Judges’ Lodgings

Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS

Tel: 01524 581241 Email: 

Bringing the stories of Lancaster to life for everyone, through the city's oldest town house.

Judges Lodgings in Lancaster

Built in the centre of Lancaster against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory this elegant, Grade 1 building was home to Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter. Between 1776 and 1975 the house became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court at the Castle.

Today there is something for everyone with beautiful period rooms, gorgeous Gillows furniture, a Victorian schoolroom and the Museum of Childhood.

Opening times

Please note the Judges' Lodgings Museum is now closed for the winter season and will re-open in spring 2020. We look forward to welcoming you then

For more information ring 01524 581241 or email of these public opening hours, schools are still welcome to book all learning sessions.

May be closed on bank holidays. Please check before your visit.

Sneak preview

Watch our video as Children from Dallas Road Community Primary School in Lancaster received a sneak preview of the Judges' Lodgings before it re-opened in March 2019. 

Admission charges

Adults £3.00
Concessions £2.00
Children free

What's on Judges Lodgings

  • Events For some events and activities museum admission fees will apply.


  • Gift shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Limited disabled access. Please contact us before your visit.

Resources for schools

Access statement

The access statement describes the access, facilities and services that we offer.