Castle reveals secrets

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A door inside Lancaster Castle which links The Shire Hall to the former prison has been re-opened after being blocked up for decades.

In recent years, the castle has had two distinct sections – the Shire Hall, where tours have been operated by Lancashire County Council, and HMP Lancaster Castle, operated by The Duchy of Lancaster.

Over the weekend, the two sections were historically re-joined to make the castle whole once again.

The Duchy said that throughout the castle’s years of use its shape has constantly changed. What were once old doorways were covered up to seal certain areas and whole rooms were closed off for decades.

One such door was the one linking the two parts of the castle.

The Duchy is currently preparing plans for the castle, with a planning application expected next year.

The plans include a boutique hotel, museum, shops, cafes and community spaces.