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

Coronavirus - disruption to services

Please note all libraries, museums and archives are closed until further notice. We will update this page when these services reopen.

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

Visiting Lancaster Castle?

Show your Lancaster Castle ticket at Judges' Lodgings Museum and adults receive a discounted £2 admission plus 10% off in the museum shop (Same day only. Terms and Conditions may apply).

What's on Judges Lodgings

  • Events For some events and activities museum admission fees will apply.
  • Exhibitions See what exhibitions are currently on at all our museums.


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

Resources for schools

Access statement

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