Lancaster Priory & Parish Church


Watch this new film depicting the activities of the priory and its stunning architecture, set to a hauntingly beautiful background of song.

The 15th Century Priory and Parish Church of Lancaster standing by the Castle on the hill, overlooking the city, is built on the site of a priory which was founded in 1094. The interior is mostly medieval but has 13 centuries of history, evident from traces of a Saxon church, such as the Saxon doorway with Anglican cross fragments, 14th Century choir stalls, superb tapestries, and King’s Own Memorial Chapel with historical regimental standards and battle honours.

The present building holds Viking ornaments, crusaders’ coffins and part of Jacobean ‘three-decker’ pulpit. The Memorial Chapel holds arguably the most complete collection of Regimental Colours in the country.

Visitors are welcome in the church between 9.15am and 4pm Monday – Saturday but please note that certain restrictions are in place: no large groups, maximum capacity, hand sanitiser to be used and face masks to be worn, one way system in place.

Services and prayers are live streamed daily and the church is open for Sunday services which need to be booked in advance for Track and Trace purposes.

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