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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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This was very interesting the lady who showed us round was brilliant and the children in our group... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Donna F
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Historical & Interesting

Wonderful and enjoyable visit. We enjoyed learning about the history of the castle and the prison... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ana D
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Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of Lancaster, Lancaster Castle is a wealth of English history. Since being established by the Romans the castle has been a home to monarchs, a place of trial and execution, and a working prison right up until 2012. Still a crown court, the majority of the castle is now open to the public for the first time in over 1,000 years. Since its opening in 2013, the Castle is gradually developing its offer of tours and events, as well as offering a cafe and gift shop in the grounds.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“working court” (59 reviews)
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Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was very interesting the lady who showed us round was brilliant and the children in our group she was very good with . well worth the money

Thank Donna F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful and enjoyable visit. We enjoyed learning about the history of the castle and the prison. The tour was led by a lovely man who was informative, friendly and pleasant. The shield room was amazing, the architecture and workmanship was simply incredible. Being locked in...More

Thank Ana D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The canals are well kept ,you can walk a long or short walk ,also there are barges to go on ,some where you can have a tea on ,and also a booze cruse if it suits x

Thank O311judith
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lancaster castle has a fascinating history. Extended many times over the years since the original keep was given to King John. For over 800 years it's main function has been a court and a prison. Indeed the court is still held within its walls. The...More

Thank Yorkie97
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had fun climbing up the castle would recommend when one has nothing else to do with young children in town

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lancaster castle has got to be one of the prettiest castles in the country! Still operating working court systems and now hosting a fab cafe in its grounds! The tour takes around 90 mins and right into the heraldic civil court plus many other features....More

Thank vdubwalshy
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing place, which as said on previous reviews was REALLY USED until 6 years ago. It's drive up you can just see how people actually taken there to be sentenced must of been . The corridors to each room are various heights and...More

Thank forever-ill
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my boyfriend had a lovely day at the Lancaster Castle, such a beautiful castle and interesting history. We paid for the guide (lasting 75 minutes) around the castle with a tour guide named Cameron. The tour guide really brought out the life of...More

Thank Lia M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle until 6 years ago was a working prison and still holds the crown and magistrates court. You get a guide to take you around for only £8. OUr guide had so much knowledge 2 hour passed very quickly. We had a mixed group...More

Thank RuislipRichard
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the castle and paid £8.00 per person for the guided tour. Times for the tours are shown on a board at the castle. The tour lasts approx 75 mins. Lots of info on the history of the building, interesting place to visit. Parking...More

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Is this a good place to visit if it's raining
13 May 2017|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Most of it is indoors so yeah I guess so
In addition to the castle tour, does the tour take you through and around the various prison wings no longer used within the castle?
2 December 2016|
Response from lyegreen | Reviewed this property |
We were taken to one disused wing and could ask questions. Just the ground floor. I hope that helps.
Can you visit the castle without having to pay for a tour? Thanks
28 October 2016|
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Response from Jamojam55 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Tour extra.