Lincoln Castle Castles

Lincoln Castle
Castle Hill


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Many visitors come to the castle to see the original Lincoln Magna Carta. This 780-year-old document is one of only four surviving originals sealed by King John after his meeting with the Barons at Runnymede in 1215. Relocated from its old home in the Cathedral, the Victorian prison building now houses the exhibition explaining the origin of Magna Carta and the far reaching effects it has had on our lives.

One of the most impressive features of the castle are the immense 12th century walls. You can still walk around the ramparts and a walk around the walls will give you a magnificent view of the six acre Castle complex, and also panoramic views of the Cathedral, city and surrounding countryside.

The mound or motte on which the Lucy Tower stands was constructed in 1068 as part of the original motte and bailey castle and is built of a mixture of earth and stones. It is 40 feet high and was protected on the inside by a ditch around 20 feet deep. The first tower or keep was erected on top of the mound would have been of timber construction. The keep was the last bastion of defence should the remainder of the Castle fall to attackers. .

Attraction Details

VenueLincoln Castle
AddressCastle Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA
Opening times9.30am - 5.30pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeCastles


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