Walk past the Castle gates into the atmospheric former prison to look round our sixteen galleries, each contained within their own prison cell. Browse through the police uniforms, radios, handcuffs, saddles and other evocative objects. We also commemorate those that lost their lives in the line of duty through a Memorial Wall and Remembrance Room.
…and much more.
Lancashire Constabulary, in partnership with the Duchy of Lancaster and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, have launched this fantastic Police Museum within the historic Lancaster Castle.
The new museum features 16 different galleries and film shows, all housed within Lancaster Castle’s prison cells. The galleries cover the history of Lancashire Constabulary, Police training, forensic development – including how some infamous local cases were solved – and an overview of some of the different police departments including the mounted branch, dog unit, underwater search unit and firearms. This attraction provides visitors with an exciting opportunity to learn about policing past and present in our county and to hear first-hand from the people behind the badge.
Included in the exhibits is a mock custody suite with interactive exhibits and an area dedicated to modern day policing with information about opportunities to join the police either as a cadet, volunteer, police staff member or police officer.
Lancaster Castle is an imposing medieval building, on the site of a Roman fort near the river Lune. It has been used as a court and prison for hundreds of years.
Lancaster Castle is open daily (except over the Christmas/ New Year period) from 09.30 am to 5.00 pm. Visitors can enjoy the courtyard spaces, external views of the historic building and the cafe run by local baristas and coffee roasters, Atkinsons, without charge. Public access to the interiors of the castle buildings is by guided tour only.
Tours of the external courtyards and courtrooms take place between 10.00am and 4.00pm. To book your tour, visit the Lancaster Castle ticket office, located under the clocktower in the lower courtyard. They can be contacted by email: email@example.com or phone: 01524 64998.