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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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  • As we were visiting Lancaster we decided to go and check out the castle. Our tour guide Cameron was brilliant he certainly knew his stuff and was very informative as well as funny. The tour was well w...  more »
  • We hadn't really planned on visiting here but glad we did. We arrived at 11am and there was a tour just beginning so we quickly bought a family ticket and joined onto it. So glad we did. The young man...  more »
  • As a veteran of many English Heritage, National Trust and private stately homes/attractions, I rated this tour as the best I have ever been on. The tour is the only way to access the insides of the bu...  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