Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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  • Berni Hamill
    Wallasey, United Kingdom91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating piece of history
    A really interesting place to visit to discover a fascinating piece of history. I particularly recommend the tours, which include going inside the prisons. The tour guides are really knowledgeable and make for a lovely experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Sophie W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    David The Great and Lancaster Castle- a great tour guide and a fascinating castle!
    One of the most informative and interesting tours I've ever been on, amazing value for money and very enjoyable. Our tour guide was David (the Great!) and he was both incredibly knowledgeable and captivating to listen to. He should have his own history TV show! A fascinating place and well worth the trip. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Hope
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    brilliant and accessible
    Went here with my family that consisted of mostly deaf people. The tour guide who accompanied us, Simon, was very friendly and accommodating, he made an effort to ensure we could see him to lipread, and frequently checked in with us to ensure we could follow what he was saying. A pamphlet of written text containing the info about the castle’s history was also given to us to read as well, which we were very grateful for. The experience overall was lovely and made for an enjoyable afternoon. Have already been recommending a visit here to many people :)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Debbie G
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    The castle courtyard is free to enter, and on first impression, there's not much to see. We were about to leave, having taken a few pics, when we saw a sign for guided tours. At £2.50 the tour is a bargain! It lasted about 40 minutes, you got entry to the prison areas of the castle, and Sandra, our guide, was very amusing and informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • TheGillski
    Gloucester, United Kingdom29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour - ask for Victoria!
    Very much enjoyed my visit to the castle - learned a lot from our amazing tour guide Victoria. Do ask for her if you can! Parts of the site weren’t open when we visited as they’re undergoing fire safety work or somesuch, but we still came away with a good overview of the castle’s long working history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Phil T
    Bolton, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided Tour
    Take a guided tour to get the most of the visit. Our guide, Dr Chris, was a font of fascinating history and information, enthusiastically communicated throughout the 30 minute tour. Due to ongoing works, the tour currently covers only a small part of the castle, so a repeat visit will be in order soon.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Lynda R
    Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive
    We really enjoyed our tour of Lancaster Castle. The castle itself is a spectacle to behold. Our tour guide , Sandra, was very knowledgeable and informative and made the tour very entertaining. In fact I wish it was longer. Loved it !
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Katy M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great escape from rain
    Nice trip out, interesting to see prison information. Currently shorter experience and this is reflected in price to be fair. Simon tour guide very cheerful chap clearly enjoys his work
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • NxplorerHIghWycombe
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit to Lancaster Castle
    Very interesting tour of the castle with a knowledgeable guide. Good to learn more about its history and see the prison cells which unbelievably only closed in 2011. The castle also has an excellent cafe with great toasties and coffee. Hope to visit again when Shire Hall is also open.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • John L
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Excellent
    I honestly can't think how it could be improved. Simon our guide was excellent, he was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I particularly liked that he made a point of including children and gave them wee tasks to perform. Too often children are ignored by guides. Really good service in the cafe as well. Thank you all very much.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
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Roger C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great visit with a really engaging guide. Dave was humerous and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit for the history and entertainment.
Written 28 May 2024
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buta c
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Best tour guide ever "David the King!"
Lots of historical facts perfectly combined with a beautiful sense of humor! Both sons (11 and 6 ) totaly captivated by the warm voice and the genuine gift of presenting hostorical facts !guide of the year!!!100% remoomend that you go on a tour with this guy!!
Written 27 May 2024
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Wendy D
Ossett, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited today on a day trip to see our son at the University. Absolutely fab way to spend an hour. Really fascinating history of the castle with our entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide (King) David. Would 100% recommend!
Written 27 May 2024
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Louise R
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Staff were not helpful, queue for ages in the cafe only to be told they don’t take cash. Don’t take cash for the tour either so didn’t go on it.
Written 27 May 2024
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2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We went on James's tour of the Castle, which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the City.
James was very knowledgeable but never just listed facts: he guided you through its history and showed you some fascinating areas: it surprised us, how many people volunteered to be locked in one of the old cells! The courtroom and prison were unexpected aspects of a castle and added another dimension to the usual Castle stories. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 May 2024
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Nick S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
King David was our tour guide. He was, so funny, warm & full of historic facts about the castle & courts. So friendly! Ask for David as your tour guide.
Written 23 May 2024
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Janice
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
My sister and I took the castle tour £8 each, really good price as the tour was nearly 2 hours, but the time flew by.
Graham led the tour, he is really knowledgeable about the castle and the area. The court has ?300? shields and he knows about every single one.
Written 23 May 2024
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Magdalena M
Gothenburg, Sweden79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a guided tour with our tour guide David, he was very good, lots of humour and knowledge about the castle, history and did it with big love for his job.
Written 20 May 2024
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PeterH_and_LizB
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited for the castle tour. A fascinating mix of old and new history in a unique setting. Very well worth a just and the hour and a quarter flew by. David our guide really brought this building and tour to life. Thanks.
Written 20 May 2024
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Gillian A
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I joined about six others on a tour of Lancaster Prison, our guide being the immensely entertaining and informative Sandra. The prison is full of amazing history, but Sandra’s knowledge of the lives of the prisoners, torture, executions, the Pendle witch trials and many more stories, all told with her quirky sense of humour, made it a total must. Do not miss this tour!
Written 15 May 2024
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