Lincoln Castle

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

Facing the cathedral across Castle Square, this impressive motte and bailey castle has a long and fascinating history, 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 grounds and when it is in session, visitors to the castle can witness the comings and goings of court.

In 2015, Magna Carta will be celebrating its 800th anniversary and Lincoln Castle will play host to a series of events to mark this momentous milestone.

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At present, Lincoln Castle is undergoing an exciting £20 million renovation project called Lincoln Castle Revealed, that will be completed in the spring of 2015.

On 23rd December 2014, Lincoln Castle will be closing for just over 3 months in order to complete the final phase of the renovation process.

It will be opening again for its ‘Grand Reveal’ on 1st April 2015.

Lincoln Castle Grand Reveal

On 1st April 2015, Lincoln Castle will be opening its doors again in the Grand Reveal, during which visitors can explore the new look castle.

Highlights of Lincoln Castle Revealed include:

  • a new £5.4 million Magna Carta Vault
  • rebuilding the castle walls so that visitors are able to walk a full circuit
  • new disabled access to the walls
  • refurbishment of the Victorian prison
  • a new Heritage Skills Centre
  • cafe and shop in the Georgian prison



Lincoln Castle has an exciting calendar of events that includes 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 of Magna Carta

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