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Home of the 1215 Magna Carta

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.

Book tickets for Lincoln Castle now or buy a joint ticket to visit the Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.

Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, Lincoln Castle has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost one thousand years.  Inside the Castle walls is also a Victorian prison giving an insight into crime and punishment in the Lincoln of the past.

Lincoln Castle hosts an exciting events programme through the year and offers free guided tours that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its Castle. Join one of the experienced tour guides to discover more about the history of Lincoln Castle and its role in the city through its history.

The Heritage Skills Centre, hidden within the Castle grounds, offers taster sessions on crafts such as stained glass works, silversmithing and stone carving.

Castle Grounds

Lincoln Castle's grounds are free to enter and explore on non-event days - perfect for a rest or a picnic in a unique location. Look out for the Castle Stories on plaques on the floor throughout that tell the stories of the people who have visited or even resided in the castle over the years.

Access to the Castle gift shop and Langton's Cafe is also free.

David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault

The Castle is home to the Lincoln's own Magna Carta, one of only four original copies dating back to 1215, as well as the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world, a unique opportunity to see the documents that shaped society as we know it today.

Lincoln's Magna Carta takes residence in the state-of-the-art, subterranean David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault within the renovated Castle walls. Go underground to see the document itself, read the words in English and learn about its history and significance in a 210° cinema room.

Please note: at certain times during the year documents are at rest and unavailable. Please see the Lincoln Castle website for details of which documents are on display and when or call 01522 554559 for details.

Medieval Wall Walk & Audio Guides

Accessible by a spiral staircase or lift, Lincoln Castle's Medieval wall walk is a unique experience. Visitors can walk the whole circumference of the walls giving stunning views over Lincoln - including one of the best views of Lincoln Cathedral in the city.

An audio guide is available to tell you of the Castle's history and to highlight sites that can be seen across Lincolnshire from the high vantage points - a different version is available for adults and children. The adult guide is available in English, French, and German.

Georgian & Victorian Prison

Lincoln Castle's Georgian and Victorian Prison was built in 1788 and was used as a debtor's prison until 1878.

The prison accommodated the 'separate system' - keeping prisoners isolated to encourage them to reflect, repent and reform. This can be seen by the single cells and the unique separate system chapel - the only original of its kind left in the world.

Three floors of restored prison cells, over a male and female wing, offer an opportunity to learn about the justice system of Victorian England. Living history prisoners & guards and interactive touch-screen tables show videos and information about the historic people that spent their life in the prison.

Archaeology Exhibition

During Lincoln Castle's 2013 excavations and restoration, an ancient, Anglo-Scandinavian church was found 3m below the ground. Objects found during the dig are on display in the Castle featuring a stone sarcophagus containing the body of a high status individual - known due to the shoes worn at the point of burial.

The church and the ten skeletons found in it will be brought to life in an exhibition showing finds including the skeletons and other objects found dating back to Roman, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian times.


Although Lincoln Castle is a historic monument, a huge effort has been made to ensure as much of it as possible to accessible to as many visitors as possible.

The majority of the grounds of the castle are flat and accessible. The Medieval Wall Walk has a lift to the east section, which is flat and has stunning views of Lincoln Cathedral. An audio guide is available for the Medieval Wall Walk and a transcript of the full script is available for visitors with hearing impairments.

Some parts of the Victorian Prison have very narrow walkways and doors making access difficult for wheelchair users, although there are lifts to all three floors of the prison, and a viewing platform for the chapel. Transcripts of the Victorian Prison films are available.

There is a lift to the David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault, which is fully accessible. Transcripts of the Magna Carta films are available.

Admission is free for carers of visitors with disabilities - please note that proof of eligibility may be requested. The castle has two wheelchairs for hire. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Find out more about accessibility at Lincoln Castle on the Lincoln Castle Access Statement.


Lincoln Castle welcomes groups of up to 50 with 10% discount on entry and catering available. Download a suggested Lincoln Castle for Groups itinerary or email Lincoln Castle for further information.

Additional Information

  • Free entry to the Castle grounds
  • Gift Shop
  • Cafe

Family Friendly Events & Things to Do

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Opening Times & Prices

April - September: 10am – 5pm (grounds close 5.30pm)

October - March: 10am – 4pm (grounds close 4.30pm)

Open every day of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day. Restricted access applies on certain event days. Please call ahead before travelling.

Entry to the castle grounds is free excluding event days.

The Castle Day Ticket includes admission to the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault. Tickets can be bought on the Lincoln Castle Digitickets website:

  • Adult: £14;
  • Concession: £11.50;
  • Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.50;
  • Under 5s: free;
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £35.50;
  • Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities: free.

Medieval Wall Walk only: Adult £8, Concession £7, Child £5.50, Family £21.50, Under 5s free.

Annual pass: Adult £33, Concession £28, Child £16, Family £82, Under 5s free.

Please note that on event days admission is only valid with a Castle Day Ticket.

Lincoln Castle & Lincoln Cathedral Joint Ticket (including one free return to Lincoln Cathedral within 6 months): Adults £18Concessions £15Child £10Family £46.


Trails at Lincoln Castle


Through the Looking-Glass Display

April 6; 2019 to August 9; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Through the Looking-Glass Display

Visit the Magna Carta Vault in Lincoln Castle to see a first edition of Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There' on display, gifted to Alfred Lord Tennyson by Lewis Carrol for Christmas in 1871.

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Lincoln Castle Dog Friendly Weekend

July 20; 2019 to July 21; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lincoln Castle Dog Friendly Weekend


Unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion over the weekend for a paw-some day out.

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Lincoln Castle Car Rallly

July 21; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Classic Cars at Lincoln Castle


Kick off the summer holidays as the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society host their annual rally in the Castle grounds.

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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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Heritage Skills Centre

Heritage Skills Centre

Heritage doesn’t get more hands-on then this - try workshops and classes on traditional crafts such as stone masonry and stained-glass window painting at the newly built Heritage Skills Centre within the walls of Lincoln Castle.

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