Lincoln Castle Voted Best in UK
Lincoln is well known for its medieval structures that are perched on top of a hill and look down on the city below. The cathedral, palace and castle draw tourists from all over the world and visitor numbers look set to increase as Lincoln Castle has just been voted the UK’s most popular castle!
William the Conquer built this medieval wonder almost 1000 years ago and in its vaults you can see the Magna Carta, which is a magnet for tourists.
From its great walls you can get a spectacular view of Lincoln Cathedral and the fertile fields beyond.
Holiday Lettings, which is owned by Trip Advisor, thought they should run a poll to see which castle is the most popular in the UK.
The results went like this:
1st Lincoln Castle with 5,116 votes, 2nd Bamburgh Castle with 2,007 votes, 3rd Durham Castle with 1,323 votes, 4th Edinburgh Castle with 786 votes, 5th Stirling Castle with 666 votes, 6th Raby Castle with 626 votes, 7th Dunnottar Castle with 568 votes, 8th Colchester Castle with 410 votes. 9th Berkeley Castle with 231 votes, 10th Ludlow Castle with 132 votes, 11th Windsor Castle with 96 votes, 12th Skipton Castle with 52 votes.
The site manager for Lincoln Castle, Kimberley Vickers, quoted:
“From me and all the staff here at Lincoln Castle, a big thank you to everyone who voted to make us the UK’s most popular castle.
“Our top priority is making sure our visitors have the best day out possible and experience all the beauty, stories and history that the castle has to offer. This award means a lot because it’s voted for by the public and we’re really happy to have support from our local, national and international visitors.”
Head of the company Visit Lincoln, Lydia Rusling also mentioned: “We are delighted here at Visit Lincoln as a city for our key attraction to be voted best in the country. It is testament to the team across the city and it is important for the experience people get at the castle.
“The win has worked out well with the Magna Carta exhibition and the Domesday Book arriving and is very fitting after being awarded from an independent endorsement that is recognised nationally.”
Each year, pupils from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy visit the castle’s brilliant Education Centre. This link takes you there!
YJA editor, Bill Thompson, who lives quite close to the castle, said: “ I am very lucky to be able to look up at the magnificent castle walls every morning as I go to collect my newspaper. I’m delighted that it has received this recent accolade.
“When I was working for the BBC, I once interviewed a man who was, many years ago, responsible for transporting the Magna Carta to the castle’s vaults. This priceless document was put in the boot of his Morris Minor car and he drove to the castle unescorted!”
Lincoln Castle has a full programme of summer events for visitors to enjoy, from live music and outdoor cinema, to medieval re-enactment and the world famous Domesday Book, which is on display until 3 September. For more information visit www.lincolncastle.com.
Keane, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy