Lancaster Castle tours give kids a taste of life in days gone by

Inside the walls of Lancaster Castle

Inside the walls of Lancaster Castle

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Take your children on an adventure through the history of Lancaster Castle, from next Wednesday.

The historic castle is running Kids Activity Tours on Wednesdays throughout August, giving children a taste of life there in centuries gone by.

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

This year, visitors can see areas closed to the public for years since the castle is no longer a Category C prison. Led by guides in authentic costumes, children can see the imposing panelled court room - and even take part in a mock trial.

Since the prison closed, they can also “storm” the fortified castle gates and compare modern cells with the old debtors prison, where those who owed money were jailed.

The kids can even see what it’s like to be locked in - though assistant museum manager Rachael Jackson said: “There will be plenty of chance to escape if it’s not your cup of tea!”

Tickets for the tours, aimed at ages five to 12, are £6.50, and are selling fast so booking is essential on 01524 64998.