Lancaster Castle is owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the Duke of Lancaster.
As well as being a fortification, the Castle was also Europe’s longest-serving operational prison until its closure in March 2011. In addition, its courtrooms have witnessed many famous and infamous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1612.
Visitors can also experience briefly what its like to be locked in one of our 18th century cells. Since May 2013 the guided tour has also included the chapel yard and the main courtyard of the former prison. There is also a varied programme of events throughout the year, including theatre, music, dark history tours, children’s activity tours, Halloween tours, murder mysteries, and much more. The cafe in the courtyard is open daily from 10am until 5pm.
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