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Lancaster Castle

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Address: Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
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+44 1524 64998
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Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of...

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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The Castle tour

Some friends from the US came to visit and I took them to the Cathedral and then to the Castle. The tour as ever was great and my friends were dumbstruck. It is well worth taking... read more

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Some friends from the US came to visit and I took them to the Cathedral and then to the Castle. The tour as ever was great and my friends were dumbstruck. It is well worth taking the tour and now that the prison is closed, the tour is even better. Highly recommended.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Completely unplanned we took a tour of Lancaster Castle last weekend and I can't stop talking about it! So unexpected - castle dating back hundreds of years, tower as old as the tower of London. Functioning courtroom - right inside the castle! and a PRISON till 2012! So one minute you are in a beautiful courtroom surrounded by shields and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour guide was Cameron, for someone whos only toured for about a day he was really informative, really helpful and open to questions. Didnt think id like it, completely wrong as Cameron made it entertaining.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Lancaster Castle. Our guide had a mixed age group from young children to adults and managed to pitch the tour so it catered for all of us. He had the right amount of humour and knowledge to keep us all engaged and entertained throughout the 90 minute visit. Well worth the £8 tour price.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited Lancaster castle this weekend, Took the guided tour with Graham as our guide, He was excellent. Had an amazing amount of knowledge mixed with a splattering of humour which kept us entertained for 90 minutes. The castle itself is very good and it was amazing to find working courtrooms and a prison ( now disused but working until a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been in Lancaster a few times but never visited the castle, so popped up today and took the tour with sara I think her name was, well worth the £8.00 they have a cafe on site and sells good coffee, would go back again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very patient with tour group questions. Tour is best way to get full experience of the castle.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating tour this afternoon with our guide James of the castle and prison. 90 minutes great value for money well worth a visit. Thanks again James.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's a lot of history in this amazing castle/court/prison! I really enjoyed this visit and I suspect this ancient monument has a lot more to give as it is developed further. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, witty and welcoming. Well worth a visit for all ages! Lots of steps and uneven surfaces though, so not suitable for all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Lancaster visiting a local relative. This was only a few miles away from where I was raised, so we had a look round. Quickly, we realised that you could book a tour. So we did, with the excellent Christopher as our guide. The Castle goes back almost 1000 years in existence and has evolved over the years.... More 

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