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Dating back to William the Conqueror
ven by Medieval castle standards, this place is properly old – dating back to 1068, when William the Conquerer went on a building spree around England.
It’s mind-blowing enough that it’s merely still standing – but the fact that you can walk around it? That’s just bonkers.
The 12th-century walls are largely intact and make a good starting point to get your bearings of the castle – not to mention a cracking view of Lincoln Cathedral and the surrounding countryside.
The other thing you should see while you’re here is the Magna Carta – a string of concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons in 1215. It’s still seen as a cornerstone of the liberties we take for granted today, and this place is home to one of the four original copies.
Once you’ve genned up on Medieval history, why not take a stroll aroundsome of Lincoln’s old streets? As well as pretty half-timber buildings you’ll find loads of cool boutiques and independent shops.
If you’re into good food (who isn’t?), head to the Cheese Society on St Martin’s Lane where you can sample some rather delicious Lincolnshire Poacher. Tasty.