Lancaster Castle is a medieval castle founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune.
In 1164, the Honour of Lancaster, including the castle, came under royal control. The castle was first used as a prison in 1196 although this aspect became more important during the English Civil War.
The crown court continues to be located at the castle. Closure of the prison will eventually allow the castle to be opened to visitors and tourists as a permanent attraction.
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