No visit to the area would be complete without a visit to one or all of the historically important castles. Newark, Lincoln and Nottingham boast three very different castles. All three have fascinating histories with Kings, caves and convicts all playing their part.
This 12th Century castle was mostly destroyed during the British Civil Wars. The remaining Gatehouse, curtain wall and dungeon give an excellent idea of how the Castle would have looked during its lifetime. The most significant event in the Castle's history was the death of King John in 1216.
Constructed in the late 11th Century by William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle boasts the unusual feature of two mottes. It is a breathtaking Norman castle and dominates the skyline of the city. Lincoln Castle is home to one of the remaining copies of Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215 and has played host to King Henry VIII, King Stephen and King Henry II.
William the Conqueror is also responsible for the impressive Nottingham Castle. Built into cliffs, the castle has a complex series of tunnels running underground. The castle itself was demolished in 1649 but the caves are still in tact and regular tours are given around these fascinating structures. King John occupied Nottingham Castle when he stood against his brother Richard I. A battle ensued and Richard besieged the Castle forcing King John to surrender.