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Lancaster Castle

Type: Castle / Fort

Castle Park

Tel: 01524 64998

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Lancaster Castle exterior, Lancaster

Lancaster Castle is owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the 'Duke of Lancaster'. As well as being a fortification, the Castle was also one of Europe’s longest serving operational prisons until March 2011. Many alleged witches were brought to the Castle to face trial, the most famous being the Pendle Witches, who were tried, convicted and sentenced to death here in 1612. George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, was imprisoned in the Castle for 2 years.

The Grand Jury Room includes some superb Gillow furniture, whilst in the Crown Court the branding iron can still be seen. Many prisoners convicted at the Castle’s Assize Courts were sentenced to transportation to Australia. Visitors can experience briefly what it’s like to be locked in the ancient dungeons. From 25 May 3013 the guided tour will include the Female Penitentiary, the chapel yard and the courtyard.

In the Shire Hall, there is a magnificent display of heraldic shields.

There is also a varied programme of events throughout the year, including opera, dark history tours, children`s activity tours, Shakespeare plays and much more. The cafe in the courtyard is open daily from 10am until 5pm. See the website for more information.

Open daily for guided tours from 10.00am until 4pm (Court sittings permitting). Guided tours leave from the cafe in the courtyard through the main gates. Closed Christmas/New Year. Visitors to Lancaster Castle are advised to check opening times by telephoning 01524 64998.

These tours cost £8 adults, £6.50 concessions, £20 family ticket (Explorer ticket - valid for 12 months and includes 10 other museums in Lancashire.)


Please visit for more information about the castle and its history.

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Opening Times

Open All Year
Open all year except at Christmas and New Year (03/01/2015 - 31/12/2015)

* Open daily year round. First tour at 10.30am, last tour at 4pm. Please contact the Castle for tour schedule. Admission by guided tour only. Tours now start at the cafe in the courtyard through the main gateway. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year`s day.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Multipass Xplorer Ticket - 11 venues, valid for 12 months£12.00 per ticket
Adult Xplorer Ticket - 1 venue, valid for 12 months£8.00 per ticket
Adults£8.00 per ticket
child (age 5-18) & students£6.50 per ticket
family 2+2£20.00 per ticket
retired£6.50 per ticket
Xplorer Family & Friends Multipass Ticket - 13 venues, valid for 12 months£20.00 per ticket

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