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Festival of Archaeology

Visit Tattershall Castle between 16/07 and 31/07, and gets hands-on with history as we celebrate the Festival of Archaeology once again.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

For this year's Festival of Archaeology, visit Tattershall Castle, and learn about a magnificent 800 year history.

During your visit, you will be able to discover artefacts which were uncovered during the castle's restoration in the early 1900s, and learn about how the castle was restored from ruin, opened to the public, and then bequeathed to the National Trust to look after for future generations.

If you are up for a bit of walking, you can also do our Archaeology Walk. This ten point 1.2km walk takes in the wider estate of Ralph's Cromwell's Tattershall Castle, and provides further information on the scale and importance of the site during the 1400s, as well as its archaeological significance today.

For those younger minds, there will be archaeology themed activities available in the castle, as well as our reworked for 2024 Annoyed Archaeologist Trail in the castle grounds.

During preparations for this year's Festival of Archaeology, ten artefacts went missing in the castle grounds, and Albert the Archaeologist needs the help of some younger minds to find them once more.

On our Big Archaeology Weekend (27/07 and 28/07), you will also be able to enjoy some additional activities in the Parlour like brass rubbing, as well as our archaeology themed colouring-in station, and you will be able to hear talks from trained artefact handlers on how archaeologists work with, and learn from, what they excavate.

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This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

This event is suitable for families.

Accessibility

This event will be located in the tower and the castle grounds, and the grounds are uneven and contain loose gravel and thick grassy areas. The parlour will also be in use, and this has ramped access. The upper floors of the castle tower are accessible by spiral staircase, which is 149 steps in total.

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on
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at
10:30 to 16:30