Lancaster Castle

Come to Lancaster Castle for a truly unique experience.

Owned by the monarchy for over 600 years, this impressive and inspiring castle was used as a prison from the Middle Ages until very recently and is still used as a court. What better place to learn about history, from the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 to the riots of the 19th-century? This is a wonderful opportunity to see a courtroom and learn how the law has operated over the centuries.

This is history in the raw and in the making – plus it’s a lot of fun! See the castle courtyard, try to find your own name among the 600+ coats of arms hanging in the Shire Hall and spend some time as our ‘guests’ in the old cells for an experience not to be forgotten.

Contact:

The Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancashire LA1 1YJ
Email: lancastercastle@lancashire.gov.uk

Website: www.lancastercastle.com

Facilities

    Booking & Details

    Cost:

    £4 per pupil with one adult admitted free for every 10 pupils and any other adults charged at pupil rate.

    To book:

    To enquire about a school booking and associated costs please contact 01524 64998

    Learning Sessions & Activities

    Activity

    Crime Through Time

    On Tuesday afternoon schools have exclusive access to the former Lancaster Prison’s ‘A’ Wing for an exciting and fully immersive ‘Crime Through Time’ session.

    • KS 2
    • Anglo-Saxons
    • History
    • Romans
    • Victorians
    Activity

    The Shire Hall

    Our guided tour explores the administration of the law through the last 1000 years and experience what it meant to be imprisoned at the castle. Tours last approx. 60 mins and can be subject to the use of the Crown Court within the castle.

    • KS 2
    • History
    • Law
    • Local History

    Additional Activities

    Tuesdays only

    Why not make a day of it?

    After your guided tour of Lancaster Castle there are plenty of other places to visit: Judges’ Lodgings and the Cottage Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster City Museum and Lancaster Library are all walking distance from the castle.

    Crime Through Time

    (KS2)

    On Tuesday afternoon schools have exclusive access to the former Lancaster Prison’s ‘A’ Wing for an exciting and fully immersive ‘Crime Through Time’ session. Discover how the Romans and Anglo-Saxons dealt with crime and punishment, then investigate real-life cases from the Victorian era.

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