This fascinating Grade 1 listed building has dominated Lancaster for almost 1000 years and is one of the best preserved and hardest working castles in the country.
See the place where the Lancashire Witches were convicted and condemned to die. Experience the dungeons and imagine what it was like to have been imprisoned there. Visit the Crown Court where thousands of convicts were transported to Australia and then marvel at the beautiful Gillow furniture in the Grand Jury Room and the famous display of heraldry in The Shire Hall.
Lancaster Castle also has a regular programme of theatrical and musical evenings for which early booking is highly recommended.
Lancaster Castle is still used as both a Crown Court and a Prison. While HMP Lancaster Castle is, of course, not open to the public at all, it is still possible to see a good portion of the building, and learn about its long and fascinating history, by joining one of our guided tours of the remainder.
We are open 7 days a week (except Christmas and New Year) from 10am to 5pm, with tours operating between 10:30 am and 4:00 pm. The content of the tours varies due to the pattern of use by the Crown Courts, so we do advise you to ring us before planning your visit so that we can advise you of what is available on any given day. Weekends are not affected by court use of the Castle and tours operate on Saturdays and Sundays every 30 minutes 10:30am to 4:00 pm.
* Admission by guided tour only
* Due to the number of stairs, access with wheelchairs and push chairs is limited
* Guided tours daily from 10.30am to 4pm
* Tour duration 60 minutes
* Admission Prices - Adults £5, Seniors/Students/Children - £4, Family Ticket - (2 Adults/2 Children) £14
* Evening tours available for group bookings
* Tours available for pre-booked school groups
Judges' Lodgings Museum
Good Friday - June 30th & October 1.00 - 4.00, Monday - Friday
12.00 - 4.00, Saturday -Sunday