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“A real piece of history”
Review of Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle
Ranked #2 of 77 things to do in Lincoln
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Owner description: 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.
Midlands, United Kingdom
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“A real piece of history”
Reviewed 31 October 2008

A trip to this castle really offers many views of the history of the area. The castle itself is very ancient, its high battlements offer excellent views over the town and surrounding area. Within its walls is the crown court building, which is still in use to this day. You'll see the prison vans bringing in remand prisoners, solicitors and police officers carrying cases of documents and witnesses standing around waiting for justice to be done.

The most interesting of history is housed in the red brick building. This is where one of the existing Magna Carta documents is kept in a dimmed cabinet. It was fascinating to see how small it is and how meticulously inscribed in a strange sort of Latin. This is one of four still in existence from the forty or so originally produced. Now this really is a piece of history that still has echoes today for all of us.

The most strange of sights is in the prison chapel. Rows of masked maniquins stand in their individual cubicles showing how prisoners were kept isolated even during religious services. The chapel was the strangest, eeriest and most thought provoking place I have seen for a very long time. Unmissable and unforgettable.

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