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.
Access to the castle is via daily guided tours: experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a visit of the older and newer parts of the castle, from the 18th century cells to the newer prison blocks.
Please note that public entry to the Castle will only be possible via the Shire Hall entrance from 7th January 2019 for approximately 6 months. This is to allow for hard landscaping and construction works to the lower courtyard. Guided tours will start from the Shire Hall while these works are underway and the café and courtyard will be closed during this period.
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