After extensive conservation and restoration works to the lower Courtyard and historic Castle buildings, the John O’Gaunt gate will re-open to the visiting public on 9th November 2019.
Visitors will be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of our new sweeping piazza, uncovered cloister walk, refurbished Male Felons and King’s Evidence Towers and of course the world-famous Well Tower in which the Lancashire Witches were incarcerated while awaiting trial.
We are also proud to unveil The Kitchen, our fabulous new Visitor Cafe.
Renowned local coffee roasters and tea specialists Atkinsons have been chosen by the Duchy of Lancaster to run the new cafe which includes a stunning bar area in what was original prison kitchen building and a purpose-built space under the Castle’s original curtain wall, with bi-fold doors opening onto a new South-facing courtyard terrace.
The interior fit-out has been designed by Maitland Steel and reflects the company’s well-established branding and contemporary design style. The Kitchen’s menu will feature a range of specialist teas and coffees, artisan sandwiches, cakes and snacks.
Guided tours will continue to operate from the Shire Hall entrance to the rear of the Castle (opposite the Priory Church) pending a move into a new ticket kiosk in the Castle Courtyard by the end of the year.