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Visiting Lincoln Castle

All the information you need to plan your visit to Lincoln Castle.

Lincoln Castle Revealed

An important announcement! At 4pm on Tuesday 23rd December, Lincoln Castle will be closing its gates for the final time on the Castle as you know it. Lots will be happening behind the scenes as we make the final preparations before the grand reveal on 1st April 2015. We will keep you posted on these exciting developments via our new website where you will be able to sign up to receive all of the latest news first. We look forward to welcoming you to our fantastic new look Castle on 1st April.

As part of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project we are currently carrying out vital restoration of the north and west curtain walls of Lincoln Castle, which have suffered extensive water damage over the years. We are also improving the wall walk which will see the entire wall eventually opened up to visitors as a complete circuit.

As a result the area to the south of the prison building is currently inaccessible to visitors for safety reasons. This means visitors will not be able to enter the Lucy Tower or the Observatory Tower though other sections of the Castle wall walk will still be open (subject to weather conditions).

The prison is currently closed whilst it undergoes major refurbishment as part of the final phase of our redevelopment.

For full details of our exciting Lincoln Castle Revealed project, which includes improvements to the wall walks, a new Magna Carta exhibition and the opening up of the Victorian Male Prison, please visit the Lincoln Castle Revealed page.

The works are scheduled to be completed in time for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015.

If you are planning your visit and would like to know more about which parts of the Castle are accessible, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 01522 782 040 prior to your visit.

Opening hours

Lincoln Castle is open throughout the year closing only for Christmas and New Year celebrations, so whether you visit the city during the Summer or Winter, rain or shine, you will always find a warm welcome at the home of Lincoln’s Cultural Heritage.

  • 10.00am-4.00pm daily from October to March
  • 10.00am-5.00pm daily during April and September
  • 10.00am-6.00pm from May to August

Open at 10.45am on the first Wednesday of every month due to staff training.

Closed 1st Dec - 9th Dec inclusive for the Lincoln Christmas Market

Closed 24th - 26th Dec, 31st Dec and 1st Jan

Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

Admission charges

  • Adults £2.00
  • Concessions £1.60
  • Child £1.20
  • Family ticket (two adults and up to three children) £5.20
  • Under 5s Free

As part of the admission fee, there are free guided tours of the castle dependent on the time of year with more information on booking group tours and prices available on the Guided Tours page.

Please note that prices may vary for special events.

Child rates apply to:

  • children aged 5 -18 years

Concessionary rates apply to the following groups:

  • people aged 60 and above
  • people who are unemployed
  • people who are in receipt of income support
  • people who are in full time education
  • people with impairments/conditions that impact on their day-to-day living as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry no dogs except assistance dogs.

Parking, access and facilities at Lincoln Castle


The nearest parking facilities can be found at The Lawn Visitor Centre, Union Road, Lincoln and Westgate Carpark, Westgate, Lincoln. Further information on parking in Lincoln can be found on the City of Lincoln website.


Lincoln Castle is partially accessible and the shop has an induction loop.

Gift Shop

The castle gift shop offers something for everyone! The shop stocks a range of items from contemporary jewellery to copies of the Lincoln Magna Carta.

Directions to Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is situated in the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. The information below should help you to plan your journey.

By road

Lincoln Castle is easily accessed by road. Look for the brown signs showing Lincoln Castle, which will direct you through the city.

By rail

The nearest rail station is Lincoln Central which operates services to locations throughout the country. The castle is approximately a 15 minute walk from the station. Alternatively you can take the Ride bus.

By air

The nearest airport to Lincoln is Humberside Airport.


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Lincoln Castle

Castle Hill



+44 (0)1522 782040


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Last updated: 10 December 2014

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