The gates will close on the old Lincoln Castle for the final time next week ahead of a re-opening in 2015 with brand new exhibits and places to explore.
At 4pm on Tuesday, December 23, the attraction will close to the public for three months as the finishing touches are made to the £22m Lincoln Castle Revealed project.
The all new castle will be unveiled on April 1, 2015, giving visitors the chance to:
· See Magna Carta, the document that changed the course of history, and immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter in a widescreen cinematic experience in the new David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault.
· Explore the towers and dungeons of the Medieval Wall Walk with a brand new informative and atmospheric audio guide and spectacular views over Lincoln and the magnificent cathedral.
· Visit the imposing Victorian Prison and extraordinary separate system chapel, coming face-to-face with convicts from the past and hearing their stories with a brand new interpretation including films, panels and interactive digital screens.
The attraction will also have a new café and castle shop.
Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage on Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is an extremely ambitious project, and one that will put Lincolnshire firmly in the spotlight.
“The castle will be the only place in the world where Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest can be seen together, and these improvements will give them the home they deserve.
“This will make the castle an attraction of international importance, bringing in many more visitors from near and far. I’m sure people will be impressed when we unveil the all new Lincoln Castle in April, giving them their first chance to see the improvements first-hand.”