Lincoln Castle and the Poppies Wave 2016

2nd September, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

As many people may know, The Poppies Wave is doing a tour round the country. The Poppies Wave is a fabulous display of handcrafted ceramic poppies representing those who fell in the war.

We were lucky enough to visit Lincoln Castle again this year, and not only is the castle itself a great place to explore, but the Poppy Wave is just another great attraction!  We parked nearby and walked past the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral as we made our way to Lincoln Castle.

First stop inside the castle we headed for the Poppies Wave, a marvellous creation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It is a wondrous sight!

Next we visited the men’s and women’s Victorian prisons which are full of atmosphere and a good insight as to the conditions people in prisons had to suffer. Interestingly and a bit unsettling, you get to see some of the very petty crimes which got some people into prison in the first place. The Ladies’ prison also houses an interesting museum which displays historical items found in the actual grounds of Lincoln Castle.

We had a break in the Café on the ground floor of this building, in the sunshine, then proceeded to climb up to the Medieval Wall and walk round the whole castle. We had a brilliant view of Lincoln Cathedral and were treated to a fabulous display from various aircraft, which looked like it had been arranged just for us!

There were more great views of the Poppies Wave from the wall and also of the whole castle. We walked through areas where hangings had taken place, burial grounds of those hanged and we ended up climbing to the top of a tower with yes, more fabulous views!

Well worth the entrance fee and would recommend a visit to anyone.

By Lesley Tan

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