Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Three great attractions. One great day out. Medieval Wall Walk. Victorian Prison. Magna Carta. Enjoy spectacular views across Lincolnshire from our completed Medieval Wall Walk. Visit the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault and see one of only four remaining original Magna Carta along side the Charter of the Forest. Immerse yourself in the lives of prisoners and their daily routines in the Victorian Prison and see the unique separate system chapel. 1000 years of history - where it happened. Winter Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 Summer Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
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  • Beverley W
    1 contribution
    Definitely worth a visit
    Great visit to Lincoln Castle. So pleased we did the free guided tour. Thank you to our guide Martin who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic even though it was freezing cold and very foggy. Excellent job.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 11 December 2022
  • Michelle S
    Lincoln, United Kingdom850 contributions
    Historic building in your own city...surely its rude not to visit 😀
    Went to the illuminations at Lincoln Castle, and this Castle never ceases to amazes me, we love that it is on our doorstep and is so beautiful even without the lights, the lights just make it look more impressive, and fun...and fun grts kids to look and lesrn!! the people that have put the effort into making it look this beautiful should be proud of themselves...you need to have a walk around, & look at the beauty of the illuminations, we like the fact they have added new bits, animated reindeer are wonderful, but we need to look through the lights and music and see our history still standing, making us proud everyday, when you look up from the city and see it standing along side the Cathedral. We will be bringing our new granddaughter to this light illuminations next year and showing her one of Lincoln beautiful Historic Building!!
    Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed the Castle illuminations so much and recognised the little additions we have made. We think the reindeer need names - perhaps a competition next year!? With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 17 December 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2022
  • J060273
    Pocklington, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Fascinating and Entertaining
    Fantastic day at the castle, tour guide Ken Moore was factual, funny, engaging and made a cold tour at -1degree into a warm and entertaining experience. I had no idea of the importance of Lincoln Castle in British History until now. The prison too was fascinating, especially the separatist chapel. Everyone we talked too were enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit. We really do take great pleasure in reading about visitors experiences. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 17 December 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2022
  • Jan D
    Binissalem, Spain38 contributions
    Stunning castle and views
    We booked the castle wall walk and it was most enjoyable. The castle is well preserved and very interesting. We returned at 1700hrs hoping to see it lit up but the gates had closed which was a shame as it must have been spectacular with the amazing xmas lighting.
    Sorry you were disappointed not to see the grounds lit up - we do close the gates before opening them for our evening guests so that they are hopefully wowed by the experience! With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 20 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Emma S
    Colchester, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Perfectly preserved and informative with a phenomenal view to boot.
    Really interesting visit, largely of the prison followed by the wall walk. Disappointing that the Magna Carta cinema was closed as it would have deepened our knowledge on why this is such an important document. We nonetheless really enjoyed our visit, from where incidentally you take on amazing views of the city.
    So pleased you enjoyed your visit, you certainly took some lovely photographs. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. With best wishes Lincoln Castle
    Written 20 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California1,953 contributions
    Nice Castle and Prison with Views
    We explored Lincoln Castle when spending several days in Lincoln over Christmas, 2022. It has a nice, complete and well-preserved wall and one can walk all along the walls, which provide great views of the city. Otherwise, inside there is the prison building, with an interesting and well-preserved Victorian prison to explore, with gift shop and cafe. The prison is interesting due to its experiment at complete isolation for prisoners, who initially were even kept separate during services in the chapel. The castle is home to one of the 4 original surviving copies of the Magna Carta, but the document was away for preservation when we visited. However, we were able to see original Charter of the Forest, from the same time period and providing people greater rights regarding royal "forest" land. At night, we did the lighted Christmas walk, which was also nice.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of your visit(s). So pleased you enjoyed it so much. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 20 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 7 January 2023
  • 724verac
    Bristol, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Great castle, lots to see
    Great castle, wonderful walk round the walls, with magnificent views of the cathedral. Can walk around inside the castle walls free of charge (Lincoln Crown Court is housed within the walls) but you have to pay to walk on the walls. Also included in the entrance charge is a guided talk round the grounds, going into the history of the castle and Lincoln generally from Roman times onwards. Wonderfully entertaining guide. Also included is visit to the Victorian prison in the grounds with its unusual prisoners' chapel,and to the vault containing one of the only four copies of Magna Carta in the country - sadly put away in storage for winter when we visited. We did however see one of only two remaining copies of the 1217 Charter of the Forest and the 1225 affirmation of that Charter - a most surprising sight as they are incredibly small. Huge amount of history attached to the castle, well worth a visit, but if you're interested in seeing Magna Carta, check online first to ensure it is back on display.
    Thank you do much for taking the time to leave a review, we really do appreciate it. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 20 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 January 2023
  • yesfoodman
    Alveston, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Get a tour with Ken!
    We went on the 11am tour with Ken Moore during our visit. We throughly enjoyed our tour with him and would highly recommend. He was very well informed and had good jokes; he made the tour light hearted and very engaging. He asked us where we were from before the tour which made us feel more comfortable and at ease. Questions could be asked throughout which was lovely. The prison is good with lots of activities for children and has very clear information although is a bit tricky to remember where you are as it looks the same! The castle wall walk is very beautiful with good information, although there are steps, just as a heads up. Ken definitely made our trip memorable and and the information helped when we went around afterwards.
    Than you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm sure Ken will be delighted you enjoyed his tour so much. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 3 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2023
  • Black country lass
    West Midlands, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Most enjoyable!
    Wonderful visit today, thoroughly recommend the free guided tour, Ken our tour guide was knowledgeable, humorous and engaging. We did the tour, went round the prison and then walked the walls after .. spent a good 3 1/2 hours there ...would have been longer if the weather had been warmer! Yes entrance fee is a little expensive but well worth it
    Thank you for your review, so pleased you thought the entrance fee was good value for money. With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 3 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 January 2023
  • Simon B
    Gnosall, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Lincoln Castle and Tour
    Spent a memorable time at Lincoln Castle enjoying the scenery, history and architecture. We also particularly enjoyed the non stop fact filled tour provided by Ken who not only was knowledgeable, but delivered facts / tour of the ground in a very entertaining way, bringing the history of the castle to life. If you’re in Lincoln and enjoy your history, a visit and tour of the castle is highly recommend!
    Thank you for your lovely review and the recommendation! With best wishes Lincoln Castle.
    Written 3 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2023
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K S
Northampton, UK89 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A great place to visit. There is a nice walk along the inside walls. You can get audio and it’s very informative and interested our teenage son. When we visited they had the smoking and groaning dragons, which were great. Nice views of the cathedral from the walls. We were also treated to a display by the Red Arrows. I think they were training as they are apparently based nearby. They did two loop the loops and also flew right over our heads. Fantastic! The lift was out of order so not currently suitable if you are less able to walk up the steps. You can walk through the grounds for free too but need to pay for the walls walk and audio, which is currently about £11 each.
Written 26 November 2023
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Stefan Huzzar
30 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
There are no castle interiors to visit, just a walk along the wall and the grounds.
The Victorian prison is interesting with male and female cells.
Cheese scones in the cafe were fab............
Written 25 November 2023
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travelmad715
telford, shropshire21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
lovely castle, lots of history. Lovely to walk around the walls, Victorian Prison and the Magna Carta Vault All staff very friendly and helpful
Written 24 November 2023
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AGP-UK
Lincoln, UK19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We joined Ken Moore for a tour of the upper part of Lincoln including a guided walk through the castle grounds. What a fantastic way to spend a morning! Ken’s tour was excellent - interesting and entertaining throughout. We can highly recommend him as a Lincoln Castle guide.
Written 19 November 2023
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Patricia M
Walsall, UK211 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We came back to see the Magna Carta and were not disappointed as the cinema intro was great. My husband loves the prison Chapel. Unfortunately the wall walk was closed during our visit but we still enjoyed our stay.
Written 18 November 2023
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Sam L
Wales, UK7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
First time visit to Lincoln so seeing the castle was a must. We bought the day ticket, which included the Medieval Wall Walk (with amazing views of Lincoln and the Cathedral), the Victorian prison, and of course, the Magna Carta.

We had a free tour with Paul, which was great. It lasted just over an hour and was very interesting. Would recommend. If we lived closer, I’d have purchased the annual pass
Written 16 November 2023
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Mossty
Macclesfield, UK3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Our first visit to Lincoln city, so we thought we would take a tour of the castle and we were not disappointed. The whole experience was made so much more enjoyable by our guide, Ken - he was just brilliant. His knowledge of the history of the castle and Lincoln city was incredible and the way it was imparted to us with such passion and humour was both interesting and entertaining. Ken should be on stage! Definitely coming back.
Written 13 November 2023
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jillcornell
Tring, UK145 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What a lovely place to visit. So much history! We did the guided tour and our guide Ken Moore was truly fantastic, his knowledge was way better than his jokes 😂😂 . Seriously he was brilliant and made our tour fly by. We were so lucky to have a wonderful sunny day which really made the wall walk a great experience.
Written 11 November 2023
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Kate W
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We had an amazing day at Lincoln Castle. The Magna Carta is incredible to see, and the display and film gives very helpful context. We had an entertaining and informative tour by Ken, an excellent tour guide who really knows his stuff! Great service at the cafe too.
Written 11 November 2023
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Sarah W
Austin, TX57 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the audio tour very much. It was fascinating and informative. The castle and its history were captivating.

The BEST part was the copy of the Magna Carta. Don’t miss that!
Written 9 November 2023
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