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NORTH WEST ENGLAND

BEESTON CASTLE

Tel: 01829 260464

Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX
Located 11 miles SE of Chester on a minor road off A49 (OS Map 117; ref SJ 537593)

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This is an English Heritage castle and is a ruined stronghold which dates back to around 1220. It was built by the Earl Ranuf of Chester and is set on a steep hill and gives spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

CLITHEROE CASTLE AND MUSEUM

Tel: 01200 424635

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Exciting times are here as you can now view the recent developments within the new, high quality museum. The museum includes interactive galleries, disabled facilities, a changing exhibition space, a completely new education/meeting suite and a stunning glass entrance housing a souvenir retail space, reception and cafe/restaurant.

LANCASTER CASTLE

Tel. 01524 64998
Castle Park Road, Lancaster

Open: Lancaster Castle is still used as both a Crown Court and a Prison. While HMP Lancaster Castle is, of course, not open to the public at all, it is still possible to see a good portion of the building, and learn about its long and fascinating history, by joining one of our guided tours of the remainder. Open 7 days a week (except Christmas and New Year) from 10am to 5pm, with tours operating between 10:30 am and 4:00 pm.

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This imposing fortress was the setting for the imprisonment and trial of the Pendle Witches. Guided tours are available of the vaulted Shire Hall, The Drop Room, Hadrians Tower, Dungeons, The Grand Jury Toom and Courts. The Castle is still used as a prison and a court that may necessitate changes to their openings (telephone for up to date information). A free guide for an external tour of the castle is available from Lancaster Tourist Information Centre.

SKIPTON CASTLE

Tel: 01756 792442

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Skipton is one of the best-preserved and most complete mediaeval castles in England, despite enduring a three year siege in the Civil War, and is over 900 years old.

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