Medieval Wall Walk

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The great stone curtain wall is one of the most dramatic features of Lincoln Castle today and a permanent reminder of its role as a mighty medieval stronghold.

Now, visitors can walk the full circumference of the wall for the first time.  An impressive third of a mile long, the Medieval Wall Walk is a journey through the history of Lincoln and a vantage point for spectacular views across this beautiful city and surrounding countryside.  There is no finer view of Lincoln Cathedral than that from the castle's east wall battlements, which look onto the Cathedral’s majestic West Front and soaring spires.

I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles

John Ruskin

Along the way, explore towers and dungeons and discover a violent past of battles, sieges and public hangings.   Follow in the footsteps of kings, soldiers and prisoners who walked these same walls hundreds of years ago.  From King Henry VIII, who visited with Catherine Howard in 1541, to Henry Carey, convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging in 1859, the walls are steeped in stories.   

Take in the tranquillity of Lucy Tower, dating back to medieval times, but later a burial ground for unfortunate prisoners hanged at the castle.  Scale the heights of the Observatory Tower and your reward awaits you at the top with far reaching views over the city and beyond.  Not for the faint hearted on a windy day!   

Discover the grisly history of Cobb Hall: climb onto the rooftop where public hangings were once witnessed by thousands of people in the streets below, and descend into the dungeon beneath where desperate prisoners once scratched graffiti into the walls, which remains to this day.

Take our audio tour to bring the wall’s history dramatically to life and enjoy the Lincolnshire landscape through the changing seasons.  There’s always something new to see.