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.

We will operate our guided tours from the Shire Hall entrance to Lancaster Castle situated at the rear of the building, opposite the Priory Church. This is pending our relocation to a new ticket office within the castle courtyard which should open soon . We apologise for any inconvenience.

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 at regular intervals during the day from 10:00am weekends until 3.45pm. For further tour details please contact us before your visit.

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

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


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

Resources for schools

Access statement

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