Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle
Shire Hall
Castle Parade


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Discover one of the most important historic monuments in the North West... This fascinating Grade 1 listed building has dominated Lancaster for almost 1000 years and is one of the best preserved and hardest working castles in the country. See the place where the Lancashire Witches were convicted and condemned to die. Experience the dungeons and imagine what it was like to have been imprisoned there. Visit the Crown Court where thousands of convicts were transported to Australia and then marvel at the beautiful Gillow furniture in the Grand Jury Room and the famous display of heraldry in The Shire Hall. Lancaster Castle also has a regular programme of theatrical and musical evenings for which early booking is highly recommended.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Opening daily (except Christmas/New Year) 10.00 to 17.00
Guided tours at 30 minute intervals from 10.30 to 16.00
(Weekday tour times may be affected by Court sittings)

Closed: Two weeks over Christmas/New Year period.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Seniors/Students/ Children: £4.00

Lancashire Museums Xplorer tickets:
Adult Season Ticket (1 venue): £8.00
Adult Multi-Pass (1 Adult, 13 venues): £12.00
Family & Friends Multi-Pass (2 Adults, 2 Concessions, 13 venues) £20.00
Prices correct April 2010 but may be subject to change. Please see our website for latest details.

Themed evening tours available for group bookings
Tours available for pre-booked school groups
Estimated Visiting Time : 1.5 hours

Additional info

Parking within 100 metres, shop, admittance to guide dogs, limited access for disabled users, theatre events.

Collection details

Architecture, Law and Order, Religion, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Can you survive Justice

  • 21 July — 3 September 2014 *on now

Performers will be bringing to life how the justice system operated hundreds of
years ago. The live actor experience called Justice will take visitors on a 45 minute live, interactive walk, culminating in discovering the fate of the accused.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Adults: £7.50. Children: £5.00.


Medieval tent at Lancaster Castle

Ravel Back in Time at Lancaster Castle

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 *on now

Step into the 12th Century with a fully immersive medieval experience at Lancaster Castle. Norman Knights will be invading the magnificent grade 1 listed building and setting up camp on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.

Authentic medieval tents will be erected within the castle walls and around the surrounding area, giving local peasants the opportunity to see what life was really like in the times of Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart!
Organised by local historical re-enactment society, Historia Normmanis, the two day event is aimed to give an insight into how a medieval castle was run, from the poor to the rich. Visitors can wander in and out of true representative campaign tents, discovering life on the battlefield, including the Earl’s Pavilion and many others.

Crowds will be entertained by medieval musicians, birds of prey, armoury displays, a shire court delivering medieval justice of the times and a fashion show modellingthe entire range of Norman society from the lowest ranks to the highest.

Back your favourite knight at one of 2 pop up arenas in the ultimate Tourney of Champions, and ‘Clash of the Knights’ tournaments. Plus, hear horrible histories about the Anglo Normans and see Hollywood myths debunked in the Medieval Mythbusters display.

Families can even get involved themselves with ‘have a go’ Archery and make your own authentic 12th century silver coin and shield and heraldry making for the kids. If that isn’t enough you can get your nearest and dearest in the stocks for some light-hearted retribution!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 entry per person and £3.00 for children.


photograph of ww1 biplane

World War One Workshop

  • 14 August 2014 11am-3pm

Join our World War One officers as they take you on a journey back in time. Discover the joys of square bashing and handle some basic equipment. Join in one of our hands-on workshops to try your hand at some trench art and take your finished piece of work home. The workshop will run at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Indoor craft workshops are £2.50 per child (one accompanying adult free per paying child). Children must be accompanied by an adult.