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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Don't visit Lancaster castle if you expect to see a traditional castle, Hanging tapestries, state rooms and fine furniture, it has none. What it does have however is a most wonderful and interesting i...  read more »
  • we love visiting castles and learning all about their history, we didn't get to learn about the castle on this tour! don't get me wrong the guide was very good and told us lots, about the courts, and ...  read more »
  • Scaffolding covered most of the building and we were unable to go inside. Gift shop was tiny and we couldn't see much of the architecture. 
  • The store attendant gave us wonderful historical information about my partner's heritage (who's American, but is named Lancaster and has family in Kilkenny). Awesome to know this castle was build by workers from there! Looks impressive too!
  • The moment you go there, you start feeling the history of the place! Everything is beautifully made and it us perfect for having a thoughtful chat, walk or rest. A very quiet, beautiful and clean place!
  • Amazing place full of history the courts are a fab place to go an are part of the tour. They also do paranormal investigations here on a night
  • A fascinating piece of England's history with plenty of stories from different eras. It was a Roman settlement, it saw the last witch trials, it's one of the Queen's seats as the Duke of Lancaster, and it has been a functioning prison until very recently. The tours are excellent with knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and the grounds are lovely to explore, with beautiful views across Lancaster and out to sea. This is an absolute must for everyone visiting Lancaster.
  • Very interesting tour of a fascinating Castle, tour guide was very helpful and lovely. Would definitely recommend.
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