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Lancaster Castle

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Address: Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
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+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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Very informative

We were shown around the castle by Christopher who was a very informed and charismatic guide. The tour started outside, but then went inside where we saw very very old holding... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were shown around the castle by Christopher who was a very informed and charismatic guide. The tour started outside, but then went inside where we saw very very old holding rooms, court rooms still in use today, torture devices, a noose, shields from nobility past and present, as well as numerous painting, elaborate furniture and a branding iron. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoy the tour around the castle, it is a must when you are visiting Lancaster; our tour guide was really nice and explained everything in a detailed way, he even took us to places that were not part of the normal tour and explained us everything! I really enjoyed my tour, however since the castle is under remodelation... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thought my 6 year old son would enjoy a trip to Lancaster castle today as like most boys that age they love anything castle orientated like swords..knights outfit etc...so drove all the way from oldham (a hour and 15 mins) which is a long way to go to get disappointed and once we got to the castle which was hard... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't do the tour but we didn't see the point because it didn't seem like much was going on within the castle it didnt seem very big. Having said that it was nice to walk around the small area of grounds see the old prison from the outside.

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Thank Jamie L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting tour of castle which has also been used as a prison and still has a court house. The court room where the Pendleton witch trials were held is tiny. Didn't realise that the 'Birmingham 6' trial was held here. Friendly, informative guide really brought the place alive. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a cold rainy day so decided to take a break from walking and visit the Castle. Very glad that I did visit. The guide was entertaining, knowledgeable and informative. Amazing history, interesting facts, the Coat of Arms Shields and the explanation/interpretation of each one was excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Castle on a foggy day, but that did not stop us from enjoying the wonderful guided tour we had, the Guide was great, hope to visit again in the dry!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a family day out with our children (10 & 8), we opted for the guided tour around the castle & prison. Our tour guide James was brilliant & kept both kids entertained with information & was very patient at answering their questions, the tour was about 90 minutes. It is worth noting that without the tour, you cannot gain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this castle with my husband the day after we got married. He had previously been many years before with his nanna so he wanted to show me the place & give me a little tour of his own lol It's a lovely castle in its self. We sat & had cups of tea just talking about the buildings... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did the tour with Zoe .A funny informative guide who made our visit well worth the journey.A great place for cold wet winter days

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