Lancaster Castle

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.


Please note: The Castle Courtyard is open, and the café is open 10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.

Due to major refurbishment works taking place in the Shire Hall Complex, Lancashire County Council has suspended guided tours at Lancaster Castle until January 2021 so there is no internal access to the castle at present.


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