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Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

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Must see · Castle · Historic Site
At Lancaster Castle, learn about the long and gruesome role this castle played in English history. On the tour of this 11th century medieval castle and its still in-use courtroom, gain insight into the Pendle Witch Trials as well as the ways in which prisoners were executed and deported. Explore the modern prison block, in use up until 2011, and the castle’s old dungeon cells. Inside Hadrian’s Tower, ponder the display of shackles, manacles and neck irons once used to restrain prisoners. After the tour, take in views of the city and the River Lune from the castle’s commanding hilltop position, or if you prefer, relax in the café, located in the former prison’s waiting room. Work out when and for how long to visit Lancaster Castle and other Lancaster attractions using our handy Lancaster trip itinerary builder tool.
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  • Great place to visit. Had a guided tour, our guide, Cameron was very informative and made it fun, although his Queen Elizabeth voice needs some work. Great insight into a historic castle. Definitely.....  more »
  • We visited on the 3rd June and loved our visit the guide was informative and could tell us a great deal. Can’t wait to visit once it’s fully opened up when we can experience more of the castle...  more »
  • It's good. Not super exciting but its very interesting. The tour guides and staff are very knowledgeable and care a lot a. I would not recommend for bouncy children but I definitely would for adults.
  • First time to Lancaster and fancied a look around the castle. Bernard our tour guide was extremely helpful and very informative and knowledgeable. Civil court is absolutely beautiful. Got to see the recent prison cells and the horrible older ones. Really enjoyed the tour. Could have gladly spent longer. Could easily spend the day here. Thanks to all. Met a nice family also. Would gladly recommend. Not too expensive either.
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