Getting here

By Train

Lancaster castle is located only 300 metres from Lancaster Railway Station.
The station is on the West Coast Mainline and offers regular services both
locally and nationally.

By Bus

Lancaster Bus Station is just over half a kilometre from the castle. The
bus station is a hub for services across the Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham area, and the bus station is also a stop for National Express services. Visitors to the castle might prefer to alight at Common Garden Street, if their bus stops there, because the route from there to the castle entrance is less steep than from the bus station.

By Car

Located near to Lancaster city centre, the castle is signposted from the M6
Motorway. If travelling from the north visitors should exit the M6 at Junction 34, if travelling from the south they should exit at Junction 33.

We are unable to offer car parking on site. Car parking can be provided for wheelchair users, visitors with limited mobility and ‘blue badge’ holders but only by prior arrangement. Please call us in advance on 01524 64998 if you would like to discuss making such arrangements.


A limited number of on-street pay and display spaces are located at the front of the castle but these are limited to a maximum stay of 2 hours.

As such, visitors to the castle are advised to make use of one of Lancaster’s larger pay and display car parks. There are 3 public car parks within 300m of the Castle entrance.  These are at the Railway Station (LA1 5NW), Parksafe (LA1 1EQ) and Dallas Road (LA1 1LD). Car parks are well signed from all arterial routes into the city centre.  Please use the postcodes for sat-nav assistance.

Visitors might also consider making use of Lancaster’s ‘park and ride’,
which is a cheap all-day option. It is located just off Junction 34 of the M6.
Park and ride buses operate Monday-Saturday and the China Street park and ride bus stop is less than 5 minutes walk from the castle.

Lancaster Visitors Map

Please download the pdf map here Lancaster Visitors Map

Further information

Visitors are advised that the castle is located on top of a hill and that
approaches from all directions are steep.

Visitors should also note that some of the ‘fingerposts’ around the city
centre are out of date and currently point you towards the old castle entrance at the rear of the building. The visitor entrance is now the main gateway to the castle at the front of the building (the John O’Gaunt gate).

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