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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+01524 64998
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castle visit, boring-not!!!!!!

I must admit ,I thought that it would be a boring tour, but I was taken aback, the tour guide , who... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Julie W
Bolton, United Kingdom
Not for me

Before you visit Lancaster castle consider that a lot of it is now occupied by students so much of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Manchester, 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.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“working court” (73 reviews)
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Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+01524 64998
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I must admit ,I thought that it would be a boring tour, but I was taken aback, the tour guide , who was called Cameron, was a fantastic and knowledgeable young man, he kept us all enthralled during the tour, and the time flew by.Brilliant.

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Before you visit Lancaster castle consider that a lot of it is now occupied by students so much of it will have been modernized and not in its origional form. The cost is £8 and by guided tour which only lasts about 30 minuets so...More

Thank edwardbear80
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent guided tour which was great for the adults and the chidlren. The court rooms were fascinating as were the prison cells. Well worth a visit.

Thank l0uisem65
Reviewed 6 days ago

Up to a few years ago is was a prison but now that has closed you can visit the area which was previously out of bounds , It's well worth every penny, and I believe that are to open more of the castle to visitors...More

Thank lancs_lad102
Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived there for over 20 years and never went into the castle and it still took over twenty more years before I finally took a tour. Was so glad I did, it was very interesting. They showed us around the court house, the gallows...More

Thank Happytigress
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went yesterday to visit the castle I'm not usually a castle person but I really enjoyed it and found it so interesting especially all the information about the prison. Our guide was Cameron and he made it so entertaining and informative already recommended it to...More

Thank jackiehowarth
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must do for when we have visitors. Been many times and never tire of the history of the cable. The big bonus is the prison side of things is now open for viewing

Thank The_Pipster2608
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live about 2 mins walk from Lancaster Castle. I’m fortunate in that respect because it’s superb. The gatehouse must be the greatest in the country. It’s free to wander inside the walls, and if you want a tour of the deeper darker parts inside...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the castle on Saturday morning 3rd Feb.. It was a cold and horrid day. Before the tour started we milled around in what I presume was part of the old prison and it was really interesting to read all the stuff written on panels....More

2  Thank CarminaDingleyDhell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Guide called James, was very informative and very witty too. It was an enjoyable tour and I would highly recommend it.

1  Thank Catalan58
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Amy J
8 November 2017|
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Response from DataDave76 | Reviewed this property |
You can just turn up and pay on the door
17 August 2017|
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Response from BlueGoose900 | Reviewed this property |
think it was about £8 per head. but they have offers on. our party of 4 got n for£20 - either way it is a great tour!
24 July 2017|
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Response from susieduu | Reviewed this property |
There are steps, quite a few and some of them are quite worn in places so you need to take care. The approach to the castle is quite steep as well