One of the most sparsely populated counties in England, Lincolnshire is the perfect place for nature lovers. It has tranquil and picturesque waterways and miles of walking trails, all crossing flat farmland, and some gentle hills. The historic county also has pretty stone-built towns that are just one of the signposts to its interesting past. Dig a little deeper (not literally) to find Roman ruins, Victorian opulence, and of course, medieval castles.
Where better to learn about Lincolnshire’s rich history than its fortresses, stately homes, and country houses? In this post, we’ll take a look at three of the most fascinating castles in Lincoln. Which one will you visit first?
3 Castles to Visit in Lincolnshire
1. Lincoln Castle
In a few decades, Lincoln Castle will celebrate its 1000th birthday, which is pretty impressive! It was built by William the Conqueror just two years after he arrived in England. Not everything you see is that old though; there were many additions to the castle in the subsequent centuries, including a Victorian prison.
Eclipsed only by the city’s cathedral, the castle is arguably the most distinctive landmark in Lincoln. History buffs will be delighted to see one of the four original Magna Carta documents on display here, as well as a Charter of the Forest from 1217.
When: 11th century
Open for Visit: Yes.10:00 – 17:00 from April to 26th October. 10:00 – 16:00 from 27th October to 31st March. Grounds open half an hour after the castle closes.
2. Tattershall Castle
Not only one of the most unique castles in Lincolnshire, but the whole of England, Tattershall Castle was built by the then-treasurer of England Ralph Cromwell in 1231. The imposing castle was to show off his wealth and power… and he is still showing it eight centuries later!
This magnificent red-brick castle rises from the Lincolnshire fens and is one of the finest examples of medieval brickwork. It was due to be exported to America in the early 20th century, but thankfully, it remained where it is. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views across the fens from the tower.
When: 13th century
Open for Visit: Yes. Open from 11:00 daily from April to October. Limited dates between November and March. Exact opening times can be found at the website below.
3. Burghley House
Another spectacular castle built by a treasurer (this time it was William Cecil), Burghley Castle came along three and a half centuries after Tattershall Castle and took 32 years to build. It shows off its wealth and power by being one of the grandest and biggest houses of the Elizabethan age.
There are more than 100 rooms in the house, as well as halls, bathrooms, and long corridors. The house is set amid parkland designed by the famous landscape artist Capability Brown, and fallow deer roam the grounds. It’s little wonder that Burghley House is one of the most popular attractions in Lincolnshire.
When: 16th century
Open for Visit: Parkland open from 07:00 – 18:00. Check the website below for the house’s exact opening times.