Come to Lancaster Castle for a truly unique experience. Owned by the monarchy for over 600 years, this impressive and inspiring castle was used as a prison from the Middle Ages until very recently and is still used as a court. What better place to learn about history, from the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 to the riots of the 19th-century? This is a wonderful opportunity to see a courtroom and learn how the law has operated over the centuries.
This is history in the raw and in the making – plus it’s a lot of fun! See the castle courtyard, try to find your own name among the 600+ coats of arms hanging in the Shire Hall and spend some time as our ‘guests’ in the old cells for an experience not to be forgotten.
We are happy to receive enquiries from schools throughout the year. Our guided tours offer the opportunity to see one of the last working castles in the country. Learn about the administration of the law through the last 1000 years and experience what it meant to be imprisoned here. Tours run daily between 10am and 4pm and last approximately 60 minutes, their frequency during the day depends on the use of the castle by the crown court. If you have any special subject requirements please let us know.
Why not make a day of it?
After your guided tour of Lancaster Castle, there are plenty of other places to visit; Judges’ Lodgings and the Cottage Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster City Museum and Lancaster Library are all walking distance from the castle.
After your guided tour of Lancaster Castle there are plenty of other places to visit: Judges’ Lodgings and the Cottage Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster City Museum and Lancaster Library are all walking distance from the castle.