New plans to set Lincoln Castle aglow

The new series of projects designed to improve Lincoln Castle for visitors has been revealed.

A planning and listed building application to give the historical attraction impressive new lighting, as well as revamped pathways and improved wheelchair access, has been submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.

The plans follow the completion of the £22 million restoration project Lincoln Castle Revealed.

The castle walls. Photo: Emily Norton

According to documents submitted by the castle to the council’s planning department, the new lighting will ‘highlight key structures’ including the two gates, Lucy Tower, Cobb Hall and Observatory Tower.

The lighting will also illuminate certain routes around the castle including between the court, the carpark, the western exercise park and the prison.

The planned layout for the new path to Lucy Tower.

The documents state: “The proposal would enhance and sustain significant local heritage asset. There will be wider benefits with improved desirability of the local environment.

“The proposals will have a positive effect on local character and distinctiveness.”

They add that the lighting will improve ‘currently dark corners’ of the site, which they say will be particularly beneficial when large events are held in the evening.

The resurfacing will also benefit wheelchair access, it says.

Lincolnshire County Council has been approached for comment.

Lincoln Castle Revealed, included the construction of the subterranean David Ross Magna Carta Vault, thanks to a £1.4 million donation from the David Ross Foundation

It was opened in April 2015.

The improvements were made possible thanks to funding from the county council, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, David Ross Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and other private donations.

The work was carried out by Woodhead Heritage, the specialist conservation team of Robert Woodhead Limited.

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