Built two years after the Battle of Hastings by William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle remains one of the most impressive Norman era castles in Britain today. The castle has served as a court and a prison for over 900 years, and its rich historical heritage as a Roman and Viking stronghold is reason enough to explore both the city and castle on a day out.
Hosting a plethora of events from the annual Christmas market to 15th century war games and vintage vehicle shows, the castle offers something for everyone. A walk on its walls provides a magnificent view of the castle, as well as panoramic vistas of Lincoln Cathedral, the city and the surrounding countryside. Free guided tours of Lincoln Castle are available every day between April to October, and on weekdays in November, February and March. In December and January, tours run on weekends.
Situated in the historic Bailgate area of the city, Lincoln Castle is just a 15 minute walk from the rail station. If arriving by car, follow the brown signs throughout the city to find the castle after arriving in the city. The nearest parking facilities can be found at The Lawn Visitor Centre, Union Road, Lincoln and Westgate car park.
Nestled right in the heart of Lincoln, the castle is just a stone's throw from the city's numerous restaurants and pubs which offer everything from Mexican food to traditional British pub fare. Go dine has compiled a list of the best restaurants near Lincoln Castle to take the hassle out of finding a place to eat. You can browse menus and read diner reviews of all the best places to eat near Lincoln Castle. If you'd like to explore a bit more, why not have a peek at Grantham, Skegness or Scunthorpe, all just a short drive away from the historic heart of Lincolnshire? You'll find our pick of top restaurants in the region on our Lincolnshire pages.
Did you know Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving originals of the Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215 AD?