Lancaster Castle has 1,000 years of heritage, history, justice, felony and incarceration!
About Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle’s origins date back almost 1,000 years. This Grade 1 Listed Building occupies a city-centre hilltop location on the site of three successive Roman forts. It’s been described by English Heritage as “not only the North-West‘s most important historic and archaeological monument, but also of international importance”.
The iconic buildings are already used as a focal point for many of the city’s largest public events. This includes ‘Light Up Lancaster’, the Lancaster Half-Marathon and the Lancaster Music Festival. The city marked its support for VE Day by lighting a beacon on top of the Castle gatehouse. In 2015, a Classic Car Collection and Travelling Christmas Fair visited Lancaster for the first time.
Every effort is made to keep the Castle open to the public during building works and to maintain free of charge access. Some events must levy a nominal charge for entry in order to pay for the cost of hiring in actors, musicians and technicians.
Going forward, they hope to open more areas of the Castle up to members of the public, once they can be sure that the new areas are fit for purpose.
People and Stories
Here is a list of some historical people but below is a small sample of some famous people who were connected to the Castle : http://www.lancastercastle.com/people-&-stories
“Thomas Harrison (Architect of Lancaster Castle) – 1744-1829″
“Henry Hopwood (The Convict who made good) – 1813-1869
“King John (English Monarch) – 1199-1216″