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15th June, 2015 | Article By Visit Lincoln

A visit to Lincoln Castle will bring you in touch with 800 years of freedom and justice through the subterranean Magna Carta vault and the Victorian, separate system prison.

Magna Carta is 800 years old in 2015 and over the years has had a significant impact on the rest of the world: contributing towards the American Bill of Rights and Constitution in addition to the laws of Great Britain today. The vault at Lincoln Castle immerses you in the document, telling of its history and importance through a stunning 210° cinema screen, a wall of words and a display of the document itself.

The vault is below the Victorian prison, also in the Castle, where interpretation and living history bring to life what it was like for prisoners of the 19th century. It is the only remaining example of the separate system of Victorian justice – encouraging repentance, reflection and reform – exemplified by the separate system chapel.

These examples of justice and freedom are encircled by a unique Medieval wall walk around every inch of Lincoln Castle, with breathtaking views of surrounding Lincolnshire and Lincoln Cathedral across the square.

Find out more about Lincoln and what to do when you visit on the Visit Lincoln website.

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