The team at Quingo Scooters are always keeping an eye out for interesting or unusual places that you can visit on your mobility scooters.
Continuing with our accessible attractions series, we want to share another great place that you wouldn’t usually think to visit, or that you maybe thought wasn’t accessible enough for your mobility scooter.
Today we want to share an amazing piece of history with you as we explore Lincoln Castle. Constructed in the late 11th Century by William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle is now open to the public as a museum. One of the reasons the castle is so special is that it is quite unusual in the way that it has two mottes (two parts of the castle are on raised stonework), and it is one of only two such castles in the country. The ancient monument remains one of the most impressive Norman castles in the UK.
Medieval Wall Walk
Visitors can experience the full glory of Lincoln Castle’s great stone curtain wall – one if it’s most dramatic features. The wall is described as a ‘permanent reminder of its role as a mighty medieval stronghold’.
Even though Lincoln Castle has many steps and uneven surfaces at times, it has been specifically made as accessible as possible for mobility scooters. The east section of the Medieval Wall Walk is completely accessible, with an entrance gate for mobility scooters and a lift to the east section of the wall. The views you see from here are absolutely spectacular!
The Victorian Prison isn’t as scary as it may sound, but it is a fascinating look inside the prison which was designed for a ‘separate system’. This was an isolating regime that kept prisoners apart from other prisoners, ultimately stopping any corrupting influences. For the hard-core history fans – you can even dress up as a member of staff, such as the Governor or the Matron!
Although the Victorian Prison has been made fully accessible where possible, it is important to note that parts of the prison have very narrow walkways and doors. However, there is a lift between all three floors of the, and each floor is fully accessible to mobility scooter users.
In the Victorian Prison Chapel, you’ll find an accessible viewing platform. Here you can survey the congregation from the platform, just as the Chaplain would have done many years ago. Another exciting feature of this part of the Castle are the specially commissioned films and interactive touch screen tables.
Last year on the 15th June, it was the 800 year anniversary of King John and the Barons meeting at Runnymede to discuss a charter of liberties that would change the course of history. The new Magna Carta Vault is one of the most impressive parts of Lincoln Castle’s £22m restoration. Here you can view the Magna Carta in all its glory in the stately vault, and discover more about it on the underground widescreen cinema. The cinema has a 210 degree wrap around screen and 3D sound – a real experience.
The Magna Carta vault and the cinema are both fully accessible, and there is a lift that takes you down into the vault. It is important to note that there are periods of the year where the Magna Carter needs to be cared for and taken away from any lighting, so the exhibition is shut from 30 November and re-opens 24 March this year.
The mobility scooter-friendly entrance to the castle is via the East Gate – this is because the West Gate has a very steep ramp up to the entrance. It is suggested that you see a member of the Lincoln Castle team in the shop upon your arrival, for access related information that will help you to make the most out of your visit.
You’ll find accessible toilets located on the ground floor of the Victorian Prison or at the East Gate entrance to the Medieval Wall Walk.
Lincoln Castle doesn’t have any designated parking, but there are several car parks in the vicinity.
All the exhibitions are priced individually, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to visit or simply do them all in one day! Blue badge holders are entitled to a concession ticket, and carers of disabled visitors are entitled to free entry. Pricing information can be found on the Lincoln Castle website.
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