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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

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#1 of 19 in Historic Sites in Lancashire
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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • A superb day out. Taking a guided tour is a must, as access to the court rooms and cells etc is only available with a tour guide. Our tour guide, Cameron, was very good. The tour lasts 90 minutes and is very informative and very interesting. There were re enactments taking place and the kids could dress up in various costumes and look at the different swords and shields etc. There is a nice café on site too. Parking isn't an issue. I recommend parking in the nearby Park Safe car park which is a few minutes walk away.
  • Walked outside only on a very cold day. Sunday Parking facilities good. Beautiful architecture. Beautiful spring flowers all around the castle.
  • This castle isn't exactly as impressive as some of the others in Britain given that it was a working prison up until 2011. However, this is more than made up for by the really interesting tour. We had James leading our tour who was charismatic, knowledgeable and passionate which made our experience highly enjoyable.
  • The building is beautiful but you can only go inside on a guided tour which isn't practical with young children. It would be nice if you could look around at your own pace.
  • Excellent Tour - very interesting. You need to take the tour to get the full experience and it is worth it. A must if you like history.

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