Lincoln Castle
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Three great attractions. One great day out. Medieval Wall Walk. Victorian Prison. Magna Carta. Enjoy spectacular views across Lincolnshire from our completed Medieval Wall Walk. Visit the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault and see one of only four remaining original Magna Carta along side the Charter of the Forest. Immerse yourself in the lives of prisoners and their daily routines in the Victorian Prison and see the unique separate system chapel. 1000 years of history - where it happened. Winter Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 Summer Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,532 contributions
May 2022
On a day trip from the West Midlands to see a show so we decided to go up early and have a look around the castle. When it comes to castles it can go either way with a rundown wall passing as a castle or something well preserved and fortunately Lincoln Castle is the latter.

We got here around lunchtime and had a little look inside before joining a 2.00pm guided tour, which was most informative and took us around the grounds giving us the history of the castle and that of Lincoln. After the tour we walked the ramparts and got a great view, particularly of the Cathedral. Follow this up with a viewing of the Magna Carta and the Prison and this is a great way to spend a few hours.

Access to the grounds themselves is free and on this Saturday in May was very busy with locals taking in the surroundings and the lovely weather.

The online booking is the time your tour takes place with the Magna Carta, Prison and Wall Walk available whenever you like, all for the entrance price of £15.00. Highly recommended.
Written July 27, 2022
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Wow! 'A Top Quality Castle' we might use that in the future. Thank you so much and we are delighted you enjoyed everything Lincoln Castle has to offer. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written August 2, 2022
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,004 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited the city of Lincoln and its castle whilst on route to North Yorkshire in a planned break to our journey. We had an afternoon to explore the city and arriving by car, had used the park & ride system to reach the Cathedral area.
We had intended to visit the castle but on the day it was being prepared for a ceremony involving the presentation of university graduation diplomas that weekend and so the grounds were being filled with large marquees. This coupled with the entrance fee of £15 each and the limited amount of time we had available made a visit an unattractive proposition. However, it was possible to explore the castle grounds within the curtain walls and to see the impressive sleeping ‘Dragon’ seemingly emerging from the walls and animated to blow smoke and roar periodically.
Written October 3, 2022
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We are disappointed you were unable to enjoy a visit to Lincoln Castle on this occasion and hope that you might find yourself in Lincoln in the future and will be able to visit then. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written October 5, 2022
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Stephen C
Suffolk, UK33 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
A weekend in Lincoln and planned to visit the castle and cathedral if nothing else. Our trip coincided with a 30/40s weekend, with music dancing, cars and all manner of retro dressed visitors, great fun, but it did mean our day was longer than anticipated and we would nit have done the castle credit. So we came back the following day, Lincoln was still in 1930s mode and the castle had a family picnic weekend in the castle grounds. Excellent atmosphere, children having a great time. We paid £14 each ( a little steep considering there is no deal to visit both the castle and the cathedral) but walked the walls with great views and a lot of information from the audio handset. We toured the prison with an introduction from a very informative guide and then saw the Magna Carta in its vault. We had a great day, would go back and seeing the Magna Carta made it all worthwhile. Certainly recommended.
Written July 24, 2022
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Than you for your recommendation, so pleased you had a great day at Lincoln Castle. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written August 2, 2022
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Borgtrip
Stoke-on-Trent, UK85 contributions
Jun 2022
Great castle, tour and interesting prison, but as a wheelchair user was present, it was not value for money.

We were told at the ticket office that as there there were a few lifts out of order, the places we could visit was limited, but because of this, they would give the carer free access, which we already thought was free for a carer anyway. They should have offered a reductuon for the wheelchair user, but they did not

We were notthat impressed as we thought the carer was meant to be free anyway, and should not used as a selling point for us to buy tickets!

The tour guide Anthony gave a very interesting tour around the castle grounds

The prison was equally impressive, but out of order lifts made it a very limited visit

The wall had impressive views but only a very part was accessible so it wasn't really worth the effort

I can not recommend the paid-for parts of the castle as they were not accessible due to the lift problems, but, the rest of the castle grounds were fine, and so was the cafe
Written June 17, 2022
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Apologies that you had a disappointing visit to the Castle - please get in touch vis the Lincoln Castle email account so that we can discuss this further. lincoln_castle@lincolnshire.gov.uk Best wishes Lincoln Castle
Written June 23, 2022
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fivedays2016
Bedfordshire, UK230 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Our first visit to Lincoln and we really enjoyed exploring the castle. We bought a day ticket online (there was a discount, making it just over £25 for a couple) This ticket allows you access for the whole day and you can go out and come back in again. It includes the prison (which was really interesting) viewing the Magna Carta and access to the wall walk which gives great views of the cathedral and the city. We were so lucky with the weather - blue skies and sunshine. We also joined an hour long tour with a guide called Malcolm (included in the day ticket) He was really knowledgable and friendly and the tour really enhanced our visit. Due to Covid restrictions only 6 are allowed at a time, and it’s first come first served. There’s a very nice cafe which serves drinks and snacks, only takeaway at the moment but there’s plenty of seating outside plus benches in the castle grounds etc. All in all a very enjoyable day out.
Written September 2, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. It sounds like you really enjoyed your visit and I'm so pleased the weather was kind. The guided tours only started up again yesterday so you were lucky to be able to take advantage of it! With best wishes from Lincoln Castle.
Written September 2, 2020
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Mark J
Bulkington, UK304 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This is a wonderful place to visit, you can walk the top of the castle walk’s looking over the beautiful city of Lincoln and it’s well worth it. To access the wall walk you can walk up the stairs or use a lift. The castle / prison has a copy of the Magna Carta on show and has Cells which you can go in and see. The prison is well worth a visit, there is the mens and women prison sections and the prison chapel. There is a lift here to if you are disabled. The prison closed in 1876 but it educates you on what prison life was like.
There is a wonderful cafe on site with cold and hot drinks, snacks and cakes which are delicious. There is a car park situated next to the castle which is pay and display.
Give your self 2 hours to go around the site if you buy the day ticket. Tickets can be purchased from the shop. There is the city wall walk tickets at £12 or the day ticket at £14 pounds. The day ticket also includes the city wall walk.
Written December 3, 2021
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Wow! What a fabulous and informative review - thank you so much for taking the time to recommend Lincoln Castle and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written December 5, 2021
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Helen F
9 contributions
Oct 2022
Lincoln castle is well worth a visit. It is unusually owned and run by Lincoln County Council and they have done a great job. I would recommend the free guided tours of the grounds, which give a great understanding of the history of the castle and its previous occupants. Our tour was taken by Mike L, who was informative, approachable and interesting, with a dry sense of humour.
The dragon is rather fun.
Written October 19, 2022
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Thank you for the lovely compliments regarding your visit to Lincoln Castle. So pleased you enjoyed it so much. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written October 31, 2022
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Twinsliders
Folkingham, UK421 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We visited with a 4 year old and as much as we enjoyed the prison part of the tour, she found it quite boring. Sadly the Magna Carta was not on display either. The wall walk was very good with wonderful views, the lift was not in use and I’d say you do need a fair level of mobility to get around and climb the tower.

The cafe had a very poor choice of food available and was pricey so I would suggest giving it a miss and trying one of the many lovely places in the area to eat and drink.
Written January 5, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Lincoln Castle with us. We try to ensure that the story of Lincoln Castle is enjoyed by as many people as possible. The Victorian Prison has costumes for all members of the family to try on and there are also a number of hands on craft activities located on the very top floor of the prison. We currently have on display the 1217 and 1225 Charters as Magna Carta is off display for conservation purposes. We are sorry that you were disappointed not to see it, but we do try and ensure that everyone who is visiting is made aware of the documents that they will see at the time of their visit. We are very lucky to be located in an area that offers so much choice to sample local food and drink and we are pleased you took the time to experience the local Bailgate area too. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written January 7, 2022
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456charlie
Gloucester, UK208 contributions
Apr 2022
What a refreshing change for a tourist attraction not to charge for simply wanting to go into the grounds. People are encouraged to access the grassed area inside the castle walls and there is no charge for this - and the area was well used by families with the kids loving the different mesh dragons on display around the grassed area. The dragon that has broken through the outer wall was very impressive!

We bought a ticket to access the victorian prison, magna carter and walk the walls. The prison exhibit was well thought out with plenty for all ages, and you didn't feel overloaded with information boards and had time to take in the surroundings.
The cafe is a lovely addition, however as with most coffee shops these days, it is a shame they no longer offer a "pour and serve" option for simple coffees because the queues are totally because making every coffee takes ages.

We then walked the walls the the views over the city were amaxzing. The included audio tour was a good mix of straight information and stories.

What a great way to while away a morning, and to top it off with ice cream in the grounds afterwards - totally recommended!
Written April 19, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, sorry about the wait for a coffee but I do think it's worth it! Thanks for mentioning Lucy too, she is proving to be a big hit with visitors. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written April 24, 2022
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Julie H
Loughborough, UK3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
What an amazing site and sight!
I was extremely lucky with the weather but the whole experience was delightful.
I paid for the whole day ticket which included the walls, the prison, Magna Carta and the hour guided tour - definitely worth it.
The costumed guides in the prison brought that extra bit to the experience with the tales and knowledge. The gentleman dressed as a vicar was extremely interesting as was the chapel. Well worth the climb up the spiral staircase. Do go into the booths and close the doors to get the feeling of isolation and focus.
The information throughout is well worth a read but more for adult reading - I believe there was a sheet for children to engage with. The exercise yard was unexpected but again well explained on the information plaques.
The walls, with audio guide, was a must with wonderful views both of the cathedral and Lincolnshire. There are different points to stop at and listen while admiring the view.
Our guided walk/tour of the bailey was made all the more interesting by Jeff who really knew his history of the place and took us on a journey through time.
Spent over four hours immersed in the castle and it’s grounds.
Thank you to all.
Written October 26, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Lincoln Castle. Sounds like you had a great time! With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
Written October 31, 2022
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