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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, and cafe/giftshop without charge, but public access to the interiors of the castle buildings is by guided tour only.
You can contact us 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 the Christmas/ New Year period) from 9.30am to 5.00pm, with guided tours running regularly throughout the day.
At weekends tours run from 10.00am until 4.00pm. (10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30 & 16.00)
In the winter, during the week, tours run from 10.00am until 3.00pm. (10.00, 11.30, 13.30 & 15.00).
From March to mid-July we will be operating a new weekday rota with public tours running at the following times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00.
Tour times are subject to change and scheduled public tours are occasionally cancelled to make way for private bookings. For specific information on tour times and content it is recommended that you telephone the information desk on 01524 64998.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
The gift shop closes at 4.45pm.
Tours operate from the café building in the castle courtyard.
Why not take a tour around one of the UK's most significant historic monuments? With origins dating all the way back to the Romans, this fascinating collection of buildings 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, however, elsewhere in the castle.
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.
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
If you are interested in visiting the castle but have limited mobility 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.
For security reasons we are not able to store luggage and bags on site.
Tours are run and managed by Lancashire County Council.