Museums and galleries across the UK are subject to temporary closures. Those that remain open have safety measures in place, please remember to check venue guidelines before visiting.

Judges' Lodgings


Free entry

Set against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle, the city's oldest townhouse brings the stories of Lancaster alive for everyone.

The current house was built around 1625 although there is evidence of buildings on the site dating back to Roman times – the remains of a Roman kiln were discovered in the garden.

Originally the home of Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter, the house became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court between 1776 and 1975.

The museum is now home to a renowned collection of furniture made by the Lancaster firm, Gillows, displayed in Regency period room settings. Robert Gillow was selling fashionable furniture to the upper middle classes 20 years before Thomas Chippendale and is mentioned in the novels of Jane Austen, William Makepeace Thackeray and an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Museum of Childhood explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present and includes a nursery and reconstructed classroom.

Judges' Lodgings

Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS

01524 581241


Opening times

The museum has now re-opened 11am - 4pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday during the season (until 8th November). Please book your visit at

The Judges' Lodgings is now Covid Secure with a number of discreet safety measures including timed booking, max visitor numbers, one way system, hand sanitiser and extra cleaning in place. As all museums in the country, we request that visitors wear a mask unless otherwise exempt and leave their details with reception for track and trace.

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