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
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.