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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
+01524 64998
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...but only saw the outside

Due to bad time planning on our part we only had time to walk around the outside. Tours are at... read more

Reviewed today
WillStaffordshire
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Staffordshire
Good guide

Very interesting place, well worth a visit if you're into history. The courts were in session when... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Steve B
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Owned by the serving monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, through the Duchy of Lancaster, Lancaster Castle is a wealth of English history. Since being established by the Romans the castle has been a home to monarchs, a place of trial and execution, and a working prison right up until 2012. Still a crown court, the majority of the castle is now open to the public for the first time in over 1,000 years. Since its opening in 2013, the Castle is gradually developing its offer of tours and events, as well as offering a cafe and gift shop in the grounds.
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Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ, England
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Reviewed today

Due to bad time planning on our part we only had time to walk around the outside. Tours are at fixed times and I suspect are well worth doing

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting place, well worth a visit if you're into history. The courts were in session when we visited, but there was still plenty to see, particularly the prison, and admission is very reasonably priced. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable - I bet he's...More

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic tour, full of history. Very interesting with a funny tour guide. Worth the money for the tour.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not your usual castle,up untill 2010 it was a functioning prison. we were able to visit the prison cells and see how prisoners were treated ,the cells were very small and conditions were terrible. The buildings were very impressive and the grounds very well kept,the...More

Thank Alan V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were having a weekend break in Lancaster and having read some of the reviews on Trip Advisor, decided to do the tour of the castle. We came on a Saturday morning, which meant that our tour could take in the courts as well. It...More

Thank Fiona H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This historical castle has parts dating back over 900 years. It’s had various uses and was a prison until fairly recently. Visitors are taken round by a guide (ours was excellent thank you James) and if a trial is not in process you can visit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good tour by a young lady called Eleanor, she gave a very good thorough tour, despite many distractions including rude noisy visitors who had finished their tour and didn't have the respect to tell their children to be quiet so our group could hear...More

2  Thank Nicola R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just taken the Lancaster Castle tour. Our guide was a young man called Cameron, in a word brilliant. He made the tour into a mini play. The whole tour from start to finish lasted just over an hour and was packed with history and information....More

Thank MARSHALLFAMILY_8
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting and imposing edifice to be sure. And until 2011, HMP Lancaster. I only surveyed the exterior and inner courtyard areas during my September visit although there are also paid daily guided tours at set intervals for you to enjoy and explore the inner...More

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just dropped in to the Castle today by chance and took the guided tour. There were only four of us on this one but that mattered not one jot to our guide James. He was full of engaging and interesting information and was able to...More

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Amy J
8 November 2017|
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Response from DataDave76 | Reviewed this property |
You can just turn up and pay on the door
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tracymitchell74
17 August 2017|
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Response from BlueGoose900 | Reviewed this property |
think it was about £8 per head. but they have offers on. our party of 4 got n for£20 - either way it is a great tour!
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InnesBedlington
24 July 2017|
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Response from susieduu | Reviewed this property |
There are steps, quite a few and some of them are quite worn in places so you need to take care. The approach to the castle is quite steep as well
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