Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Tattershall Castle proudly rises from the flat Lincolnshire fens; a survivor of conflict, decay and restoration. Built of red brick in an era of stone, this fortified manor is one of the earliest and finest surviving examples of English medieval brickwork. A past home to Lords, ladies, soldiers and cows, the castle was built by the Treasurer of England, Lord Ralph Cromwell in the 1440s and saved for the nation by Lord Curzon of Kedleston in 1911. Take the winding staircase, wander through vast echoing chambers and walk out onto the battlements revealing the beauty of the Lincolnshire countryside. Eating and Shopping: Guardhouse shop selling hot and cold drinks, wrapped cakes, sandwiches, crisps, ice-cream, gifts and souvenirs. Picnics welcome. Making the most of your day: Free audio guides for children and adults. Events throughout the year, including Easter Egg fun, medieval re-enactments, open-air theatre and Christmas market. Accessibility: Site contains loose gravel paths (difficult for manual wheelchairs) and uneven grassy surfaces. Wheelchair access to the ground floor only. Access to the rest of the castle via a spiral staircase (149 steps) and steps to the basement. Dogs: Welcome on leads in the grounds only.
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  • N D
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom1,414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly Surprised
    There was a lot more to see at the castle than I was expecting, even though the building consists of a single tower. The views from the top are amazing. Slightly disappointed that we couldn’t get to the tilt yard. The church next door is an added bonus although not part of the National Trust
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Lucy P
    Colchester, United Kingdom173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the roof
    Lovely grounds and very friendly staff. The castle has limited exhibits inside but the layout and views are lovely. The shop is lovey and the book shop section is a great addition. Food and drink is the shop is limited selection wise. Lots of picnic tables. Views really are nice. They’d set up a trail for summer and some lawn games which was nice.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • musicjukebox
    Lincoln, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different, unique, and a trendsetter
    Tattershall castle is unique and stunning, as a rare red brick castle. The castle also formed the architechtural inspiration for Eton College and Hampton Court Palace. There is a bonus free visit next door to the church, renowned for local real life Tom Thumb's grave * man who inspired the fairytale * and a nice small food offering.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Dariusz S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive castle
    This this impressive castle. It isn't huge, but it has a lot to offer for history lovers. We liked the fact the we were able to enter every level from basement to the top. Take your picnic if you want to stay for longer as there is no café on site.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,259 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing bit of history with views.
    We had a relaxing stop off here on our way to Skegness. The tower itself has several floors with information panels. The views from the top are just great, we had a clear day and you could see Lincoln Cathedral and Boston Stump as well as the local landmarks such as the RAF airbase. It's National Trust but isn't busy enough to warrant a cafe.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Bob L
    Banbury, United Kingdom279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A castle not to be missed - i has a wonderful history.
    Our party of 15 booked well in advance of our planned visit and we were made especially welcome by Nigel our guide who was dressed in costume of the period in which the castle had it hey day. It is the family home of the Cromwells ( not Oliver) and we were delighted to have in our party the sister of the current Lord Cromwell which made it all rather special. Our private tour was the last of six calls to historic Lincolnshire locations that our history group had made in and around Lincoln over a long weekend. It was a fitting end and the history of this impressive castle was given the full treatment for our benefit by Nigel. Thanks also to the reception team for looking after us so well.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 April 2024
  • kaznshell
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice apart from the sarcasm
    My partner and I got a free pass thanks to the Martin Lewis website, (check it out folks, offer open till June), and went on a miserable grey day as we live not too far away on the east coast. The parking is free which is good, and on the way to the castle is a very nice church, a bit dishevelled but so peaceful. We then made our way to the castle, via the signs, to the entrance which is a separate building. Here is where the problem is. We were welcomed and our pass zapped, to be then told that the (only) toilets were way back from where we had just come. I can't understand why there is no sign letting visitors know this on the way over, as someone who is not so fit would struggle with this. A simple sign, that's all it needs. So we went all the way back to the toilet, and then all the way back to the entrance building, as the castle is roped off, so we assumed that the entrance to the actual castle was back through the building where we showed the pass. So we walked backed in and asked, to be told (and I quote) "it is out there to the left, the big red building in front of you". Now I've often wondered what makes people say rude, "jokey" things like that, when a simple, "it is just out there to the left" would suffice, and I have come to the conclusion that they must be very insecure, unhappy and embittered little beings. We didn't notice the gap in the rope as we have never been there before, this person works there everyday so they know where it is. If they hadn't had to do the directing to the toilet bit as part of their spiel, I would imagine we would have been directed which way to go after the welcome and information giving, as is the usual procedure. Tainted the visit for me, so they weren't the greatest ambassador for the National Trust. I work in a reception and I would never say something like that that to someone. The castle itself is great though, very interesting, and we got to go right to the top, where the views are excellent. All for free too!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
  • DadandCab
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This place way exceeded our expectations. We were expecting a shell of a building that we could photograph and not much else. In contrast, whilst not furnished, there is a lot of architectural interest on each floor with amazing fireplaces and ceilings on each level, all the way up to the roof which has great views of the surrounding countryside. There is excellent information presented on each level about the history of the castle ownership, design and construction. The gardens are well kept and there are plenty of benches and tables for a sit down to admire the view or have a picnic. Also unusual to see a double moat. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
  • Joanne C
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Really interesting, but probably better on a fine day as the roof is open for views which are spectacular. We even had a fly past from Coningsby. Lots of room for children to play on the grass and a great place to have a picnic. Lots of stairs so not suitable for everyone
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
  • john b
    Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    good experience
    We really enjoyed the castle and loved the views at the top of the castle, a lot of steps which was ok for us but some people would struggle, i thought the staff there were fab and had lots of information to tell you. The church next door was really good and we had a cup of tea and home made cake when there and again the staff there were fab and really friendly. it was a good thing to go and see and we walked from our caravan on tattershall lakes and that was a nice walk and in total was about 3 hours
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2024
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Robin S
Ilkeston, England, United Kingdom22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The site is smaller than many National Trust properties with not much in the way of grounds. However, the castle is superb. Great fireplaces and a bit of furniture inside, fantastic views from the top. The story of the castle is well presented on the information boards. I joined a guided group - it lasted about 30 minutes and the guide was excellent. A great place to spend a couple of hours.
Written 13 July 2024
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Sami-7299
Stockport, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Small but beautiful. Had a wonderful walk around, stunning views from the top. No cafe, but neighbouring church serves tea/coffee and cake on certain days.
Written 30 June 2024
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john b
Ellesmere Port, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed the castle and loved the views at the top of the castle, a lot of steps which was ok for us but some people would struggle, i thought the staff there were fab and had lots of information to tell you.
The church next door was really good and we had a cup of tea and home made cake when there and again the staff there were fab and really friendly. it was a good thing to go and see and we walked from our caravan on tattershall lakes and that was a nice walk and in total was about 3 hours
Written 23 June 2024
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Joanne C
Ellesmere, UK509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really interesting, but probably better on a fine day as the roof is open for views which are spectacular. We even had a fly past from Coningsby. Lots of room for children to play on the grass and a great place to have a picnic. Lots of stairs so not suitable for everyone
Written 26 May 2024
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DadandCab
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place way exceeded our expectations. We were expecting a shell of a building that we could photograph and not much else. In contrast, whilst not furnished, there is a lot of architectural interest on each floor with amazing fireplaces and ceilings on each level, all the way up to the roof which has great views of the surrounding countryside. There is excellent information presented on each level about the history of the castle ownership, design and construction. The gardens are well kept and there are plenty of benches and tables for a sit down to admire the view or have a picnic. Also unusual to see a double moat. Highly recommended.
Written 26 May 2024
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david s
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A truly beautiful setting for a wonderfully preserved castle. Magnificent views for miles and miles from the roof, to Lincoln Cathedral in the far-distance and RAF Coningsby, a short distance away.
The staircases are wide enough that my wife , who fears narrow spaces, was perfectly comfortable accessing the climb. The lakes are full of wildlife, the former tilting-yard was well-maintained and there is a decent bookshop,and toilet facilities. The next door church is also not to be missed and had tea/coffee and a selection of wondrous cakes, all on sale for £1.50 each. We stocked up for our three-day journey for a tenner! And it was dog-friendly, but it would be with cakes at that price.
Written 22 May 2024
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kaznshell
nottingham3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My partner and I got a free pass thanks to the Martin Lewis website, (check it out folks, offer open till June), and went on a miserable grey day as we live not too far away on the east coast. The parking is free which is good, and on the way to the castle is a very nice church, a bit dishevelled but so peaceful. We then made our way to the castle, via the signs, to the entrance which is a separate building. Here is where the problem is. We were welcomed and our pass zapped, to be then told that the (only) toilets were way back from where we had just come. I can't understand why there is no sign letting visitors know this on the way over, as someone who is not so fit would struggle with this. A simple sign, that's all it needs. So we went all the way back to the toilet, and then all the way back to the entrance building, as the castle is roped off, so we assumed that the entrance to the actual castle was back through the building where we showed the pass. So we walked backed in and asked, to be told (and I quote) "it is out there to the left, the big red building in front of you". Now I've often wondered what makes people say rude, "jokey" things like that, when a simple, "it is just out there to the left" would suffice, and I have come to the conclusion that they must be very insecure, unhappy and embittered little beings. We didn't notice the gap in the rope as we have never been there before, this person works there everyday so they know where it is. If they hadn't had to do the directing to the toilet bit as part of their spiel, I would imagine we would have been directed which way to go after the welcome and information giving, as is the usual procedure. Tainted the visit for me, so they weren't the greatest ambassador for the National Trust. I work in a reception and I would never say something like that that to someone. The castle itself is great though, very interesting, and we got to go right to the top, where the views are excellent. All for free too!
Written 16 May 2024
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Kag&Co
Yorkshire37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The castle, only the tower remains was quite interesting. A lot of stairs, so not suitable for the less mobile. But what is also not suitable for the less mobile is the parking and toilets. This is the reason for only 3 stars. The parking is in the car park at the other side of the church, so quite a walk before you even reach the ticket office and a further walk to the tower. Not an issue for the able bodied but could wear out the less mobile before you even start. But the biggest issue is the toilets. The toilet block is behind the ticket office but can only be accessed by crossing a large gravelled area, perhaps 75ft long. The gravel was deep and my companion, who walks with 2 sticks, really struggled and was quite distressed by this. You would never be able to cross it in a wheelchair, and even a pushchair would be difficult. As this area is accessible from the main road, why is this not the blue badge car park? It would help to address both issues I have highlighted. If you have mobility issues, please be aware.
Written 23 April 2024
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Bob L
Banbury, UK279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our party of 15 booked well in advance of our planned visit and we were made especially welcome by Nigel our guide who was dressed in costume of the period in which the castle had it hey day. It is the family home of the Cromwells ( not Oliver) and we were delighted to have in our party the sister of the current Lord Cromwell which made it all rather special. Our private tour was the last of six calls to historic Lincolnshire locations that our history group had made in and around Lincoln over a long weekend. It was a fitting end and the history of this impressive castle was given the full treatment for our benefit by Nigel. Thanks also to the reception team for looking after us so well.
Written 17 April 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a relaxing stop off here on our way to Skegness. The tower itself has several floors with information panels. The views from the top are just great, we had a clear day and you could see Lincoln Cathedral and Boston Stump as well as the local landmarks such as the RAF airbase.
It's National Trust but isn't busy enough to warrant a cafe.
Written 15 April 2024
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