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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

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At Lancaster Castle, learn about the long and gruesome role this castle played in English history. On the tour of this 11th century medieval castle and its still in-use courtroom, gain insight into the Pendle Witch Trials as well as the ways in which prisoners were executed and deported. Explore the modern prison block, in use up until 2011, and the castle’s old dungeon cells. Inside Hadrian’s Tower, ponder the display of shackles, manacles and neck irons once used to restrain prisoners. After the tour, take in views of the city and the River Lune from the castle’s commanding hilltop position, or if you prefer, relax in the café, located in the former prison’s waiting room. Put Lancaster Castle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lancaster travel itinerary planner.
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  • This castle until 6 years ago was a working prison and still holds the crown and magistrates court. You get a guide to take you around for only £8. OUr guide had so much knowledge 2 hour passed very q...  more »
  • Went to the castle and paid £8.00 per person for the guided tour. Times for the tours are shown on a board at the castle. The tour lasts approx 75 mins. Lots of info on the history of the building, in...  more »
  • visited here last week my wife me and a 5yr old boy paid for the guided tour and joined it straight away, took about 20 minutes to get into the castle by this point we knew it wouldnt be for the 5 yr ...  more »
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  • Was a fantastic experience Louise our tour guide was amazing she had so much knowledge to share that 1hr 30min tour was over in a flash. Loved it the attention to detail was first class. Only down side was parking. We managed to park on the street near the railway station which had a 3hr return time which was just enough after enjoying soup and a sandwich in the cafe yum yum.
  • Great old castle with loads of interesting history. The guided tour is good, especially if you like to be locked in a pitch black dungeon. The castle has a lot of scaffolding up at the moment due to converting it back from being a real prison, but there's still plenty to see.
  • Beautiful building, great to have a quick tour around the inside with its classical interior. Excellent grounds too, with spectacular views to the west.
  • Lovely tour around the old castle and prison with our tour guide Chris. The tour lasted approximately 90mins. We had the chance to see inside the working court rooms, visit the A wing of the prison and spend some time in the medieval prison cell. Chris was very knowledgeable and I would recommend taking the tour to anyone.
  • great way to spend 2 to 3 hours , lots history of the area plus good cafe restaurant, also great views over Lancaster and river lune to Morecambe and the Lake District