An English Castle In Rural Lincolnshire

Castles have long been a prominent feature in fairy tales and gothic literature. Famous castles include Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, said to have been the inspiration for the Disney castle, and Bran Castle in Romania, which is known as the home of Dracula.

But there are so many other castles that, although not as well-known, are also spectacular. One of my favourite lesser-known English castles is hidden away in the small rural village of Tattershall, Lincolnshire.

One of the most unique castles in Britain

Of all the castles in the UK that I have seen, Tattershall Castle is definitely unique. Instead of the usual thick stone walls, this castle was constructed with red brick. The main feature is the six-floored tower.

The rooms inside are largely bare, apart from light features and Flemish tapestries from the medieval period. Many of the rooms have huge fireplaces that once would have housed roaring fires.

Interesting history

Despite the castle’s modest interiors, its history is much more opulent. Turn back the clock to the middle ages – 1440 to be exact – and the castle was built for the Lord Treasurer of England at the time, Ralph Cromwell, who was known for his lavish lifestyle and love of fine things. The rooms would have been brimming with luxurious fabrics and fine furniture.








Castle views

Amazing views over the castle’s picturesque grounds can be enjoyed from the sixth floor. In fact, on a clear day you can see for miles – with the faint silhouette of Lincoln Cathedral visible in the distance.

Spooky castle

With architecture belonging to the middle ages, it is no wonder that castles often makes it into the the most haunted lists. The atmosphere in Tattershall Castle is particularly haunting on the basement floor, which would have once been the quarter for the servants.

Events for Halloween are organised at the castle, along with activities themed on the medieval ages. A gothic-style castle wedding even took place here once on Halloween.

Interesting facts about Tattershall Castle and its grounds

  • On the font of  the Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, next to the castle, is a plaque marking the grave of Tattershall’s famous local resident, Tom Thumb, who was reputedly 47cm tall and died in 1620, aged 101.
  • Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has a home in the village and is known as Lord of the Manor of Tattershall.
  • Tattershall Castle’s grounds are home to the rare Great Crested Newt.

 Do you like visiting castles? Have you heard of Tattershall Castle?





    • April 6, 2012 / 16:29

      Thanks Daphne, the views are great and Lincolnshire is really flat, so you can see for miles.

  1. April 5, 2012 / 02:54

    I love castles and this one is a gem!

    • April 6, 2012 / 16:26

      Thanks Darlene, it’s a real hidden gem.

  2. April 30, 2012 / 21:38

    Definitely like castles and never heard of this one. Am I missign something? Is it JUST the tower or are their walls and moats and such as well?
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    • May 3, 2012 / 13:59

      Hi Andrew, ha ha no you’re not missing something. The tower and the grounds is basically it in terms of visitor attractions. There is a church within the grounds and a few other buildings used for administration, but this is the main feature. It’s not like Edinburgh, for example, which has loads of different parts. It’s definitely a unique castle to visit as a result.

  3. January 21, 2014 / 17:15

    Since you have mentioned Bran Castle let me tell you that Peles Castle is the most beautiful castle in Romania, the very first modern in Europe. You also mentioned the spooky Tattershall Castle. According, to Lonely Planet, another castle from Romania, Corvin Castle, is known as the spookiest building of Europe.
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