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The Conqueror's Jail
Lincoln Castle (Lincoln)
Member Name: martin24
Lincoln Castle (Lincoln)
Advantages: Great architecture, masive historical significance
Disadvantages: none for me
Living in Lincoln, I have never really appreciated the true greatness of this castle. It is for this reason I have decided to write a review, not only to let the world know of it's greatness but also to remind myself just how amazing it is.
Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of an old Roman fort, Lincoln Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman castle. At the time one of the most significant settlements in the country, Lincoln followed York, Warwick and Nottingham in William's network of castles in the north/east midlands aimed at upholding his new Danelaw. Aside from two battles in the 13th century, Lincoln has generally been used as a jail, and today the castle walls surround Lincoln Crown Court.
Where it is
Situated in the upmarket Bailgate area of the town, in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, the observatory tower on one of the castle walls offers an ideal view of the city.
There are many events on at the castle throughout the year, and also it has a tendency every year to put on a musical performance - Status Quo have performed there regularly over the last few years. The other events, usually running from April to the end of August, can include Medieval Jousting, Historical Re-enactments, children's Fun Days and Open-air Theatre.
The Magna Carta
What is the Magna Carta, I hear you say? It was basically the first written constitution, drawn up between the King, Barons and the Pope because of disagreements between the three about the powers of the King of England. Lincoln Castle is also one of the few places in the world that one of the original Magna Carta documents can be found (there are only four remaining in the world, one is in Westminster Palace, one in the British Library and one in Salisbury Cathedral). It is on display in a specially darkened room, and visitors to the castle can see it.
I am proud to come from a city that can boast such a landmark. I rarely walk round it, certainly not as much as I should, but when I do I find it interesting to see just how many tourists there are. It is only when stepping back and realising what an amazing feat of workmanship it is that one can fully appreciate the enormity of Lincoln Castle.
Adult - £3.90
Child (5-15) - £2.60
Concession (Over 60) - £2.60
Family (2 adults & up to 3 Children) - £10.40
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A beatiful example of a Norman Castle
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