1217 Battle of Lincoln
Marking 800 Years Since the Battle

Re-enactments, lectures, sculpture trails, and more

Lincoln 2017

2017 marks 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln - one of the most influential events in English history.

The battle meant that the invading French forces were repelled and King Henry III held on to the throne. The fighting took place in and around Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, and Steep Hill, all of which you can visit today.

A summer of events in Lincoln to help mark the battle will enable visitors to experience what the battle may have been like, and to learn more of its significance.

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Cathedral Quarter

1217 Battle of Lincoln Trail

1217 Battle of Lincoln Trail

A self-guided trail taking you through a pivotal moment in history following the locations of the Battle of Lincoln through the city.

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Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle

Discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta.

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Cathedral Quarter

Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest

Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest

Two iconic and rare documents, dating to the early 13th century, on display in a subterranean vault inside Lincoln Castle.

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Citywide

Lincoln Knights’ Trail

May 20, 2017 to September 3, 2017
All Day
Lincoln Knights’ Trail

FREE

Follow a trail of 36 Knight sculptures throughout Lincoln to mark 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

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Citywide

Battles and Dynasties

May 27, 2017 to September 3, 2017
All Day
The Collection
Battles and Dynasties

A fascinating showcase of artefacts, from William the Conqueror to the present day. Includes Van Dyck's triple portrait of Charles I and Holbein's drawing of Ann Boleyn on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

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Citywide

Lincoln Knights’ Central

July 22, 2017 to September 3, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
Lincoln Cornhill
Lincoln Knights’ Central

FREE

Take part in free kids' activities and buy official merchandise at the pop-up shop in Lincoln Cornhill for the Lincoln Knights' Trail.

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Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln Castle Twilight Tour - Battle of Lincoln

August 23, 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle Twilight Tour - Battle of Lincoln

Experience Lincoln Castle after hours with a special talk and guided tour to explain the importance and history of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

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Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln Knights’ Reunion

September 20, 2017 to September 27, 2017
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Knights’ Reunion

FREE

See all 36 sculptures of the Lincoln Knights' Trail together in the grounds of Lincoln Castle before they are auctioned for charity.

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Cathedral Quarter

Outdoor Cinema at Lincoln Castle

September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Lincoln Castle
Outdoor Cinema at Lincoln Castle

Bring a picnic and enjoy a unique classic cinema experience in the grounds of Lincoln Castle this September, including A Knight's Tale, Pretty Woman, and La La Land.

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May 11, 2017

7 Reasons Why William Marshal was England’s Greatest Knight

7 Reasons Why William Marshal was England’s Greatest Knight

William Marshal has been dubbed “England’s greatest knight” – and probably the most loyal. He served five English kings from Henry II through to his grandson Henry III, and was 70 years old at the time of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

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March 8, 2017

Nichola de la Haye: the Woman who Saved England

Nichola de la Haye: the Woman who Saved England

The remarkable Nichola de la Haye is truly one of Lincolnshire’s heroes – described as “the woman who saved England”. Find out more about one of 13th century Lincoln’s greatest residents.

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February 23, 2017

What was the 1217 Battle of Lincoln?

What was the 1217 Battle of Lincoln?

20th May 1217 was a major landmark in English history – and it all centred on Lincoln. Find out what happened on that day and why it is so important.

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