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Built in the centre of Lancaster against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory this elegant, Grade I listed building is Lancaster's oldest town house. The house was originally home to Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter. Between 1776 and 1975 the house became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court at nearby Lancaster Castle.

The museum is now home to a renowned collection of Gillow furniture which is displayed in fabulous Regency period room settings, fine art and also the enchanting Museum of Childhood which explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present.

The Museum will participate as a venue in the Light Up Lancaster on Friday 2 November and then open on 1 and 2 December to celebrate a superb Victorian Christmas weekend.

The Museum will formally re-open in late March 2019 for the beginning of the summer season of opening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm until the end of first weekend in November 2019.

Pre-booked school visits are welcome all year

For more information ring 01524 581241 or email


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