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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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  • This castle until 6 years ago was a working prison and still holds the crown and magistrates court. You get a guide to take you around for only £8. OUr guide had so much knowledge 2 hour passed very q...  more »
  • Went to the castle and paid £8.00 per person for the guided tour. Times for the tours are shown on a board at the castle. The tour lasts approx 75 mins. Lots of info on the history of the building, in...  more »
  • visited here last week my wife me and a 5yr old boy paid for the guided tour and joined it straight away, took about 20 minutes to get into the castle by this point we knew it wouldnt be for the 5 yr ...  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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