Days Out in Lincolnshire

You can enjoy some great days out on your holiday with lots to see and do in Linconshire.

Bolingbroke Castle, Bolingbroke

Bolingbroke Castle, Bolingbroke

The castle was built around 1220 to a hexagonal design, Birthplace of the future King Henry IV in 1366. At the time of the English Civil War, the castle was "slighted", with the towers and walls being torn down and dumped into the moat to prevent further military use. The castle has free admission.

Lincoln Castle, Lincoln

Lincoln Castle, Lincoln

Constructed by order of William the Conqueror, the castle was started in 1068, just two years after the Norman Conquest. For 900 years it operated as a court and prison, its early prisoners suffering execution on the castle ramparts. Still home to the Crown Courts, the castle is open to the public as a museum and displays an original copy of the Magna Carta.

Somerton Castle, Nr Boothby Graffoe

Somerton Castle, Nr Boothby Graffoe

Antony Bek probably built the castle in 1281 and he gave it to King Edward II in 1309. Between 1359 and 1360 King John II of France was imprisoned here, having been taken prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers. It continued as crown property until it was sold by Charles I in 1628 . Some prominent earthworks still enclose the site, including parts of the moat and parts of the castle walls have been incorporated into the present farmhouse.

Newark Castle, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Newark Castle, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Founded in the mid-12th century by Alexander Bishop of Lincoln, the original timber castle was rebuilt in stone towards the end of the century. The castle belonged to King John, and it was here that he died in 1216 following his infamous "surfeit of peaches". Following the English Civil War the castle was slighted and left derelict. Some restoration of the buildings began in the 1840s.

Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough, Yorkshire

Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough, Yorkshire

Well-preserved 12th century keep. This 13th century castle is said to have been the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Ivanhoe'. Considered to be the first example of a circular stone keep in England; previously keeps were either square or rectangular in design. Shortly after the four storey keep was finished, a stone curtain wall was added. The castle gradually fell out of use during the 15th century.

Skipsea Castle, Skipsea, Yorkshire

Skipsea Castle, Skipsea, Yorkshire

Built shortly after the Norman conquest of England. Originally built to subdue the unruly Saxon North of England, it also served to protect the coastline from Viking raids. Henry III ordered Skipsea destroyed in 1221

Flamborough Castle, Flamborough, Yorkshire

Flamborough Castle, Flamborough, Yorkshire

Built by the powerful Constable family around 1351, the castle was perhaps more of a fortified manor house. The tower still stands to first floor level on three sides, the only surviving visible reminder of the castle. Although there is no public access to the ruins, it can be viewed from the nearby road.

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