More time for history in Lincoln

Visitors to Lincoln Castle are set for a summertime treat this August – an extra three hours a day to enjoy the castle grounds and spectacular views across the city.

For one month only, a new trial will see evening opening at the Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times.

Usually during the summer season Lincoln Castle closes at 5pm, but for August it will stay open until 8pm – while the city’s Collection Museum, a five-minute walk away, will also be open later every Friday, as well.

The new evening extensions have been announced after it was revealed that since April this year, the Castle has attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

Now the hope is that even more visitors will be able to take advantage of the longer summer days to enjoy the historic site into the evening.

One of two Norman gems at the heart of historic Lincoln, the Castle sits high on a hill, opposite Lincoln Cathedral across a cobbled Castle Square, and has dominated the skyline for almost 1000 years.

From the Castle’s Medieval Wall Walk visitors have far reaching views not only of the Cathedral, but right across the city and surrounding countryside.

Within the Castle Walls is a Victorian prison giving an insight into crime and punishment in the Lincoln of the past, and the Magna Carta Vault, home to one of only four surviving copies of 1215 Magna Carta.

The Collection Museum will also give its visitors the chance to see the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, whch runs from July until 19 September 2021. Booking is strongly advised.

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