Lincoln Castle

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Lincoln Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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helstravels
middlesbrough700 contributions
Nice walk on wall
Apr 2021
A good walk round the walls on a sunny day is worth doing but sometimes can be little expensive at £10. There are a number of very smart buildings and the old jail with numerous information points to help navigate your way. There is a nice court yard which locals seemed to use to chill and there is a cafe on site as well as toilets. There is a car park round the back of the castle but probably a little tricky to get to.
Written April 22, 2021
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Sam3314
Derby, UK1,479 contributions
Spring flowers
Apr 2021
Lockdown visit so only the grounds were open but nice to go in and see the Eleanor cross and the spring flowers. Also enjoyed a cuppa and breakfast bun from the cafe.
Written April 18, 2021
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Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed the breakfast bun, they are a new item on our menu! Just to confirm also that under the latest Government guidelines the wall walk is now open for the public to enjoy. Pre-booking tickets is advised. Best wishes from Lincoln Castle.
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Helen G
Lincoln, UK91 contributions
Could never get bored of this place
Mar 2021 • Family
I just love Lincoln castle. The inside is clearly closed at the moment due to Covid-19,we just walked through and sat and had a cuppa.
It’s such a lovely atmosphere with friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Written April 6, 2021
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Aww thank you for your kind words. We are looking forward to opening the wall walk on the 12th April and (fingers crossed) the prison and Magna Carta vault will re-open on the 17th May. We can't wait to welcome visitors back into the attraction. Best wishes Lincoln Castle.
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Steve D
Lincoln, UK2 contributions
Brilliant
Aug 2020 • Friends
Never tire of visiting here, great wall walk loads of information if needed, go back time and time again even if it's just a walk through
Written February 6, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to keep the grounds open in these uncertain times so that people can enjoy their daily exercise and incorporate a walk through the grounds too!
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Sammy
2 contributions
Great location
Feb 2021 • Couples
Nice trip experience overall.Thank you for the treat to my husband.We had a fabulous time in Lincolnshire.
Written February 1, 2021
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YOUNG KAREN
Lincoln, UK2 contributions
Take away cafe closed
Jan 2021
What a shame the take away cafe has been closed ( when others in the are are open)
Having a walk with a take away coffee and snack was a life line and made us feel normal for a short period of time . I’m sure the castle would benefit from the revenue as well as the public benefiting from the outside space, such a shame. The average review is because the take away cafe is closed.
From a local frequent visitor
Written January 17, 2021
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Once the Country went into lock down after Christmas we decided to keep the grounds open so that members of the public could use the grounds for their daily exercise. Cafe's can open as a take away only and we felt that we would be encouraging people to linger in the Castle grounds if we remained open. We would indeed benefit from the revenue and I can assure you we did not take this decision lightly but felt we were acting in the best interests of all concerned. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
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My Little Voyage
London, UK324 contributions
A wonderful Festive walk
Dec 2020
A gentle stroll on a cold, December evening, through the grounds of Lincoln Castle is much appreciated in these unprecedented times. The addition of a Light Trail, Christmas Trees, Music & Snow is even more welcomed in this very troubling period of time,

Pre-booking tickets was mandatory and essential, but easy to do. Free of charge, we booked via the website but it had been absolutely hammered due to the limited numbers, and as a result we could only get a date post-Christmas. No bother, no issue. We grabbed what we could and waited for the evening.

Arriving, we were asked for our name and checked off of a sheet. Great system as it ensures people are only admitted if they booked. We entered in the usual entrance and saw a long row of Christmas trees, beautifully lit in a chaser-light sequence. The entire site was a one-way system to enable people to keep Socially Distanced. Most people kept moving, and I felt safe throughout.

The layout is a loop of the right hand side of the Castle grounds. You walk towards the Court building, take a right, up to the perimeter wall and then hug the wall back towards the entrance. You can loop as many times as you choose, and dotted around were lights and festive decorations (Animals etc). IT was a really lovely walk!

All in all, it's a great addition to Lincoln during Christmas, especially in 2020. When everything else was closed, Lincon Castle provided an entirely FREE experience to explore in a safe, festive capacity, and I Really, really appreciate this!
Written January 7, 2021
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Many thanks for your very kind comments. We are thrilled so many Lincoln residents were able to come and enjoy the lights during a particularly difficult time for many people. With kind regards Lincoln Castle.
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Steve_Lincs1
Lincoln, UK982 contributions
Christmas lights
Dec 2020 • Family
A covid friendly visit for my daughter and I to see the Christmas lights. With wall walk and Christmas events cancelled, the castle put on some nice Christmas trees and lights. Tickets were booked through the website to manage numbers of going after 5pm.
It was a 20 minute walkthrough, absolutely fine and probably the only slightly Christmassy thing you can actually do in Lincoln!
My daughter enjoyed it so that was the main thing. And it was free.
Written December 19, 2020
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Maurice F
Nottingham, UK64 contributions
Inconsistent and overzealous staff, overpriced - all a bit meh
Nov 2020
The staff don't seem to have any consistency in approach as the visitors attempt to navigate their chaotic 'customer experience'. New to the area, we popped to the castle a few days ahead of taking our family there, so we could see if we needed to book in advance for the wall walk. Told 'no, on the day was fine.'

So we turned up on the Sunday, to buy our tickets - and were then told we needed to book them in advance online.

Not the end of the world, but a pain as we had checked. So logged on on our phones, and did it there and then. Approached the wall walk entrance with our family tickets in our emails, to have a guy start telling us we couldn't just show up when we liked, we needed to book time slots. (There was no suggestion of time slots on their website, none at all on our emails, and no mention of them whatsoever within the digital experience of booking tickets (nor mentioned when we'd popped in earlier in the week)). So we pointed that all out to him, and he just go all officious and on a power trip to make us feel awkward while he made a big deal about taking our booking numbers and having to 'radio someone to verify our bookings'. (It's an indication of how few people had clearly been on the wall by this point on a Sunday? (This was late morning/lunchtime.) Had no-one questioned this guys attitude or non-sensical questions previously? Or had he just decided to take a dislike to us as a family!?)

Either way, clearly someone on the radio told him to wind his neck in, because then we were suddenly wafted through as he did a complete u-turn in character from snarling grumpster on a power trip to 'let me try regroup and undo the PR damage i've just done for the castle'. He failed. It's Lincolnshire County Council run, but had all the welcome of a bad National Trust experience. Overzealous bored old folk on a power trip.

Bad enough, but worsened by paying £45 for 4 adults and 2 children to walk the wall to discover, only once up there, that the Observatory element was closed. (Mr Grumpy at the gate, and any signage had all neglected to say that.)

So overall: Overpriced and with overzealous grumpy staff. Don't support a shoddy customer experience, instead save your money and walk around inside the grounds for free. Lincolnshire County Council doesn't spend a penny on its roads, so if you're local they can use the taxes they aren't investing in making-safe the county infrastructure to shore-up this lack-lustre experience (if it's to remain open).
Written November 7, 2020
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You are quite right that the Wall Walk ticket does not require you to book a time slot. If you had booked a Day ticket that does require a time slot. I have been able to speak to the staff member concerned and it does seem that there was some miscommunication on the day. Some visitors who buy Day tickets don't appreciate that they have a timed slot to visit Magna Carta and so we always try and make sure they don't miss it as slots are constantly full especially at weekends. You did speak to someone who was just covering the walls to give someone a lunch break and this is not his normal position so it may be that his customer service delivery was not as professional as our permanent staff members and for that I apologise and assure you some customer service training will follow. I think you only have to read other Trip Advisor reviews to know that your experience is not the norm for Lincoln Castle, I am generally very proud of the reviews received by staff and am honestly very disappointed that you have not had that positive experience yourself. If you would like to revisit later in the year or early next year we would be more than happy to offer you complimentary Day tickets so that you can have an opportunity to enjoy the full experience Lincoln Castle has to offer ? Please let me know if this is something you would like to do.
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CruiseFran
Colchester, UK36 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
Brilliant attraction. Well worth the money. The Magna Carta experience was interesting and well designed. The Victorian prison was very interesting. You need to allow time to listen to the prisoners’ stories. The walk around the castle walls affords some great views over Lincoln. The grounds within the walls are well kept. Definitely worth a visit.
Written October 31, 2020
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We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a fabulous review and for recommending the prisoner stories, some of them really pull at your heart strings don't they? So pleased you enjoyed your visit. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
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