"You gave a castle four stars?!"... yes, I did. I know, it is strange to actually give a star rating to places like this... I mean I have rated cemeteries and cathedrals... strange. I don't know if these places need star ratings as much as just some notes from people who have been... so here are my notes. When you come into the square, the castle looks impressive and it does have an original copy of the Magna Carta (worth going for in itself), but if you are going to visit... don't go on a guided tour. Get a book and read up or do some googling, whatever, but don't go on a guided tour unless you have a couple hours to spare. The tour guides are lovely, but they are a bit long winded, there seems to be conflicting information, and you always miss out on some part of the castle. I say this having been on a tour at least three times, once as a student, the rest of the time with my students.
If you are into jails, then you should also not miss this, with the chapel would be of particular interest (that being said... on our tours, I've only seen it once out of the three times). Do climb up on the walls to get a view of the city and the cathedral... it really is lovely. If you are around during the Christmas Market, some of the stalls/booths are inside the castle and it make for an absolutely spectacular setting! That alone is worth battling the crowds.
If you are on a very strict budget and/or time frame and you have to decide between the castle or the cathedral... I think the cathedral is an absolute must. If you can spare the extra moolah and/or time, then have a wander about the castle. Of the castles I have visited, it would be at the very top of my list, but I still think it is worth seeing.
I do like a castle.
I like a castle even more when it's not only a castle, but has an original copy of the Magna Carta to go see, an old jail/museum (with bizarre chapel), turret walls you can climb up on to and an observation tower from which you can see most of the surrounding county on a good day - not to mention the views of the cathredral.
Worth the entrance fee.
I enjoy Lincoln Castle every time I go there. Well worth the 6pounds. This time we were able to see The Magna Carta, which was seriously cool. The views of Lincoln Cathedral from the Observatory Tower are AMAZING (see photo above). I recommend taking the tour, but the castle is neat enough to check out without a tour, if you're tight on time. The Lucy Tower is a steep climb, but the cemetery is totally worth it.
I've been to the castle 4 times now, and I'm sure I'll be going again in the years to come:)
Plenty of tourist guides so this is the quirky bits.
Lincoln Castle is a little odd as in the centre is a Victorian building used as a court so Group Four prison vans tend to go in and out.
It is cheap to get in and there are concessions. To see it free go to the Christmas market when it is quite magical set out with stalls.
Go and see the Magna Carta and the stuff about King John.
The keep is up a steep set of steps. As you will probably have climbed one of the steepest hills ever to get to the castle have a coffee or ice cream first and a sit down. It is open to the sky and full of graves from when it was a prison in the 1800s. Includes a witch I think. They were hung in England not burnt.
There is another tower where they hung people on top. The atmosphere is horrible in this tower and I swear an invisible hand pushed me as a child. Cobb Hall this ghost reportedly once tried to push a young child down the staircase, saved only by the quick reflexes of the father who then watched the woman disappear from view. We were told this on the ghost guide and the guide said it had happened to many children. Supposedly a ghost of a woman hung who hated children and had murdered some.
The prison chapel is rows of pews with high walls and doors and a gallery for the warders. They have a mad animated preacher yelling at you. The woman in white haunts here pale woman is thought to have been a former prisoner who died during her stay. Witnesses have also reported the sounds of doors slamming and keys jangling in the area.
The building where the Magna Carta is was temporarily the ref library a while back. The librarians told me they hated going in the basement to get books as they had all seem a man in a frock coat looking out of a window.
There is also a well in the grounds that a woman haunts. Supposed fell in and died.
The views from the walls are amazing.
Fot years one went in the back door as the front (West Gate) had been bricked up for centuries. It was excavated and opened, due to the crush at the Xmas market, to make a one way system.
Climb another high tower and stunning views. Was an observatory for the prison governer. John Hurt fell off it and died in his first movie when he played a student and the castle was a uni.
A regular ghost is supposed to gallop up to the gates on a certain day..bringing warning of attack to the castle OR a reprieve for a condemmed man (too late). One report says a night worker returning home early in the morning was unnerved as a man riding a black horse charged by him. As the rider
approached the locked castle gates, he screamed 'Open the gates! Open the gates!' before vanishing near the still closed entrance.
Another: Observatory Tower: A family reported a strange cold feeling come over them as they climbed this tower, and a photograph they took of the building revealed a strange figure. Several years previous, another pair of witnesses reported seeing two figures in front of them who vanished when they reached the top of the staircase.
And: Outside Lincoln Castle walls a black dog. This malnourished hound, once owned by a criminal who was
hanged, spent the rest of its life as a minor celebrity and now is occasionally spotted lurking around the castle walls.
Queen Anne's Well: There are six holes in the door to the well. Legend says if you walk around the well seven times and place your finger in one, good people are awarded with feeling the breath of the Devil on their digit, while bad people have their finger bitten off. I once scared 2 boys half to death when dressed in Victorian clothes, and a hooded cloak that covered my face, by telling them I was the ghost of the well. Their parents applauded as they were being very naughty and I shut them up :)
One of the main icons of Lincoln, but as has previously been said it is definatly overpriced. Something like this should be free.
The tower is awsome and makes you feel nervous being so high on something so old. The graphoti from hundreds of years ago on Lucy tower is interesting. There is a small shop selling tea and cofee but its nothing spectacular.
There can be some great days here, like when they do jousting days and other things like that.
Its very close to the center of Lincoln so its ideal for a visitor on the tourist route.
Called to the German market, shame I was driving as there was plenty of free drinks and samples flying about, nothing new as markets go, will call and visit the castle properly another day as it looks quite interesting.
Fantastic medieval castle. Also a Victorian prison on the grounds as well as a great birds of prey show. Make sure to go up on the wall for some great views!
Couple this with visiting the Cathedral and you've got a great historical day in Lincoln. However I personally feel that the castle is a little overpriced for what there is to see and do. Nice to visit once, but probably not more than that.
Not just for tourists! Lincoln Castle is an enjoyable, interesting and inexpensive day out for every age range as there is something to appeal to everyone. If it's a nice, dry day take a picnic as there is a large expanse of grass and trees along with picnic tables. You can walk along most of the castle walls and get great views of the surrounding city, explore the castle turret (steep narrow stairs) and see Lincoln from a whole new perspective from the top. Gift shop is compact but stocked with a wide range of souveniers. Has a tea room, although I haven't tried it. Entry price for adults is £4.Would also recommend any of the coffee shops in Steep Hill to enhance your day out.
Lincoln Castle, at Lincoln, is a small Norman ruin. It's interesting for the children as well as adults, you can walk along the wall and view outwards across the City of Lincoln.
Let your imagination play and your children and you could be the Norman soldiers guarding the castle from the Anglo-Saxon peasants, or you could be a Norman Baron dining in the great hall with all the other Lords of the land.
The grounds of the castle are well kept and worthy of respect.
Well it is nice outside but once inside there isn't a very nice atmosphere and I wouldn't go here again
Not much to see. Now home to the magestrates court, so all that's really there is the battlements. There is also a Victorian prison, which is being done up as a museum. I had a sneak preview of it and it looks like it will be interesting.
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