Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy
Things to do at Lancaster Castle review
Lancaster Castle is a medieval castle and former prison located in the centre of Lancaster, Lancashire. Its exact history is unclear but it is believed to have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort.
A visit to the castle is by guided tour only. It is considered one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country. It has witnessed scenes of significant historical, cultural and political importance throughout the centuries.
Until 2011 it was a fully functioning HM Prison and today the tours will offer you a glimpse into England’s often dark part. You will be able to see inside the prison, the exquisitely decorated courtrooms, dark prison cells and sombre sites of execution. Your tour guide will tell stories of the Pendle Witches who were imprisoned, tried and sentenced to death in 1612 at the castle.
FAQ and Further Information Lancaster Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving food and drinks.
What are the main things to do?
Guided tours around the castle including the prison, the exquisitely decorated courtrooms, dark prison cells and sombre sites of execution. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Mid-rangeu003cbru003e*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – Adults £8, children aged 5-18 £6.50, under 5s are free and family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply
When are they open?
Lancaster Castle is open almost all year round, except for the Christmas and New Year period. For up-to-date opening times u003ca href=u0022https://www.lancastercastle.com/tours-visits/opening-times/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eplease visit their websiteu003c/au003e.
Only registered assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
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