A History of Lancaster Castle


A long-awaited history of Lancaster Castle from two of the castle’s most knowledgeable guides, Colin Penny and Graham Kemp, and supported by the Duchy of Lancaster. An essential guide to the castle, beautifully illustrated.


Lancaster Castle is one of Britain’s major historic monuments. For over 900 years it has dominated the hilltop looking out over the river Lune and the city of Lancaster. Owned by Her Majesty the Queen in her role as Duke of Lancaster, the castle has a unique history, and who better to tell that history than Colin Penny and Graham Kemp. Between them they have almost 40 years of experience in managing the museum of the castle, researching its history and telling its tales to tourists from around the world.

This book charts the growth and development of the castle from medieval times to the present day, but also explores the use of the site during the Roman period. Colin Penny and Graham Kemp give us an accurate historical account at the same time as bringing Lancaster Castle to life with their sometimes amusing and sometimes macabre anecdotes. This is no dry historical text, but a riveting story written by two people who have a passion for and intimate knowledge of this iconic building.

  • Author: Colin Penny and Graham Kemp
  • Imprint: Palatine Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-910837-42-9
  • Binding: paperback
  • Format: 234 x 156 mm
  • Extent: 176 pages
  • Illustrations: 80
  • Publication date: 1 September 2022

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