An exciting new phase of development is now underway at Lancaster Castle.

Please note that during this period there will be no permanent café facility available at the Castle and the ticket office will be relocated to A-Wing. Guided tours and events will continue as scheduled.

See History in Action

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See history come alive in the heart of Lancaster

England's dark history, with tales of persecution, incarceration, punishment and execution, has been lived out over the centuries within the confines of Lancaster Castle.

And now, after almost 1,000 years as an imposing and impenetrable place of penance, the castle's magnificent John o'Gaunt gates have been swung open to unlock a veritable vault of intrigue, interest and interaction for visitors of all ages.

Dramatic Film Location

We are happy to accommodate documentary, drama or full-scale movie crews for filming at Lancaster Castle. As well as the atmospheric medieval castle areas we also still have the intact former HM prison cells and walkways, in use until as recently as 2011.

Read our Castle Stories

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