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View from the moat of the east front at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire
View from the moat of the east front at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire

Tattershall Castle Archaeology Walk

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 now a conservation area in order to preserve the special architectural and historical interest of its buildings and spaces for generations to come.

Tattershall Castle opening times

Tattershall Castle has limited opening hours, especially in autumn and winter – please check the castle's homepage before planning a special visit. This walk takes you on footpaths in the surrounding landscape and you can still reach all the route points when the castle is closed.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Pavement near the entrance sign for Tattershall Castle, Sleaford Road, LN4 4LR

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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, after roughly 100 yards, you will see the Tiltyard field on your right.

Step 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.

Step 7

Turn left and 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 until you reach a small bridge over the disused Horncastle Canal along Causeway Walk.

Step 8

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

Step 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.

Step 10

When finished, cross back over the road, turn right and walk along Sleaford Road back to Tattershall Castle.

End point

Pavement near the entrance sign for Tattershall Castle, Sleaford Road, LN4 4LR

Trail map

Tattershall Castle Archaeology Trail map
Tattershall Castle Archaeology Trail, Lincolnshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Sleaford Road, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4LR

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