About Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle has a long and fascinating history that stretches back to the 11th Century and contains its fair share of blood, politics and war. Though not much is known about its early history, it was of vital importance in the 14th Century, when the Scottish invaded England and damaged the Castle, and during the English Civil War, when it was captured by Parliamentary forces and held for the duration of the conflict.


It has been used as a prison for much of its existence and now houses a crown court. Its dual function as tourist attraction and court means a number of restrictions are in place, such as a ban on photography, though much of the Castle is open to exploration. While much of the Castle is free to access, there are a number of buildings only accessible through the guided tour.



Site Access

  • There are some accessible toilets
  • Large print material is available
  • Carers go free


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