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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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Great value family day out

We took our two teenage children and went on the guided tour around the castle. It was great value... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Preston, United Kingdom
via mobile
Excellent guided tour

Our tour guide (Graham) was fantastic - absolutely bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm. The tour... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Fran W
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took our two teenage children and went on the guided tour around the castle. It was great value for money ( family ticket £20). The guide ( I think his name was James) was excellent. I would highly recommend it.

Thank lisaeyre
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide (Graham) was fantastic - absolutely bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm. The tour lasted about an hour and a half but it really didn't feel like it. The castle has a fascinating history and the courts and prison are really interesting and different...More

Thank Fran W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent the first few hours of a cold morning on the Lancaster Castle tour and all thoroughly enjoyed it. An excellent guided tour and very informative and entertaining. There aren't sign boards around anyway, but we got far more info out of the tour...More

Thank KateTJHB
Reviewed 3 days ago

Cameron our guide (not to be mistaken for one of the Royal Princes) was informative witty and entertaining. His manner was unfussy and hands on. Great tour somewhat disturbing in places when you realise how men women and children were treated in the past. Our...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the tour, very knowledgeable guide (James) who kept our mixed group entertained the whole time. The children loved the gory bits and the locking up in the dungeon, no light whatsoever. The more modern prison cells were sobering too. Hope the kids carry the...More

Thank Keith013
Reviewed 3 days ago

this has been a prison for many years and is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster i.e. Our Queen. It is now open to the public for guided tours and the building is undergoing renovation and soon more of it will be open. You can...More

Thank cattac23
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely afternoon out here today at Lancaster Castle with a guided tour of the old court rooms, and prison. The guide was very informative and answered questions happily. Highly recommend.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very chilling to be locked in cells and hear about the hangings outside the castle on market days. Good knowledgeable guides

Thank sallysister
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful tour lasting 75 minutes at least for a very reasonable ticket price. The tour guide, Sarah, was brilliant very informative, passionate and interesting. The castle itself is breathtaking, you can almost feel all the people who've been imprisoned there. They have a lovely shop...More

2  Thank Mandy C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The tour of the castle is excellent - really knowledgeable tour guide who could answer any questions

Thank Abi P
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17 August 2017|
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Response from Jane S | Reviewed this property |
We paid £20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children it lasted about 2 hrs
24 July 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
There are some steps but not many at all
13 May 2017|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Most of it is indoors so yeah I guess so