Lancaster Castle



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Founded on the site of three Roman forts, Lancaster Castle dominates Castle Hill, above the River Lune. The Norman keep was built in about 1170 and King John added a curtain wall and Hadrian's Tower. The Shire Hall, noted for its Gothic revival design, contains a splendid display of heraldry. The Crown Court was notorious as having handed out the greatest number of death sentences of any court in the land, outside of London. Various events through the year.

Lancaster Castle
The Shire Hall, Castle Parade, LANCASTER, LA1 1YJ
Phone : 01524 64998


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair access severely limited, stairs restrict access to the tour (courtyard, cafe & shop are accessible)
  • Facilities: Interactive kiosk virtual tour
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year (ex Court sittings), daily 10-4 (Nov-Feb 10-3). Closed Xmas & New Year. Phone to confirm

About The area

Discover Lancashire

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

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