Tras recorrer el castillo bajé al centro, con su zona comercial peatonal, su edificio del ayuntamiento, catedral católica (Lancaster tiene una fuerte tradición católica, con muchas revueltas cuando Inglaterra se separó de la iglesia de Roma y sus pobladores escondían curas durante las persecusiones). También es famoso por su cacería de brujas, y aunque un par de letreros indicaban el camino a seguir para llegar al sitio del juicio de las brujas de Pendle, nunca lo encontré. Literalmente sólo hay 3 letreros en toda la ciudad, por lo que esta turista de a pie tuvo problemas para encontrar el sitio. Queda pendiente.
My latest day trip in England was to Lancaster, another northern city whose main function was to defend the country against the Scottish raids. Despite being (apparently) the most important town in Lancashire, it's rather small, and its castle its main attraction. This is about 800 years old and despite all the transformations it's suffered through history, it was used as a castle for most of it; up until 2011, in fact. Now you can visit the courtyards for free or pay for the guided tour of the interiors. Inside you'll see old and new cells, as well as courtrooms for civil and criminal cases that are still being used. You can't take any photos inside, as it's forbidden by law (my guess is this has more to do with avoiding tourists taking pictures of legal proceedings, rather than with the actual conservation of the building, but I may be wrong.)
After visiting the castle I went down to the city centre, with it's pedestrian-only shopping streets, a nice Town Hall building, Catholic cathedral (Lancaster has a very strong Catholic tradition, leading revolts against the break from Rome and protecting priests afterwards). It's also famous for its medieval witch trials, and there are a couple of signposts directing you to the site of the trial of the Pendle witches. However, the signs are meant for cars, and despite my walking all over for a couple of hours, I could never find the place. Oh well, I'll have to go back.