Lancaster Castle & Priory

Lancaster Castle & Priory information

Lancaster , United Kingdom
Address
Street Castle Park
Telephone
+44 1524 64998
More information
www.lancastercastle.com
Prices
adult/child £5/4
Opening hours
10am-5pm, guided tours every 30min 10.30am-4pm
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Lonely Planet review

Lancaster's imposing castle was originally built in 1150. Later additions include the Well Tower , more commonly known as the Witches' Tower because it was used to incarcerate the accused of the famous Pendle Witches Trial of 1612, and the impressive twin-towered gatehouse , both of which were added in the 14th century. However, most of what you see today dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, when the castle was substantially altered to suit its new, and still current, role as a prison. Consequently, you can only visit the castle as part of a 45-minute guided tour, but you do get a chance to experience what it was like to be locked up in the dungeon.

Immediately next to the castle is the equally finepriory church , founded in 1094 but extensively remodelled in the Middle Ages.