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 is currently limited to allow for hard landscaping and construction works to the lower courtyard. Guided tours will start from the Shire Hall (entrance at the back of the castle, opposite the Priory) while these works are underway and the café and courtyard will be closed during this period.
The courtyard and front entrance will reopen in early September and will include a new café, a gallery and a cloisters walk.
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