Bolingbroke Castle

Bolingbroke Castle, Old Bolingbroke: Hours, Address, Bolingbroke Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Bolingbroke Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The remains of a 13th century hexagonal castle, birthplace in 1367 of the future King Henry IV, with adjacent earthworks. Besieged and taken by Cromwell's Parliamentarians in 1643. This site is managed by Heritage Lincolnshire. There is a small car park on Moat Lane. Wheelchair access is available at both entrances from Moat Lane. Please note that, although paths are cut in the grass, the ground is uneven in most places. There are no facilities at the castle but there is a pub nearby in the village, or the market town of Spilsby, 3 miles to the west, has a variety of shops and places to eat. Please be aware that there is water in the moat surrounding the castle. Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Foggy-T
Reading, UK16 contributions
A really nice castle ruin. Just as they should be. We visited in the late afternoon with the setting sun giving a great lighting effect to the ruins. Managed by english Heritage and they have done a good job with modest but informative information boards. Well worth seeking out.
Written October 4, 2021
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK12,354 contributions
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It is a good job we have satnavs!
This particular ruined castle is situated in a small village about halfway between Skegness and Lincoln.
I visited early this morning, it is advised that visits are at respectable times as the approach road carves through a housing area.
Parking is in a form of a tiny gravel area large enough for my small car.
The ruins are looked after by English heritage and there are plenty of boards dotted around explaining the history/ plans etc.
Suitable shoes are a must as it is a grassed path which was soaked.....like my feet were wearing trainers!
Overall a nice way to spend 30 minutes and its free too.
Visited 14th July 2021.
Written July 14, 2021
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carolannrichardson
Lincoln, UK34 contributions
Interesting place to visit especially for young children. Although the outer walls are not tall you can get a feel of how the castle was laid out and good information on the boards in each section. A bit overgrown in the surrounding paths. Down a very small lane, tiny area for parking near the gate and someone blocked the road entirely and we had to find them to get out.
Written September 19, 2020
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harlyc
worcestershire214 contributions
Free to park on road side. Free entry to site.
Historical link to Henry IV.
The information boards are useful to help the imagination as the castle is literally a ruin but worth stopping by for a short visit.
Written September 25, 2021
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Ronnie A
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I learnt about Henry IV and John of Gaunt at school a long time ago, so it was a great surprise to find this important monument to their time. English Heritage has done a great job with the description boards to give the visitor a feel for the layout and the atmosphere of the original structure. A good place for a leisurely visit, perhaps with a picnic.
Written August 22, 2020
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Neil E
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Couples
I don't live far from here and to say it's for couples isn't totally true, families can enjoy too. Thanks to Mr Cromwell there isn't much leftof the berth place of Henry iv but on a sunny day this is the perfect sheltered sunny picnic place to be.
With only the village traffic and the odd RAF rumble it really is peaceful.
I'd say it's one of my favourite places and probably shouldn't even be telling you. And it's FREE
Written April 12, 2020
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,600 contributions
This is now a ruined and flattened (after the English Civil War) castle but it was the birthplace of Henry Bolingbroke who became Henry IV of England. It is nice to pay a visit but you won't need to spend significant time here. It is free entry.
Written October 7, 2021
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lgreen9
Northampton, UK406 contributions
Family
Visited to our on our way to a mablethorpe camp site. Visited in the rain with dog and children. We enjoyed exploring the remaining walls and the signs really helped to inspire. Beautiful views. Easy to find using sat nav. A bit of parking near the gate.
Written August 29, 2020
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK1,579 contributions
Couples
Nice and quite place in a very small village. Interesting walk along the ruins of the castle built there in 1220. Just ruins but you can see the perimeter, the rests of the towers, the entrance where the bridge was. An historical place to visit.
Written July 8, 2021
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Maria C
Loughton, UK139 contributions
Bolingbroke castle ruins are the lower outer wall ruins with a dried up moat around the outside. This is a lovely place to pay a visit to if your in the area and to go for walk but you would find it hard to spend more than an hour to hour and a half here.
There are information boards around the grounds which explain which each of the rooms would have been used for and a rough idea of what they would have looked like which is quite interesting.
Written October 15, 2020
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