Explore the hidden secrets of Lancaster Town Hall this Christmas

Lancaster Town Hall will be opening its doors again this Christmas for a special guided tour followed by afternoon tea with the mayor.

Lancaster Town Hall

On Wednesday, December 18, you’ll be able to enjoy exploring parts of this fine Edwardian Grade II* listed building which are normally out of bounds to the public.

The tour is a must-do for all Lancastrians and everyone interested in architecture, fine furniture and local history.

Highlights include a visit to the imposing Council Chamber where you will be able to take a seat in the grand mayor’s chair and the opulent Mayor’s Parlour with its fine collection of civic silver, Gillow furniture and fascinating centrifugal table.

You will also be taken to the city’s Ashton Hall with its magnificent concert organ and fine collection of heraldic art which adorns the vast ceiling and the former Magistrate’s Court Room which has remained relatively untouched since its retirement as a working court room in 1985. From the dock, visitors will be ‘sent down’ the winding staircase to visit the atmospheric police cells in the basement where notorious double murderer Buck Ruxton was held during committal hearings in 1935.

At the end of the tour, visitors will be welcomed into Mayor’s Parlour where the Mayor of Lancaster will join them for a festive afternoon tea.  Locally roasted Atkinson’s Coffee, Lancaster Blend Tea and Mulled Wine will also be available.

The cost of the tour which lasts for approximately one hour and starts at 1.30pm is £16pp or £19pp (including Mulled Wine). £1 from each booking will be donated to this year’s mayoral charity, Defying Dementia.  Tours can be booked online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/VICticketbox or via Lancaster Visitor Information Centre – tel. 01524 582394.

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

Last updated: 20 November 2019