Lincoln Castle

Castle Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA

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Discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta.

Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, Lincoln Castle has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost one thousand years. Inside the Castle Walls, explore the Georgian and Victorian prison giving an insight into crime and punishment in the Lincoln of the past.

Accessible by a spiral staircase or lift, Lincoln Castle’s Medieval wall walk is a unique experience. Visitors can walk the whole circumference of the walls giving stunning views over Lincoln – including one of the best views of Lincoln Cathedral in the city.

The Castle is home to Lincoln’s own Magna Carta, one of only four original copies dating back to 1215, as well as the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world, a unique opportunity to see the documents that shaped society as we know it today.

Explore the Castle’s Archaeology Exhibition during your visit. The church and the ten skeletons found during the 2013 excavations and restoration have been brought to life in an exhibition showing finds including the skeletons and other objects found dating back to Roman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian times.

Additional Information:

  • Free entry to the Castle grounds
  • Café on site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dog-friendly days throughout the year
  • The majority of the ground of the castle and attractions within are accessible. Find out more here.
  • Events held throughout the year.