Tattershall Castle Archaeology Walk

Walking trail

Explore the former home and surroundings of the Treasurer to King Henry VI and discover the hidden history of a 'landscape of lordship' told through its archaeology. The centre of Tattershall village is a Conservation Area. This was put in place in August 1976 (amended in April 1996) to preserve the special architectural and historical interest of its buildings and spaces. The buildings and features you'll be exploring on this walk are all part of the Conservation Area. Many of those also have extra protection to make sure they will be here for many generations of visitors to enjoy.

The great tower and stables at Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire

Map

Map of the Archaeology Walk at Tattershall

Start:

Start your walk from the pavement near the entrance sign for Tattershall Castle

1

Start your walk from the outside boundary fence of Tattershall Castle.

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Tattershall tower surrounded by the inner moat

2

Standing with the bedehouse sign in front of you and entrance gate of the Castle site behind you, turn right to walk towards the church. On your left you will see the Bedehouses.

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3

As you continue down the path you will come to Holy Trinity Collegiate Church.

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Tattershall Holy Trinity Collegiate Church

4

Follow the path and bear left towards the old Bowls Green (underneath the green is where the Collegiate building remains are) and continue along the path to the National Trust car park.

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Map of geophysical survey at Tattershall

5

Turn right toward the wooden five-bar gate into the overflow car park, bear right to follow the well-worn public footpath through the field. As you rise to the crest, approx. 100 yards, you will see on your right the Tiltyard field.

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Tiltyard wall conservation works at Tattershall Castle

6

Continue along the pathway towards the earthworks which form part of the fishponds. As you come up to the boundary of the holiday park, turn to look back over the fishponds, Tiltyard and Castle grounds.

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7

Turn left to walk along the boundary of the holiday park towards the River Bain, turn left again and walk along the bank stopping when you reach the weir. Turn left and walk till you reach a small bridge over the disused Horncastle Canal along Causeway Walk.

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River Bain at Tattershall

8

When you reach the road turn right to walk along Sleaford Road approximately 70 yards, at the signpost for the Tattershall College turn right to look at the remains of the building.

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9

After leaving, trace your steps back to Sleaford Road. In front of you, you will see the Market Place, cross over and explore the Butter Cross.

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10

When finished, cross back over the road, turn right and walk along Sleaford Road back to Tattershall Castle. The Castle and immediate grounds are currently still closed to visitors.

End:

You finish back where you started on the roadside

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Tattershall Castle Archaeology Walk

Terrain

The walk takes you through public footpaths and grassy fields on mainly flat ground.

Tattershall Castle Archaeology Walk

How to get here

Address
Outside the gates at Tattershall Castle Sleaford Road, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4LR
By train

Ruskington 10 miles

By road

on south side of A153, 15 miles north-east of Sleaford

By bus

from Lincoln to Boston (passing close to Lincoln train station)

By bicycle

NCN1 passes within 1 mile

Tattershall Castle Archaeology Walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, 150 yards. Short walk from car park to main entrance
  • Dogs on short leads welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs welcome in all areas
  • Visitor toilets near the main entrance; no toilet facilities in the castle