Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle: Hours, Address, Lancaster Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Lancaster Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of Lancaster, Lancaster Castle is a wealth of English history. Since being established by the Romans the castle has been a home to monarchs, a place of trial and execution, and a working prison right up until 2012. Still a crown court, the majority of the castle is now open to the public for the first time in over 1,000 years.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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David BB
7 contributions
Lively rendition of the history of Lancaster as castle and prison
Oct 2021
Excellent guided tour around Lancaster castle yesterday. Cameron, our guide, was witty and engaging. His training as an actor was very obvious as he brought the castle/prison to life.
Written 12 October 2021
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Steven Ross
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK7 contributions
Historic site
Oct 2021
Interesting place to visit as it has has multiple uses over the years it has been in existence,has a nice cafe for a bite to eat
Written 10 October 2021
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Marie T
Cannock, UK33 contributions
Could have been a lot better
Oct 2021 • Couples
Disappointing, we only visited The Old Cells, Hadrian’s Tower, Shire Hall, Crown Court, and Chapel Courtyard. The number of people joining the group was too big, the guide didn’t speak up enough, so missed a lot of the commentary. Felt the tour was very rushed, didn’t get a chance to view the artefacts in Hadrian’s Tower, or the shields in the Shire Hall. The Castle outside is beautiful, and can be visited for free, but the tour staff did not do the inside visit justice, could have been a lot better run.
Written 8 October 2021
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ian190817
South Cerney, UK67 contributions
No free tours!
Oct 2021 • Couples
A little confused about "free" tours? It costs £8 each (£6.50 concession). Our guide Eleanor was very enthusiastic, but spoke too quickly and the accoustics made it difficult to hear everything she said. The group was large, 25 plus.
The tour included the courtyard, old cell block, a circular tower and two court rooms. We did not have access to the prison closed in 2011 or the dungeons.
Entrance to the castle is free and the coffee shop looked good.
Written 7 October 2021
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Mel S
Swineshead, UK349 contributions
Historical Lancaster
Sep 2021
We spent just 3 hours in Lancaster and made the most of it; visiting the castle, City Museum and Judges House. We organised our own city tour which took us to the river, through gardens and the town centre. Beautiful and historic City. Free castle tours are available but you need to book
Written 5 October 2021
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Richy1708
Caerphilly, UK507 contributions
Lovely Lancaster Castle
Jul 2021
This is a fabulous castle - we weren't able to get on a tour as they were fully booked. Be sure to pre-book if you want a tour.

The entrance is free - we really enjoyed it. A lovely castle with an interesting history - including the prison! There were a number of displays about the local witches that were hung for witchcraft. Fascinating.

There was a lovely cafe inside the castle, but it was so busy there was no tables outside left for us to sit.

Should be on everyone's list when visiting the area.
Written 3 October 2021
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shirley a
Greater Manchester, UK57 contributions
Definitely take this tour
Sep 2021
Fantastic tour & it’s free. David our guide was very informative/knowledgeable and so enthusiastic. It is well worth doing this tour if you visit the castle as you get access to areas that aren’t available if you don’t
Written 29 September 2021
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Sharon B
Preston, UK1 contribution
Lancaster Castle
Sep 2021
Free guided tour with David The Great…..what a fantastic insight into the history of Lancaster and the castle. David was knowledgeable and so enthusiastic - a true ambassador. So nice to see so much history on our doorstep. Thank you
Written 28 September 2021
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Hootie1963
Garstang, UK487 contributions
Ace
Sep 2021 • Friends
I wasn’t expecting much, boy was I surprised!

Highly recommend you do the tour, it’s free as is entry just now as some bits aren’t fully open due to Covid restrictions.

You get to see some areas during the tour like courtrooms that aren’t accessible alone.

The guide well he was just brilliant!

Interesting history & definitely worth a visit!
Written 26 September 2021
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EGREASBY
Upton, UK51 contributions
A real treat
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a fantastic free tour . The best guide we have had anywhere,!
So much information.
Parked for free.
Impressive courts.

Great heraldry display and our guide explained why lots looked as they did.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was a Sunday but don't know about tours on weekdays
Written 26 September 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM