle with good views, and spacious church nearby containing rare monumental brasses.
We drove there in our motorhome. On arrival there were lots of overhanging tree branches on the approach road and in the car park. These kept catching and scraping the roof making maneuvering difficult. Pruning back to allow a pathway for high vehicles very recommended.

The castle construction is fascinating as its built from local brick, and was surprised they had the skill and number of bricklayers needed for such a large project in the 15 century.
The spiral staircase was a bit tricky to climb if you meet someone comming the other way. An inner hand rail would improve safety.

Quite enjoyable visit.

The church has quite a chequered history, being left derelict in the past. The brasses are interesting because not many survived Cromwell.
As we are NT members, can't comment on if admission charges are reasonable.
Written October 16, 2021
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Sam B
Lydd, UK321 contributions
Oct 2021
Managed to fit a quick visit in. The castle was amazing, the history of the castle informative. Great place to visit.

Worth the visit
Written October 14, 2021
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mandy j
Norfolk, UK25 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful site and picnic area. Very much for adults or older children that find history appealing.
All the floors leading up to the roof top had information covering the history and its activity or purpose. Well enjoyed and if you can make it up to the top without feeling light headed, the views are well amazing and spectacular.
Written October 11, 2021
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mumroles
Hampshire, UK40 contributions
Oct 2021
Just recovering from a blood clot so wasn’t sure I’d manage the 5 floors but met a lady who had a kidney transplant months ago and she did it so. I DID! Took my time and the view was worth it, got hubby to go up first to see what it was like ! So chuffed. Not much furniture in but warm! The reception also had lots of books in which I like, and a very pleasant young lady working there. You can so go in the church just before the castle beautiful stained glass windows, a place to be quiet and they also had nice bits of cakes to buy! Yum!
Written October 2, 2021
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Lauren358
Sheffield, UK18 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Lovely place to visit with family. Lots of history behind this castle, with the story told inside. Climb up the 149 steps to see the stunning view from the top. Dogs are also allowed in the grounds and in the shop which is great as it is a lovely place to walk around.
Written September 26, 2021
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Les G
39 contributions
Sep 2021
The only toilets are to the left before you pay to enter. Lovely unusual brick built castle with two moats, a guard house/shop/reception and ruins of outbuildings. Inside the castle it's as it was when repaired and a new roof was put on. Rooms are mainly bare but some have a few pieces of furniture in and there are some tapestries. The church next door and the information about bats was interesting.
Written September 14, 2021
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