Lancaster Castle

Saturday 20th July 2019

On Saturday 20th July 2019, due to a wedding ceremony in the Shire Hall on this day we will only be operating guided tours at 10.00; 10.30; 10.45 and then at 14.00; 14.30; 15.00; 15.30; 16.00. The castle shop will close at 11.30 and not reopen until 13.30 – between these times there will be no public entry to the castle. The Judges' Lodgings museum (situated close to the castle) will be open during the time that the castle is closed and it is recommended that visitors view the fascinating collections in this superb venue, the oldest town house in Lancaster. For further information please visit the Judges Lodgings web page.

Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ

Tel: 01524 649 98 Email: 

Discover one of the most important historic monuments in the North West.

Steeped in almost 1000 years of history, the castle is built on a commanding hill top location which dominates the City of Lancaster.

The castle holds one of the finest collections of Gillow furniture in the world, including a special throne-like chair made for the visit of Queen Victoria to the castle.

The castle also displays an impressive collection of heraldry spanning 800 years in the form of 650 shields bearing the arms of every English monarch from Richard The Lionheart onwards, as well as all of the Constables of Lancaster Castle and High Sheriffs of Lancashire.

Opening times

Monday 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 9:30am - 5pm

 All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October.

We suggest you allow at least 90 minutes for your visit.

Lancaster Castle is still used as a Crown Court.

The content of the tours on weekdays varies due to the pattern of use by the Crown Courts, so please call us before planning your visit so that we can advise you of what is available on any given day.

Tours are operated from 10:30am weekdays and 10:00am weekends every 30 minutes until 4pm, but with no tours at 12noon or 1pm)

At weekends, tours operate every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm (with no tour at 12pm or 1pm).

Discover more about the fascinating history of Lancaster Castle at the Lancaster Castle website.

Weddings at Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is a licensed wedding venue.

Couples can get married in the spectacular setting of the Shire Hall, a glorious Georgian court building notable for its extensive collection of heraldry.

Ceremonies can also take place in the spooky surroundings of the castle's Old Cells, the medieval Hadrian's Tower or the Barrister's Library – which occupies the site where the infamous Lancashire Witchcraft Trials took place in 1612.

For more information or to enquire about making a booking please contact us.

Admission charges

  • Adults £8.00
  • Concessions £6.50
  • Children £6.50
  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 Children) £20.00

What's on Lancaster Castle


  • Gift shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Part disabled access
  • Wedding venue

Resources for schools

Access statement

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