The Cottage Museum

Discover more about life in historic Lancaster at the Cottage Museum, the smallest and most immersive museum in the city.

The tiny staircases lead to rooms that look as though the occupants have just left. Handle objects and imagine this is your home; for a while anyway.

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The Museum, facing Lancaster Castle and just a short walk from the Judges Lodgings, is part of a 1739 house, subdivided in about 1820 and furnished as an artisan’s house of that date.

This wonderfully immersive museum provides an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life in a tiny and intriguing 18th century cottage, which is (you wouldn’t know to look at it) spread over five floors.


Opening Times

Every Saturday, 1 – 4 pm 

(April to September only.)

Please check the web pages for our other museums to see their opening days and times, as each museum is different.


Admission charges

Over 60s£0.75
Full-time Students£0.75
Children (under 16)Free

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Only assistance dogs are permitted in the museum.



Please download our Access Statement for an in-depth look at our museum.

There are a number of historic features within the Museum, which impede physical access for all. This includes small, tight staircases, dark areas, and uneven floors.


Getting here

On Foot or by Public Transport

The Cottage Museum is on Castle Hill, opposite the main gate to Lancaster Castle. It’s within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations

By Bike 

The nearest cycle parking stands are across the road outside the Storey.

By Car

There is limited pay and display on-street parking nearby. Many city centre car parks are also within walking distance, or you can use Lancaster’s Park and Ride scheme to get into town from the M6.


Contact Us

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