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Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

Facing the cathedral across Castle Square, this impressive motte and bailey castle has a long and fascinating history (see below) and houses a Victorian Prison that has featured in both Downton Abbey and Channel 4’s Time Team.

Lincoln Crown Court is situated within the castle’s grounds and when it is in session, visitors to the castle can witness the comings and goings of court.

At present, Lincoln Castle is undergoing a £20 million renovation project that will be completed in 2015.

As parts of the castle may be closed to the public during these renovations, it is advisable to check on the castle’s own website (www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolncastle) to see exactly what is open on the day you plan to visit.

Visitors should also note that the Magna Carta is currently on tour and will not be on display again at Lincoln Castle until 2015.


Lincoln Castle Opening Times

October – March10am – 4pm
April & September10am – 5pm
May – August10am – 6pm

Please note:
On the first Wednesday of every month, Lincoln Castle opens at 10.45am for staff training.
Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.


Lincoln Castle Admission Charges

During the renovation project at Lincoln Castle, admission charges will vary and are dependent upon how much of the castle is open to the public on a specific day.

As this changes from week to week, Lincoln Castle is advising all visitors to check on its own website for the most up-to- date information: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolncastle


More Information

For more information about Lincoln Castle, please click the links below.



An exciting calendar of events including the famous Lincoln Christmas Market

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Lincoln Castle has played an important role in helping to shape English history

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Magna Carta


Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving copies  in the World of Magna Carta

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