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Judges' Lodgings

Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1YS, England
+44 1524 32808
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Worth a visit while visiting Lancaster Castle

This residence was the former Judge's lodgings where circuit judges would stay while visiting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chester, United Kingdom
Currently closed

Visited on a Saturday afternoon of 1 July 2017, but there was a sign on the door of the museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The Judges’ Lodgings is Lancaster’s oldest town house and a Grade One listed building. Originally home of the Keeper of Lancaster Castle, Thomas Covell, it later became a residence for the ‘Hanging Judges’ when they visited Lancaster Castle for the Assize Courts.The Judges’ Lodgings Museum is now home to a nationally important collection of Gillow furniture displayed in rooms furnished in the style of the Regency period. You can also visit the Museum of Childhood where you can experience the Victorian school room and see an enchanting display of children’s dolls, toys and games from 18th century to the present day. Open – Weekdays Easter – June & October 1.00 – 4.00 Weekdays July – September 10.00 – 4.00 Weekends Easter – October 12.00 – 4.00Admission - Children FREE (accompanied), Adults £3.00 & Concessions £2.00
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“top floor” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1YS, England
+44 1524 32808
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This residence was the former Judge's lodgings where circuit judges would stay while visiting Lancaster to hold courts. Its well worth a visit as part of all Lancaster attractions and great friendly staff, but its a little unexciting when compared to other attractions in the...More

Thank sandman072
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a Saturday afternoon of 1 July 2017, but there was a sign on the door of the museum stating that it is closed to all but pre-arranged school parties. A pity.

Thank myjlcr
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Happened on this delightful place with friends. Started with a few drinks out front and ended up staying for dinner. Great menu and food quality. Staff were incredibly friendly and professional. At the end of the night they even recommended bars for a night cap...will...More

Thank Mark14Apr
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Went with my old school for a Victorian style trip it was really fun and loads to look at but we had to wear really weird cloths good for families and schools.

Thank Harry W
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This great building housed travelling judges visiting Lancaster while doing their work in the courts. On taking a tour with one of the helpful and knowledgable staff I was told that it is the probably the oldest town houses in the city. There is a...More

Thank Hello T
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Not for the public to visit. Sad as it has a lovely collection of Gillows furniture and also a collection of rare antique toys and dolls. I visited a few years ago and enjoyed it, so was sad that I could not visit again. Hope...More

Thank Helen R
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had the opportunity to visit but als we can no longer visit amongst other venues closed as the Attack on English heritage progresses, is this the future no history to witness

Thank Bygeorge15
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This landmark building in Lancaster's historic quarter, home to travelling assize judges until 40 years ago, is a fine Georgian specimen and houses a fabulous collection of Gillow furniture. Local authority cutbacks placed this museum under threat of closure in 2016 but discussions are now...More

Thank Garth L
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Plenty to see and do here, interesting to see how a Judge would have lived in Victorian times, great to see the Pool room and the old style kitchen. Top floor had a brilliant children's exhibtion. Worth a visit whilst you still can.

Thank bazonian2015
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a great museum to visit with kids. The exhibits are great and the staff are extremely helpful. The information presented was fascinating. There is the history of Gillows furniture to see and read. The top floor is full of past and present toys....More

Thank Ingvar I
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