Lancaster Castle Remains Closed Until End October

Lancaster Music Festival Events Re-Sited Across The City

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced that Lancaster Castle will not reopen to the public in September but will remain closed until the end of October 2019.  This is due to health and safety concerns following the discovery of electrical cabling buried underneath the lower courtyard.

Commenting on the news, Duchy Head of Communications Debbie Garritty said: “The Duchy is committed to restoring this important heritage asset for generations to come. While we regret that the current phase of conservation work is taking longer than anticipated, we must make public safety our first priority. With this in mind we feel that we have no alternative but to remain closed until the end of October. This will enable us to ensure that all areas are publicly accessible, secure and safe.”

As a result, the Castle will not be able to operate as the ‘main stage’ venue for this year’s Lancaster Music Festival.  Event organisers have been working with the Duchy and City Council teams to identify suitable alternatives for the headline acts previously scheduled to perform at the Castle.

For further information and full details of the revised programme please visit

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