This December will see Lincoln Castle sparkle with seasonal spirit as popular after-dark illuminations return to light up the heritage attraction for 2021.
First staged as part of Lincoln Christmas Market in 2019, but cancelled last year, the illuminated Wall Walk is back 2-5 December, offering spectacular night-time views across the city from the medieval battlements.
And then the whole Castle site will take on a seasonal sparkle for Lincoln Castle Illuminated, 11-23 December, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the festively lit grounds, as well as the Wall Walk.
There’s even a chance for dog owners to join in the fun with their four-legged friends, thanks to special Explore with Paws dog friendly evenings on 15 and 22 December.
Launching December’s after-sunset experiences, the specially lit Medieval Wall Walk – a third of a mile long route around the stone curtain wall – will be open to visitors during Lincoln Christmas Market.
One of the country’s top festive markets, this year’s event will feature more than 150 stalls on the cobbled streets of the medieval square that sits between the Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
Covering the full circumference of the wall, one of the Castle’s most dramatic features, the Wall Walk rewards visitors with spectacular views across the square and the city – as well as a stunning perspective of the floodlit Cathedral.
December is the only time the walk is open to the public after dark, creating an extra special atmosphere and unrivalled night-time views of historic Lincoln.
For those missing out on the Christmas Market opening, the evening opening returns as part of the larger Lincoln Castle Illuminated, which will also see the grounds shine with Christmas lights and Christmas tree lined pathways.
Hot chocolate and mulled wine will be available within the festive grounds and the Castle’s shop will be open for those last-minute Christmas purchases.
Tickets for the Illuminated Wall Walk cost £10 adults, £5.50 children, and £25.50 family, while tickets for the grounds only are £2 per head.
For more details about Lincoln Castle see www.lincolncastle.com
For details about visiting Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com
Photo: Helen Cox