Visiting the Castle


Our guided tours run daily between 10.00 and 16.00.

To celebrate the reopening of the Castle courtrooms to visitors, tours will be free of charge until Monday 4th October 2021.

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


  • 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.


Tours run at regular intervals from 10.00 till 16:00 and last approximately 60 minutes.

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 now 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. 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. 


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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