Why we love Lancaster
It may be small in size but don’t let your eyes be deceived by this northern city. From its beginnings as a Norman Fortress to becoming one of England’s Heritage cities, Lancaster’s buildings, streets and locals can tell tales of gigantic proportions. It’s got some big neighbours, too. From stunning nature in the Lake District to ancient woodlands of the Forest of Bowland and beautiful coastlines – the city is just the beginning.
Forest of Bowland Stargazing
Recognised as a Dark Discovery Site, look to the cosmic displays of the Forest of Bowland for stargazing. Visit during the Dark Skies Festival week for the likes of night photography and storytelling. For the best sightings of dazzling stars, go stargazing in the winter months.
If the walls of this northern castle could talk it would tell tales of witchcraft, crime and over 200 executions. From its ancient monarchy inheritance that marked Britain’s monarch as the Duke of Lancaster, to modern day tours through its medieval Well Tower, there’s a whole host of history to discover. Or choose to immerse yourself into England’s heritage cities with augmented reality.
Things to do in Lancaster
Featured things to do
Make a tipple at Goosnargh Gin School
Immerse yourself in the gin from this working distillery in Beacon Fell. Dip into diverse botanics and flavours on a half day create your own gin experience. Or, for a nature fuelled experience, choose the foraging and distilling day experience, where you’ll be led into the local area to source ingredients to produce your own gin.Get a taste for Goosnargh Gin School
All aboard a boat
For a unique way to see the city, glide down Lancaster Canal aboard a Kingfisher Cruise. From Lancaster’s cathedral, out to the countryside, you’ll travel across the waters taking in the sites. Why not tuck into award-winning fish and chips, or choose an afternoon tea cruise for added luxury?Set sail with Kingfisher Cruise
Uncover city secrets
Delve into history at Lancaster City Museum. Telling the stories of mighty Vikings, WWI soldiers and ancient traditions, there’s a whole host of exhibitions to visit. Plus, you’ll be able to see the King’s Own Royal Regimental collections, filled with souvenirs from around the world.Visit Lancaster City Museum
Hit the heights at LancasterWall
Get a hold for bouldering at the LancasterWall indoor climbing experience. Navigate your way up dedicated climbing routes as you get a thrill for this exciting sport. On site, find a small gym, gear shop and café. The centre is open daily at varying times.Visit LancasterWall Climbing
Places to stay in Lancaster
Beneath the shadow of spectacular Lancaster Castle, the city centre boasts buzzing bars, creative culture and bustling shopping streets. Opt to stay in central hotels, B&Bs or take to a riverside stay for a short walk into the city centre.
Discover the coastline north of Lancaster in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Explore woodlands, clifftops, coastal walks and blooming meadows with a stay in anything from a farmhouse, guesthouse or campsite.
Forest of Bowland
Escape into the countryside with a stay in the Forest of Bowland. From a relaxing amble, to high adrenaline activities, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has it all. Choose from country houses, boutique hotels and holiday lets, right through to camping options.
Getting to Lancaster
Lancaster is easily accessible from destinations across the UK. There are regular train services from London to Lancaster, with average journey times taking 3 hours 30 minutes, as well as services to Scotland, Leeds, Manchester and other cities. From Lancaster, journeys to Manchester and Liverpool take on average just over one hour. The nearest major airports are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, a direct train runs between Manchester Airport and Lancaster.
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