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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 Europe’s longest-serving operational prison until its closure in March 2011. In addition, its courtrooms have witnessed many famous and infamous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1612.

The castle was also the site of the trials of the Lancashire Martyrs between 1584 and 1646, and George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, was imprisoned there for two years.

The Grand Jury Room houses some superb Gillow furniture, and in the Shire Hall there is a magnificent display of heraldic shields.

The Crown Court dock still has the branding iron which was used on 'malefactors' until 1811. From 1596, many prisoners convicted at the Castle were sentenced to transportation, initially to the West Indies and American colonies, and later to Australia. Visitors can also experience briefly what it’s like to be locked in one of our 18th century cells. Since May 2013 the guided tour has also included the Female Penitentiary, the chapel yard and the main courtyard of the former prison.

There is also a varied programme of events throughout the year, including theatre, music, dark history tours, children`s activity tours, Halloween tours, murder mysteries, 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 10am until 3pm (1st Nov to 1st Apr - Court sittings permitting). Guided tours leave from the cafe in the courtyard which is accessed through the main gates. Closed Christmas/New Year. Visitors to Lancaster Castle are advised to check opening times by telephoning 01524 64998.

The guided tours cost £8 adults, £6.50 concessions, £20 family ticket (the Explorer ticket - valid for 12 months is excellent value and includes entry to 11 other museums in Lancashire.)

Please note that dogs are not permitted in Lancaster Castle, with the exception of assistance dogs.

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Opening Times

Open All Year
Open all year except at Christmas and New Year (3 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015)

* Open daily for guided tours at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm (1st Nov to 1st Apr - Court sittings permitting). Café open daily from 10am until 5pm. Closed Christmas/New Year. Visitors to Lancaster Castle are advised to check opening times by telephoning 01524 64998.


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