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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

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. Work out when and for how long to visit Lancaster Castle and other Lancaster attractions using our handy Lancaster trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • We took our two teenage children and went on the guided tour around the castle. It was great value for money ( family ticket £20). The guide ( I think his name was James) was excellent. I would highly...  more »
  • Our tour guide (Graham) was fantastic - absolutely bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm. The tour lasted about an hour and a half but it really didn't feel like it. The castle has a fascinating hist...  more »
  • We spent the first few hours of a cold morning on the Lancaster Castle tour and all thoroughly enjoyed it. An excellent guided tour and very informative and entertaining. There aren't sign boards arou...  more »
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  • Went on the tour today should have guessed really when I went in it was going to be about the prison and not about the castle it self 🤔. However if you want to go an see the court rooms and some cells the you will enjoy it. Maybe they could have shared a bit more information about the witches held there
  • Not like any other castle ive been to. Intriguing and interesting and the tour guide was informative and entertaining. Well worth a visit.
  • Really interesting historic building. Staff very informative and guided tour definitely worth skiing. Ghost tours not so good.
  • Great events on in the old court room. Nice cafe and market in the courtyard. For an evening in the courtroom bring a warm jumper just in case. They forgot to put the heating on. I love the architecture inside.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Lots of different things on daily. You can pay for a tour inside the castle which takes you round the courts, parts of the old prison and a small part of the castle

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