Lincoln Castle is located in the heart of Lincoln’s historic Cathedral Quarter. This area is sometimes referred to as ‘uphill Lincoln’ and is full of quaint streets and independent shops, including the Bailgate shopping area and Lincoln’s famous Steep Hill – voted Britain’s Best Street.
There are many ways to travel to Lincoln Castle. The information below will help you to plan your journey whatever mode of transport you use.
Lincoln Castle is well signposted on brown signs on all major routes into the city.
There are several small car parks close to Lincoln Castle but capacity in these is very limited.
Postcodes for these are:
- St Paul's Lane - LN1 3AL
- Castle Hill - LN1 3AA
- Westgate 1 - LN1 3BG
- Westgate 2 - LN1 3BG
- Westgate 3 - LN1 3BG
- The Lawn - LN1 3BU
There are more car parks across the city with greater capacity.
Postcodes for these are:
- Flaxengate - LN2 1JX
- Flaxengate 2 - LN2 1LJ Open Weekends and Bank Holidays only
- Langworthgate - LN2 4AW
- Lucy Tower Street - LN1 1XL (multistorey)
- Broadgate Multistorey - LN2 5AP
- Thornbridge - LN5 7HW
There are direct lines to Lincoln from Newark, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leicester, Peterborough, Doncaster and London. Northern Rail offer special train fares to the city.
Lincoln Central train station is located in the city centre. From the station it is a 10 minute drive or 20 minute walk to Lincoln Castle. A taxi from the station to Lincoln Castle costs around £4.50 and there is a taxi rank outside the station.
There are good bus connections throughout Lincoln and Lincolnshire. Lincoln bus station is located in the city centre next to the train station. Bus numbers 7, 8, 17 and 18 run between the bus station and Lincoln Castle.
All four buses come into the uphill area of Lincoln where you can get off at the Lincoln Hotel, Radio Lincolnshire, Cecil Street or the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, all a 5-10 minute walk from Lincoln Castle.
The Lincoln Walk & Ride bus service links the Cathedral Quarter (where the castle is located) with the rest of the city including the bus and train stations. It runs throughout the day from Monday to Saturday and tickets can be purchased on the bus.
If you travel to Lincoln Castle by bicycle there are spaces to lock bikes in Castle Hill car park just outside the Castle’s East Gate entrance.
The closest airport to Lincoln Castle is East Midlands, which is approximately 50 miles away. Lincoln Castle is a 1 hour 15 minute drive from the airport. There is a taxi rank outside the airport.
If you are walking to the castle from the south side of the city please note that there is a very steep hill on the approach to the castle, called appropriately enough Steep Hill.
This wonderfully picturesque street lined with independent shops and boutiques is well worth a visit, but we felt it only fair to warn you of the steep gradient!