Private hire

If you have any private hire requirements – whether for a photographic shoot, feature film sequence or documentary footage, private dining event, seminar, workshop, conference, music concert or courtyard-based performance space – please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that the Castle is currently undergoing major refurbishment and there is limited ability for the Castle to be used for all types of events listed here. 

The refurbishment works, to create new cafe and event spaces is due for completion in summer 2019.  Please let us know about the event hire you are interested in, by completing the event enquiry form below:

Filming and Photography

Lancaster Castle is a striking and unique location for photo-shoots, music video, movie, drama and documentary filming. We are unique in offering two distinct environments in the same location – a 20th century prison and a centuries-old Castle.

We are happy to accommodate reconnaissance visits for film location researchers and then to discuss requirements and rates before agreeing a film project contract.

For more details about filming at Lancaster Castle, please call on 01524 844286.

Venue hire

The Castle is a listed building adjacent to a Scheduled Ancient Monument. We are therefore very careful to ensure that every event staged at the Castle is appropriate, will not damage the fabric of the building and will not cause unacceptable noise or nuisance to our neighbours.

We also have to consider our scheduled restoration works and where we are in the programme in terms of allowing safe and secure access to these historic buildings.

If you would like to hire parts of the Castle for a specific use, please fill in the Downloadable Enquiry Form below and email it to us. This will enable us to give you a speedy response as to whether or not we will be able to accommodate your event on the proposed dates – and what you need to do to complete your booking.

For all enquiries, please email

Download 2018 Lancaster Castle event enquiry form


Corporate Hire

We welcome enquiries from businesses wishing to run corporate events at the Castle. We have various spaces available, appropriate for charity functions, product launches, networking and team-building exercises.

Please contact our Events Team on 01524 844286 for an exploratory conversation about how we might help.

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