Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 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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  • Simon B
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place would visit again
    Excellent place, beware of the shop prices £1.80 for a can ok coke! 😂 otherwise brilliant. No one told us there was an audio tour you can buy to get the history as you walk around. Lovely castle, inscriptions in the walls dating back to 1200 Loved it. Walls 4.25 metres thick at the base! Pay to go in £10 it’s worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • N D
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom1,386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly Surprised
    There was a lot more to see at the castle than I was expecting, even though the building consists of a single tower. The views from the top are amazing. Slightly disappointed that we couldn’t get to the tilt yard. The church next door is an added bonus although not part of the National Trust
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Lucy P
    Colchester, United Kingdom173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the roof
    Lovely grounds and very friendly staff. The castle has limited exhibits inside but the layout and views are lovely. The shop is lovey and the book shop section is a great addition. Food and drink is the shop is limited selection wise. Lots of picnic tables. Views really are nice. They’d set up a trail for summer and some lawn games which was nice.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • musicjukebox
    Lincoln, United Kingdom162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different, unique, and a trendsetter
    Tattershall castle is unique and stunning, as a rare red brick castle. The castle also formed the architechtural inspiration for Eton College and Hampton Court Palace. There is a bonus free visit next door to the church, renowned for local real life Tom Thumb's grave * man who inspired the fairytale * and a nice small food offering.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Dariusz S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive castle
    This this impressive castle. It isn't huge, but it has a lot to offer for history lovers. We liked the fact the we were able to enter every level from basement to the top. Take your picnic if you want to stay for longer as there is no café on site.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing bit of history with views.
    We had a relaxing stop off here on our way to Skegness. The tower itself has several floors with information panels. The views from the top are just great, we had a clear day and you could see Lincoln Cathedral and Boston Stump as well as the local landmarks such as the RAF airbase. It's National Trust but isn't busy enough to warrant a cafe.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Bob L
    Banbury, United Kingdom274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A castle not to be missed - i has a wonderful history.
    Our party of 15 booked well in advance of our planned visit and we were made especially welcome by Nigel our guide who was dressed in costume of the period in which the castle had it hey day. It is the family home of the Cromwells ( not Oliver) and we were delighted to have in our party the sister of the current Lord Cromwell which made it all rather special. Our private tour was the last of six calls to historic Lincolnshire locations that our history group had made in and around Lincoln over a long weekend. It was a fitting end and the history of this impressive castle was given the full treatment for our benefit by Nigel. Thanks also to the reception team for looking after us so well.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 17, 2024
  • kaznshell
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice apart from the sarcasm
    My partner and I got a free pass thanks to the Martin Lewis website, (check it out folks, offer open till June), and went on a miserable grey day as we live not too far away on the east coast. The parking is free which is good, and on the way to the castle is a very nice church, a bit dishevelled but so peaceful. We then made our way to the castle, via the signs, to the entrance which is a separate building. Here is where the problem is. We were welcomed and our pass zapped, to be then told that the (only) toilets were way back from where we had just come. I can't understand why there is no sign letting visitors know this on the way over, as someone who is not so fit would struggle with this. A simple sign, that's all it needs. So we went all the way back to the toilet, and then all the way back to the entrance building, as the castle is roped off, so we assumed that the entrance to the actual castle was back through the building where we showed the pass. So we walked backed in and asked, to be told (and I quote) "it is out there to the left, the big red building in front of you". Now I've often wondered what makes people say rude, "jokey" things like that, when a simple, "it is just out there to the left" would suffice, and I have come to the conclusion that they must be very insecure, unhappy and embittered little beings. We didn't notice the gap in the rope as we have never been there before, this person works there everyday so they know where it is. If they hadn't had to do the directing to the toilet bit as part of their spiel, I would imagine we would have been directed which way to go after the welcome and information giving, as is the usual procedure. Tainted the visit for me, so they weren't the greatest ambassador for the National Trust. I work in a reception and I would never say something like that that to someone. The castle itself is great though, very interesting, and we got to go right to the top, where the views are excellent. All for free too!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
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Trevor S
Norwich, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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829apple
Stourbridge, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Great place, fantastic views. No cafe on site but does have toilets.
Highlight was watching the Eurofighters take off from the RAF base next door and practice their skills from the top of the castle. A free airshow !!!!!!.
Written August 27, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The rooms are largely devoid of decorations that would’ve once adorned them, although each does have at least some exhibits, information panels and largely retained the stained glass windows. The audience chamber on the second floor has a display of beautiful Flemish tapestries with Neoclassical themes. The second floor also has a room that was used as a dovecote and still retains the bird nesting boxes. One of the passageways on this floor has an elaborate Gothic ribbed vault which is all the more splendid as it’s built of bricks. The roof is open to visitors. Despite the steep climb to the top, it’s definitely worth it both for the views and to see another part of the building in excellent condition.

Tattershall Castle is an unusual fortified manor house built using bricks. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area and especially if you’re a national trust member. There’s also a car park for members which is also useful for the nearby Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity.
Written August 26, 2022
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mandy J
Norfolk, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Abi K
London169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
If you’re in the area, this is a must see. All you can see within the town is the castle so it’s pretty hard to miss it’s significant structure!

Car parking is easy and near by, entry is one way and once on the castle site you are free to explore where ever you wish. The structure is really robust and has several floors to experience. Information is readily available about historical life when the castle was used as well as information on its restoration.

It could occasionally get a little confined with people not wearing masks so for those conscious of covid, plan your visit time accordingly.
Written August 12, 2021
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kaznshell
nottingham3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My partner and I got a free pass thanks to the Martin Lewis website, (check it out folks, offer open till June), and went on a miserable grey day as we live not too far away on the east coast. The parking is free which is good, and on the way to the castle is a very nice church, a bit dishevelled but so peaceful. We then made our way to the castle, via the signs, to the entrance which is a separate building. Here is where the problem is. We were welcomed and our pass zapped, to be then told that the (only) toilets were way back from where we had just come. I can't understand why there is no sign letting visitors know this on the way over, as someone who is not so fit would struggle with this. A simple sign, that's all it needs. So we went all the way back to the toilet, and then all the way back to the entrance building, as the castle is roped off, so we assumed that the entrance to the actual castle was back through the building where we showed the pass. So we walked backed in and asked, to be told (and I quote) "it is out there to the left, the big red building in front of you". Now I've often wondered what makes people say rude, "jokey" things like that, when a simple, "it is just out there to the left" would suffice, and I have come to the conclusion that they must be very insecure, unhappy and embittered little beings. We didn't notice the gap in the rope as we have never been there before, this person works there everyday so they know where it is. If they hadn't had to do the directing to the toilet bit as part of their spiel, I would imagine we would have been directed which way to go after the welcome and information giving, as is the usual procedure. Tainted the visit for me, so they weren't the greatest ambassador for the National Trust. I work in a reception and I would never say something like that that to someone. The castle itself is great though, very interesting, and we got to go right to the top, where the views are excellent. All for free too!
Written May 16, 2024
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Shirley E
Dronfield, UK392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Wow it’s amazing. I love a good castle and this one certainly is a good castle. You can go right to the top and look out over the lakes area and see the moats properly. The rooms are mostly empty but when you read the facts about the building it is shown to be very impressive. There are other things to see here too, the Collegiate Church and the Almshouses. It’s a good day out but no cafe just refreshments to buy in the shop.
Written March 3, 2023
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Emma S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bob L
Banbury, UK274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our party of 15 booked well in advance of our planned visit and we were made especially welcome by Nigel our guide who was dressed in costume of the period in which the castle had it hey day. It is the family home of the Cromwells ( not Oliver) and we were delighted to have in our party the sister of the current Lord Cromwell which made it all rather special. Our private tour was the last of six calls to historic Lincolnshire locations that our history group had made in and around Lincoln over a long weekend. It was a fitting end and the history of this impressive castle was given the full treatment for our benefit by Nigel. Thanks also to the reception team for looking after us so well.
Written April 17, 2024
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