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Lancaster Castle is open daily for guided tours, special events and group bookings. Visitors can enjoy the courtyard spaces, external views of the historic building, two small exhibition spaces, and the giftshop without charge, but public access to the interiors of the castle buildings is by guided tour only.
You can contact us on 01524 64998 if you have any special requests or need any information you can't see on this website.
We're sorry but dogs are not allowed inside the castle.
We are open 7 days a week (except over the Christmas/ New Year period) from 9.30am to 5.00pm, with guided tours running throughout the day.
In winter tours normally operate from 10.30am to 3.15pm on weekdays and between 10.00am and 4.00pm on weekends. Tour times do however vary and are subject to change.
For specific information on tour times and content please telephone the information desk on 01524 64998.
Tours last approximately 60 minutes.
The gift shop closes at 4.30pm.
Tours operate from A-Wing, one of the former prison blocs where visitors can explore our Prison Life exhibition and can browse our gift shop. The shop and ticket desk are signposted from the castle gatehouse.
Lancaster Castle is one of the UK's most significant historic monuments. It has origins dating all the way back to the Romans and has been a centre for justice, incarceration and penal reform for almost 1,000 years.
Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will take you through tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages. You might even get to stand in the dock, raise your left hand to be sworn in, and to learn the true meaning of being 'sent down'. You can try out one of our medieval cells for size and enjoy one of Europe's most extensive collections of heraldic shields.
Please note: While every effort is made to open these buildings up for public viewing, Lancaster Castle is still used as a Crown Court. If the Court is sitting, it may not be possible to view all rooms.
Due to the Courts being used for legal cases we regret that photography is not permitted anywhere in the Shire Hall / Crown Court complex. Photography is permitted in those areas of the castle not classified as court buildings.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide visitor parking on site. However, if you have a disability please call 01524 64998 to arrange access to the castle.
Accompanying Registered Carers are admitted free. Young people under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.
Tours are limited to a strict maximum of 49 persons and tickets are sold on a 'first come first served' basis.
For information on how to get to the castle and where to park please click here.
If you are interested in information about school visits or group bookings please click here
Regrettably the tour route is not suitable for pushchairs or buggies. If your infant is able to walk, or you are able to carry your infant for the duration of the tour, there is a place part-way round the route where buggies can be left, on request, at your own risk.
Likewise, the tour route is not suitable for wheelchairs. Visitors with limited mobility are welcome to call ahead on 01524 64998 if they have any questions or concerns. Our full access statement can be found by following this link: Click here to read our full access statement
For security reasons we are not able to store luggage on site.
Tours are run and managed by Lancashire County Council.