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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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Ok place

We had fun climbing up the castle would recommend when one has nothing else to do with young... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nancy B
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Castle and prison tour.

Lancaster castle has got to be one of the prettiest castles in the country! Still operating working... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of Lancaster, Lancaster Castle is a wealth of English history. Since being established by the Romans the castle has been a home to monarchs, a place of trial and execution, and a working prison right up until 2012. Still a crown court, the majority of the castle is now open to the public for the first time in over 1,000 years. Since its opening in 2013, the Castle is gradually developing its offer of tours and events, as well as offering a cafe and gift shop in the grounds.
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Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+44 1524 64998
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had fun climbing up the castle would recommend when one has nothing else to do with young children in town

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lancaster castle has got to be one of the prettiest castles in the country! Still operating working court systems and now hosting a fab cafe in its grounds! The tour takes around 90 mins and right into the heraldic civil court plus many other features....More

Thank vdubwalshy
Reviewed 2 days ago

What an amazing place, which as said on previous reviews was REALLY USED until 6 years ago. It's drive up you can just see how people actually taken there to be sentenced must of been . The corridors to each room are various heights and...More

Thank forever-ill
Reviewed 4 days ago

Me and my boyfriend had a lovely day at the Lancaster Castle, such a beautiful castle and interesting history. We paid for the guide (lasting 75 minutes) around the castle with a tour guide named Cameron. The tour guide really brought out the life of...More

Thank Lia M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This castle until 6 years ago was a working prison and still holds the crown and magistrates court. You get a guide to take you around for only £8. OUr guide had so much knowledge 2 hour passed very quickly. We had a mixed group...More

Thank RuislipRichard
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the castle and paid £8.00 per person for the guided tour. Times for the tours are shown on a board at the castle. The tour lasts approx 75 mins. Lots of info on the history of the building, interesting place to visit. Parking...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

visited here last week my wife me and a 5yr old boy paid for the guided tour and joined it straight away, took about 20 minutes to get into the castle by this point we knew it wouldnt be for the 5 yr old guide...More

Thank kelljoe112
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

James was our guide - so much knowledge about this building. Fascinating place and it would have been very somber as a jail. Great step back in time.

Thank Lois1357
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a rainy day so we did the castle.The guide was a fountain of knowledge on every aspect of the place from early times thru to the pendle witches.The Birmingham 6 and up to the modern day jail which was fascinating it was just...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a dreadful wet and windy day in Lancashire we spent a really interesting couple of hours at Lancaster Castle. Our tour guide James was brilliant and made the visit really enjoyable. He was obviously very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed his subject. He had the...More

Thank Pat S
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Is this a good place to visit if it's raining
13 May 2017|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Most of it is indoors so yeah I guess so
In addition to the castle tour, does the tour take you through and around the various prison wings no longer used within the castle?
2 December 2016|
Response from lyegreen | Reviewed this property |
We were taken to one disused wing and could ask questions. Just the ground floor. I hope that helps.
Can you visit the castle without having to pay for a tour? Thanks
28 October 2016|
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Response from Jamojam55 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Tour extra.