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.

For 2018 we are pleased to introduce our new Afternoon Tea Tours. On 21 June and 8 August, join us after the tour and partake of a special English Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, cakes and either a cup of tea, coffee, glass of Prosecco or Lancaster beer.

For more information see our Town Hall Tours 2018 guide (PDF, 1.2MB).

2018 Tour Schedule
Date Time Notes
Thursday 21 June 1pm Afternoon Tea afterwards
Wednesday 27 June 2pm  
Thursday 5 July 2pm  
Saturday 14 July 2pm  
Thursday 19 July 2pm  
Wednesday 25 July 2pm  
Saturday 4 August 11am  
Wednesday 8 August 1pm Afternoon Tea afterwards


Town Hall Tour

  • £4 per adult
  • Under 16s free

Town Hall Tours with Afternoon Tea

  • £13 per person including food and a cup of tea or coffee
  • £17 per person including food and a glass of Prosecco or a bottle of Lancaster Blonde or Red beer (over 18s only)

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 on

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: 26 April 2018