About 60 minutes from park
Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AAVisit Website
Standing proud at the heart of this city for almost a millennium, Lincoln Castle is a must-see if you find yourself in this charming corner of England. Today the castle, its walls, vaults and grounds are a highly-rated visitor attraction, with thousands passing through its narrow gates each year to enjoy an authentic medieval adventure.
Lincoln Castle’s history is long and fascinating. The estate we see today was constructed on the site of an existing Roman fortress, at the order of William the Conqueror in 1068, shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. It was one of several build to strengthen his rule over England and weaken resistance further north. In the years after, the castle came under siege twice, at the First and Second Battle of Lincoln in 1141 and 1217 respectively. This period of upheaval gradually stopped after the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and one of only four surviving copies of it is displayed in the castle grounds today. Parts of Lincoln Castle were later used as a gaol (prison), with hangings having taken place on the estate. An extensive renovation began in 2012 and completed in 2015, restoring parts of the castle and adding new attractions, such as an exhibition dedicated to the Magna Carta.
Lincoln Castle is located at the heart of the city, in the historic Cathedral Quarter. If you’re travelling in by car, the city should be clearly signposted and is a 45 minute drive from Junction 31 of the M1, or 25 minutes off the A1 at Newark-on-Trent. There’s no official Lincoln Castle Parking, however there are several options in the surrounding area. Possible Lincoln Castle car parks include Westgate 1 East, The Lawn Car Park and Motherby Lane Car Park; all are within a few minutes’ walk. As a small city, Lincoln is reasonably well connected by bus and rail. The main train station is Lincoln Central Station and services call through here from places like Doncaster, Grimsby, Leicester, London, Peterborough and Sheffield. The bus station is directly opposite the railway station, with a variety of local and national routes stopping here, including the 5 InterConnect from Boston and the 56 InterConnect from Skegness. Both stations are just an 18-minute walk from the castle.
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