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Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade
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Lancaster Castle's origins date back almost 1,000 years. This Grade 1 Listed Building occupies a city-centre hilltop location on the site of three successive Roman forts,

Behind the imposing walls of Lancaster Castle lies a fascinating past. A place of defence, justice, persecution, and imprisonment. But more than a monument of the past, trials continue in the crown court to this very day.  

Guided tours offer a fantastic and truly original glimpse into the Castle's past. Explore the exquisitely decorated courtrooms, dark prison cells and sombre sites of execution. Brace yourself for the tragic history of the Pendle Witches who were imprisoned, tried and sentenced to death at Lancaster Castle in 1612. Shaped by our visitor's interests and questions, no single tour is the same. Ask about our teddy bear hunt or join our fun-filled kids activity tours which run during school holidays throughout the year. 

Described as one of the North of England's most magnificent and important historic monuments, the site was fortified by the Romans, rebuilt by the Normans, and extended in the Georgian era.

Open all year except at Christmas and New Year

3 Jan 2021 - 23 Dec 2021
Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00*
* Monday - Friday - 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 15:45
Saturday & Sunday - 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30 and 16.00

Closed Christmas/New Year.
Visitors to Lancaster Castle are advised to check opening times by telephoning 01524 64998

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