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Judges' Lodgings Museum

Type:Museum

Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS

Tel: 01524 581 241

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Judges' Lodgings Museum

Bringing the stories of Lancaster to life for everyone, through the city's oldest town house.

Nestled below Lancaster Castle, the Judges' Lodgings dates back nearly 400 years on a site that has been at the centre of Lancaster's history for nearly 2000 years. The current house was built around 1625 by Thomas Covell, Keeper of the Castle and famous for locking up the Pendle Witches during the infamous Lancashire Witch Trials. 

From 1826 the house became a lodgings for the travelling 'Red Judges' of the Assizes Courts.  Dressed in their scarlet robes, the Judges decided the fate of murderers, forgers and highwaymen at Lancaster Castle.  Today the house is home to beautiful Georgian furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, elegant period rooms and the popular Museum of Childhood.

 

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Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£5.00 per ticket
Child TicketFree

Accompanied children (under 18 years) free.

Opening Times

Season (28 Mar 2024 - 17 Nov 2024)
DayTimes
Thursday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

* Outside of these public opening hours, pre-booked schools and group visits are welcome..


Events

Thursday, 27th June 2024 - Sunday, 17th November 2024

Style and Sensibility: Regency Fashion exhibitionStep out in style with a new exhibition showcasing the best of Regency fashion.
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Friday, 28th June 2024 - Friday, 28th June 2024

Sex and Scandal? The Edward Gibbon Wakefield case by Dr Colin PennyThe scandalous true story from the history of Lancaster Castle.
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Sunday, 30th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Regency Dance and Music Performance
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 6th July 2024

Guided Tour of the Judges' Lodgings
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Friday, 26th July 2024 - Friday, 26th July 2024

From Morecambe Bay to Botany Bay: Convict Women by Naomi ParsonsLocal historian Naomi Parsons shares the stories of Lancashire women sent to the other side of the world.
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Friday, 30th August 2024 - Friday, 30th August 2024

Lancaster's Belgian Refugees by Henry HolbornThe largest group of refugees in British history were the 250,000 Belgians who escaped to the UK after the German invasion of Belgium, during the First World War.
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Friday, 27th September 2024 - Friday, 27th September 2024

Riot and Rebellion - The Power loom riots by Dr Colin Penny
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Friday, 18th October 2024 - Friday, 18th October 2024

Black History Month: Lancaster's Slavery BusinessMerchants became powerful and wealthy through trading in rum, sugar, wood and other goods produced by enslaved labour.
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Friday, 1st November 2024 - Friday, 1st November 2024

Cotton and Slavery by Professor Alan Rice​​​​​​​Join expert Professor Alan Rice as he explores the reality behind the north west's cotton industry, through the history of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. 
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Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018

Directions

Road Directions

Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the northwest of England. Exit the M6 Motorway at Junction 34 and follow signs for Lancaster. Join the one way system (Caton Road) and pass small retail park on left on approach to traffic lights. Turn left following signs for Lancaster city centre.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Lancaster which is only a five minute walk from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, just outside the city centre. The station is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline services to London and south and Glasgow and north.  Local services include a regular service to Morecambe.  For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk.  The nearest bus station is Lancaster which is less than a five minute walk from the central pedestrianised shopping areas of St Nicholas' Arcade and Marketgate. Local, regional and national services are available.  For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk.

Facilities

Other

  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Seasonal Opening Only
  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre

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