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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  • This is second visit I’ve make to Lancaster Castle, on the first occasion the open areas were limited and the tour was good. On second visit much more of the Castle was open and the project appeared m...  more »
  • A working castle of Great English heritage, never knew that this part of England used to belong to the Scott’s. An interesting Insight in to the British judicial system within he working crown courts ...  more »
  • I visited with my daughter and granddaugher aged 8. A spectacular castle steeped in history.The whole visit was so interesting.We learned so much thanks to our guide Christopher.He made it so interest...  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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