Lancaster Castle


Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West.

This fascinating Grade 1 listed building has dominated Lancaster for almost 1000 years and is one of the best preserved and hardest working castles in the country.

Lancaster Castle occupies a city -centre hilltop location on the site of three successive Roman forts. It consists of an extensive group of historic structures, including the 12thc Keep, the 14thc Witches' Tower, the 15thc Gatehouse, and the Female Penitentiary, which dates from the early years of the 19th c. It is a Grade I Listed Building, with the area to the north of it designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument . It is currently used as both a Court and a Prison. While HMP Lancaster Castle is, of course, not open to the public at all, it is still possible to see a good portion of the building, and learn about its long and fascinating history, by joining one of our guided tours of the remainder.

Lancaster Castle is home to many events and productions throughout the year. Over the past six years the Castle has played host to a variety of theatrical and musical events. The plays have ranged from promenade productions of Shakespeare to a new play by a local author on the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. For details on all events and how to book, click Lancaster Castle Events Guide

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015