Things to see and do at Tattershall Castle

A family exploring the audience chamber

Immerse yourself in a medieval world and brave the battlements. There's plenty for you to see and do all year round.

Explore the brick castle

This magnificent 15th-century brick castle is one of the first of its kind in England.
 
Started in 1434, the Castle has all the features of a typical castle but really the ornate windows and the spacious rooms were built for luxury and comfort. 
 
 

Spot Lord Cromwell's symbol

Ralph Cromwell was the Lord treasurer to King Henry VI for 10 years.
 
Cromwell didn't want anybody to forget his privileged position so he plastered the picture of his purse all over our beautifully decorated fireplaces. 
 
 

Follow the window timeline

After 200 years of neglect Lord Curzon of Kedleston Hall replaced the missing windows with colourful stained glass.
 
Follow the heraldic crests of the previous owners of the Castle from Eudo, the first to build a settlement here, to Lord Curzon himself. 
 
 

Patrol the battlements

The Castle was built in the flat Lincolnshire Fens. Walk along the battlements and see for nearly 20 miles.
 
Which local landmarks will you spot on the horizon? It's well worth the climb.
 
 

Wander through the grounds

Our grounds are full of lumps and bumps from buildings long gone. Examine the ruins of our stables or the foundations of the kitchens.
 
Imagine what the site looked like all those years ago. See if you can spot our Egyptian geese and enjoy seeing the wildlife in and around our two moats.
 
 

Listen and learn

Let the free audio guides transport you to 15th-century Tattershall. Listen to what life was like in our Castle and how it was saved from demolition.
 
Both adult and child settings are available. 
 
 

Rugs at the ready

If it's a nice day bring a picnic and enjoy family fun in beautiful suroundings.
 
If it's not so nice you can eat your picnic in the guardhouse seating area. 
 
 

Don't miss

  • the only corridor in the Castle
  • the 18th-century dovecote
  • our priceless Flemish tapestries
  • Curzon's earth closet - the original visitor toilets
  • the original spiral staircase with sunken handrail
  • Second World War planes flying overhead from nearby RAF Coningsby
  • the guardhouse gift shop
  • the views from the roof
 

50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾ 

Start ticking the activities off your list. At Tattershall you can try: flying a kite, making a den, bird watching, catching a falling leaf...
 
Collect your adventure scrapbook and start today.