Visiting the Castle


From Monday 1st November our guided tours will run on weekdays at 10.30, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.30. Tours run more frequently at weekends. Please see below for tour times. 

Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis; pre-booking is not available.


Thursday 20th and Friday 21st January 2022: due to the civil courtroom being in use on these two days, guided tours will be limited to the courtyards, A Wing, the Old Cells and Hadrian’s Tower only. The ticket prices for these tours will be reduced to £5.00 (adults), £4.00 (children and concessions), £14.00 (family).


  • Adults £8
  • Concessions £6.50 (over 65, people with a disability, carers, unwaged and students)
  • Children £6.50 (under 5s free)
  • Families £20 – Two full price and 1 or 2 concessions/children; 1 full price and 3 concessions/children; 4 concessions/children (one of whom must be over 16 years)
  • Registered carers – free

Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will take you around the castle, bringing to life its fascinating history. You will journey through tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages.

You will see the dock, and learn what it meant to be ‘sent down’. You can enjoy one of Europe’s most extensive collection of heraldic shields hanging on the walls of the breathtaking Shire Hall. From Richard the Lionheart to Elizabeth II, all the Monarchs of England are represented there, together with the High Sheriffs of Lancashire, from 1189 to the present day.

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. Similarly, restoration works underway at the Castle to repair its historic fabric mean that public access to all areas of the Castle is subject to public safety and security considerations.



10.30, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.30


10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00

Please not that tour times are not fixed and are subject to change. Visitors are welcome to call the castle on 01524 64998 to check tour times for a specific date. 


Visitors can join a tour without booking on a first come, first served basis; please note that pre-booking is not available.

To book your tour, visit the Lancaster Castle ticket office, located under the clocktower in the lower courtyard.


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 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.

For further information on tour accessibility, please read through our access statement ahead of you visit, which can be found here.

For security reasons we are not able to store luggage on site. 


For any queries regarding our tours, please speak to the Museum Service. Tour guides can be found in the Lancaster Castle ticket office, located under the clocktower, and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, please call the office on 01524 64998, or email

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