Back in August, I visited Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire. Despite living within an hour from this historical place and driving through the village a few times, I had never stopped until now.
Built in the 15th Century by Lord Cromwell, Tattershall Castle is one of three castles to be built in red brick, as traditionally castles are built in stone or timber, so this is quite a unique building to say the least. In 1910 the castle was bought by an American who demanded for all the fireplaces and treasures to be ripped out, packed and shipped to the USA. Thankful, Lord Curzon of Kedleston stepped in and stopped the sale in the knick of time and managed to save the fireplaces. The castle was then left to the National Trust in 1925.
The design of the castle is very simplistic, but just be warned of the 142 steps to the top! Don't worry there are stops every so often for you to catch your breath on and the views at the top are worth it.
When comparing it to other National Trust properties, Tattershall Castle is very empty. There are no elegantly dressed rooms, equipped with highly polished tables. At first I found this very odd, but after a while you soon realise that back in the 15th Century they wouldn't of had a great deal and majority of the furniture would of been lost in the sale of the building. However, it would be great to have basic furniture to show the visitors what would of been there back in the day.
The next best thing at all NT properties is the coffee shop with their lovely scones, however at Tattershall this isn't the case but the gift shop does sell drinks (hot and cold) and it was lovely to enjoy a cuppa while sat outside on the deck chairs looking on to the tower. However, if you do fancy something more substantial, the Holy Trinity Church which is adjacent to the castle sell tea and cake until 4pm most days.
Overall, Tattershall is a place I will probably return to if they have an event on, they have a Christmas market in November and hold the big Easter Egg Hunt with Cadburys in the Spring, other than that I would imagine you would spend no more than an hour here. They have a kids activity where they must follow the signs within the grounds to learn about the Castle past.
Have you visited Tattershall Castle, what did you think? If not, you can find more information on the National Trust website here.