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Lancaster Castle

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Address: Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1524 64998
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Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of...

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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Really historic site, recently made fully accessible to visitors.

Until its recent closure as a prison, the Castle was the longest continuous place of incarceration for a prisoner (600+ years, though not the same prisoner. It was built to defend... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Until its recent closure as a prison, the Castle was the longest continuous place of incarceration for a prisoner (600+ years, though not the same prisoner. It was built to defend the city, and North-West England from Scottish invasion. Lancaster was indeed overrun in the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. It's famous for having held the "Lancashire Witches", executed in 1612, and... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Castle is a great spot for a day out. The cafe serves yummy food at great prices, and there is always something going on in the courtyard to entertain at weekends. If you are looking for a quiet day out, the views behind the Castle and the Priory cannot be beaten and a walk down to the quay from... More 

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Elswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the tour of this. The guide was a young lad and was very well informed. The court rooms are amazing. They even show you the jail which was recently active and also the historical cells where they kept the Pendle Witches!!! The cafe and toilets were a bit of a let down, but I'm guessing they'll improve... More 

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Castle early Saturday morning to book a tour with Chris at reception. As it was so early thier was only a gentleman from Plymouth, myself and partner. Chris is a exceptional young historian who was very informative with a humorous side ,which made the hour and a half tour absolutely fly by. The castle has a... More 

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Arkholme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a super place to go with children and family. Keep in mind that there are some non-wheelchair accesible points. You can get really great guided tours and there are many activities and things to see. If you are in Lancaster you should go here!

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been on a number of occasions in the past and always an interesting and informative day out but we got 'Graham' as our guide this time so it was even more informative and really entertaining as well. Could happily have stayed twice as long and learned even more!!

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly on the website it says the castle is clearly signposted from the M6. Unless you know the castle is a town centre attraction it clearly isn't. The good news is you can see it so can work it out. On arrival we were amazed to find the castle has no parking facilities, so you have to park in the... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice friendly staff who shared their interesting knowledge of the castle a good day out. Been many times but enjoy the tour every time.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This fantastic castle has a long history which is wonderfully explained on an hour and a half tour for just eight pounds. Well worth the experience. Some great rooms. The Round Tower, with all it's flags and many items of torture from the past. The Courtrooms, where you can stand in the dock, The Cells. where you get locked in... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know it's necessary for the restoration of the castle, but the scaffolding really does take the shine off it! Visited on the day there was a marathon finishing at the castle, (poor runners, it's quite a steep uphill walk to the castle!) so much of it was cordoned off. We did walk round and read some of the info... More 

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