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

Town Hall Tour & Afternoon Tea

Join one of our guides and embark on an illuminating tour of Lancaster Town Hall. 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. Tour takes approx 1hr.

After joining us for a guided Town Hall Tour, experience one of England’s most beloved rituals and treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea in the Mayors Official Parlour. Indulge in a selection of traditional English finger sandwiches and cakes made using locally sourced ingredients provided by the Printroom Café & Bar. Choose to wash it down with an Atkinsons Filter Coffee, Lancaster Tea or individual small bottle of Prosecco.

Christmas Town Hall Tour 2019

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Uncover the secrets of Lancaster’s Edwardian Town Hall this festive season and join our guides on an illuminating tour.

  • £16 per person with tea or coffee
  • £19 per person with mulled wine
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2020 dates - coming soon

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