Town Hall Tours

Uncover the secrets of Lancaster’s Edwardian town hall and explore parts of a building rarely seen by the public.

  • Lancaster Town Hall viewed from Dalton Square
    Lancaster Town Hall viewed from Dalton Square
  • The Mayor's Parlour
    The Mayor's Parlour
  • Council Chamber
    Council Chamber

Join one of our guides and embark on an illuminating tour. Inside you’ll discover the mayor’s official parlour, the council chamber and the impressive Ashton Hall, before being ‘sent down’ from the old courtrooms into the atmospheric subterranean police cells. Along the way, uncover gems including the Olympic torch, Gillow’s centrifugal table, and the Ashton Hall’s grand concert organ.

Special tour - Thursday 4 April 2019

Join us as we celebrate English Tourism Week with a special tour on Thursday 4 April which will include an extra special visit to the Queen Victoria statue on Dalton Square to celebrate 200 years since her birth and a traditional English Cream Tea.

Full Town Hall Tour 2019 guide coming soon!

Booking information

Places on the tours are limited so booking in advance is essential.

For general enquiries including accessibility of tours and dietary requirements, please email us at

Each tour lasts one hour. For the Afternoon Tea Tours, the tea will follow the hour-long tour.

Facilities and access

Tours begin from the front entrance of the town hall at the top of the steps underneath the portico. Pay and display car parks are available nearby. Limited toilet facilities. Access via stairs during this tour.

Lancaster Town Hall

Last updated: 15 March 2019