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Free Entry & Tour (must be pre-booked)
Built in the early 13th century by Randulph de Blundeville, Earl of Chester and Lincoln. Later the birthplace of Henry IV
The remains of Bolingbroke Castle can be found within the picturesque village of Old Bolingbroke, located on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Bolingbroke Castle is a prime example of 13th century castle design complete with a large gatehouse, round towers and a moat. Today the castle is a ruin with only the ground floors of the towers remaining and the lower parts of the walls.
This castle built by Randulph de Blundeville, the Earl of Lincoln, became the home of the powerful John of Gaunt in the 14th century and was the birthplace of his son, Henry Bolingbroke, who later became King Henry IV.
The castle came to prominence again in the Civil War serving as a royalist garrison laid siege by a Parliamentarian force who in October 1643 defeated a relieving force of Royalists at the nearby Battle of Winceby.
After the Civil War the castle was dismantled and gradually deteriorated until in 1815 the last remaining structure fell. The site was a bumpy field until archaeologists excavated the site in the 1960s and 1970s.
Since 1995 the site has been managed by Heritage Lincolnshire in co-operation with English Heritage.
Tours run between June-October and must be booked at least one week in advance, If you would like to book a tour, please contact Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499
Bolingbroke Castle, Moat Lane, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby