Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire, built by William the Conquerer in 1068, has just hosted an extremely interesting event and we were there! Even though the event is over, Lincoln Castle is still a great place to visit. This fabulous historical destination has had 22 million pounds spent on its redevelopment and provides a fantastic insight into English heritage.
As we entered the castle we were greeted by an enthusiastic couple playing ancient musical instruments, they continued playing inside the castle grounds and we were entertained by the young children having fun dancing to the beat.
Among the many exhibits, the star that shines most brightly has to be one of only four copies remaining of Magna Carta (you are not allowed to take photos). There is a cinema which tells you all about the history of Magna Carta, which I found most interesting.
There is a very thought provoking ‘new’ Victorian men’s and women’s prison in the castle grounds with realistically dressed period actors in the prison (and all over the castle) who are very willing to answer questions ‘in character’. There are also clever movie clips in some of the cells which tell of the life and fate of some of the inmates. The women’s prison houses a mini museum of artefacts found in and around the area.
There is a cafe on site, but we chose to take a break and leave the castle for some delicious Lincolnshire bread and cheese with hot chocolate at The Ice Cream Parlour nearby. Our tickets allowed us to re-enter with ease and we continued watching a basket making demonstration, medieval dancing and a grand parade when King Henry VIII left!
Not to be missed – the Medieval 12th Century Wall Walk, recently renovated, which allows you to walk the whole stretch of the castle walls with spectacular views of Lincoln. An optional part of the wall walk includes an observation tower, a steep climb to the top, restricted to 10 people at a time.
Lincoln Crown Court is encompassed within the grounds too and adds yet more architectural beauty to the site.
The castle is open all the year round and tickets can be bought online. We arrived by car and parked a short walk away. The walk towards the castle took us past the magnificent Cathedral, another one of Lincoln’s majestic attractions.
A super day out!