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Discover 800 years of Tattershall Castle’s history from palatial dwelling to romantic ruin. Explore all six floors of this imposing building from the basement to the battlements, climb 149 steps of its spiral staircase and marvel at the views of the Lincolnshire countryside. If you are lucky you might also see the planes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight soaring above the castle.
The castle stands as a unique monument to medieval wealth and power. Ralph Cromwell, Lord treasurer to King Henry VI, built one of England’s earliest brick castles. It is considered the finest example of medieval brickwork to survive in this country. For 250 years the castle was occupied by many families (including royalty) and quickly fell into ruin for a further 200 years. What followed not only saved the castle from destruction but also helped pass heritage legislation that keeps ancient buildings protected to this very day. In 1910 Lord Curzon of Kedleston purchased the castle at the eleventh hour and set about restoring the castle together with re-dug moats, new interior floors, new window glass and repaired brickwork. The castle opened to the public as a visitor attraction on 8th August 1914 (Four days after the UK joined World War I).
Visitors can take a free audio guide and let them transport you back to the fifteenth century, have a picnic in the beautiful grounds or enjoy a place for the children to play with children’s trails sheets, medieval games, a sandpit and softplay shapes to build with.
*Open for education visits with a selection of led workshops to choose from
*A yearlong events programme for the whole family
*The castle is licenced for wedding ceremonies for up to 90 guests