Things to Do in Lincoln

Lincoln castle gatesLincoln Castle

William the Conqueror’s first castle may have consisted of the whole of the Roman Upper City, with new gates. The present castle, covering the south-west quadrant of the same enclosure, was in place by the mid-12th century, and its west gate dates from this period. For 900 years the castle was used as a court and prison with many being executed on “the drop” on Cobb Hall.

Many original features still remain and the wall walks provide visitors with magnificent views of the Cathedral, the City of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside. Lincoln Castle is open throughout the year closing only for Christmas and New Year celebrations, so whether you visit the city during the summer or winter, rain or shine, you will always find a warm welcome at the home of Lincoln’s cultural heritage.

Lincoln Castle is currently home to a copy of the Magna Carta. This 800 year-old document, one of only four surviving originals sealed by King John after his meeting with the Barons at Runnymede in 1215, is housed in the Victorian prison building of Lincoln Castle. An exhibition explains the origin of Magna Carta and the far reaching effects it has had on our lives, culminating in a darkened room where visitors can see the Lincoln Magna Carta. Lincoln Castle is open throughout the year, 10.00am-4.00pm daily from October to March, 10.00am-5.00pm daily during April and September, 10.00am-6.00pm from May to August

Ellis Mill LincolnWindmills

For centuries wind power has been used as a natural source of energy. A windmill is simply a mill that is powered by the wind. It uses the energy that it derives from the wind and converts it into power to help produce such things as corn and water and more recently electricity.The first windmills were used by the Arabs in the 7th century. Evidence suggests that the first windmills to arrive in the UK were in the 12th century and quickly spread throughout Europe.

As Lincolnshire is a large flat county it proved perfect for the use of windmills. At its peak Lincolnshire alone was estimated to have more than 500 windmills in operation.The remains of 136 windmills are still evident in Lincolnshire today and you can find details of these by following the links on this page.

Ellis Mill is located on Mill Road, so called due to the nine windmills that formerly faced west over the steep slopes of the Lincoln Edge. Ellis’s Mill is now the sole survivor of these mills and is an excellent surviving example of a small tower mill and dates from 1798. There has been a mill on this site from at least the middle of the 17th century. The mill was worked until the 1940s when the machinery was removed and it fell into dereliction. Tragedy struck further when a fire finally destroyed all of the remaining woodwork in 1974.

The Lincoln Civic Trust acquired the Mill in March 1977 and set about its restoration. finally completing it in 1980 and on Sunday 26th April 1981, Ellis’ Mill ground its first flour for 40 years. The Mill is still in full working order and provides flour, subject to sufficiently windy days! The mill is now managed by Lincolnshire County Council but would not run without the group of devoted volunteers who help maintain, staff and promote the site. For further information please email: lincolnshirelife_museum@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc (5)Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre operates a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Chipmunks, and a dakota. In 1986, a unique arrangement between Lincolnshire County Council and the Royal Air Force came into force making it possible to view these historic aircraft at their base at RAF Coningsby.

These aircraft are all still flying and can be seen at a variety of air shows in the summer months. Since 1986, the Visitor Centre has welcomed over 300,000 people, all of whom have received a guided tour. Also enjoy viewing the permanent gallery and temporary exhibitions. Visitors who take a guided tour have the rare opportunity to visit the flight on its home territory, where you can watch technicians who have learnt skills all but lost, working on these magnificent aircraft. Email bbmf@lincolnshire.gov.uk for further information.