As the oldest pub in Lancaster, The Three Mariners is steeped in history, located inside a Grade II listed building dating back to the 15th century and one of only two sites in Britain with an original gravity-fed cellar. Our pub has seen it all: from the closure of the Castle Priory by Henry VIII in 1539, to the Jacobite uprisings in the 1700s. The pub has also played an important role in the city’s history. Led from the castle dungeons through a rumoured hidden passage, prisoners were brought here for a ‘last drink’ with their families, and during The Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, where Lancaster earned its nickname as ‘The Hanging Town’ and the dungeons of Lancaster Castle were overflowing, The Three Mariners, then known as The Red Lion, would even hold those awaiting trial in its first floor cellar.
Some of these characters from the past have even decided to stick around – there have been a number of ghost sightings and paranormal activity reported in The Three Mariners over the years and we have even appeared on the popular television series ‘Most Haunted’. Whether you’re an aspiring ghost hunter, a local foodie, or a craft beer enthusiast, we’re sure you’ll feel right at home at The Three Mariners thanks to our warm and welcoming hospitality, menu of hearty British cuisine and our lengthy list of craft beers. You’ll find us conveniently located down Bridge Lane in the city centre. We look forward to welcoming you soon!