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Destination: Lancaster Tours

Small and quiet city with a long international history set in idyllic surroundings
Region: North West England
Pronounced: lan-cast-er
Time to spend here: 3 hours - half day
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Lancaster, North West England

Lancaster is a vibrant university city with a wealth of history. A Roman Fort was built here in 80AD, and today the Castle which was built by the Normans around 1,000 years ago takes pride of place on the same hill overlooking the city. As well as being the county town of Lancashire, the city has been of importance through the years, especially as a port during the 18th century when it figured significantly in the Slave trade. Its cobbled streets are lined with smart, Georgian stone houses filled with lively shops, bars and restaurants.
Local Activities
Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleLancaster Castle’s first phase was completed in 1090. Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West.
Museum of Childhood
Museum of Childhood, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleThe award winning Museum of childhood, housed in the grade 1 listed ‘Judges Lodgings’ has a fascinating collection of dolls, toys and games from the 18th Century.
The Cottage Museum
The Cottage Museum, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleThe Cottage Museum, in an intriguing 18th Century cottage, uses 5 floors to give an intimate view of early Victorian life, including the many gadgets and utensils used in the 19th Century.
The City Museum
The City Museum, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleThe City Museum has built up collections which stylishly illustrate the history and archaeology of Lancaster and the surrounding area, from the Neolithic age to the present day.
The Ashton Memorial
The Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleThe Ashton Memorial, situated in the beautiful Williamson park, has a first floor outdoor viewing gallery offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay, as well as  Lancaster Castle and the Priory Church.
What can I see in the area?
Morcambe, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleNearby Morecambe has a great new promenade, perfect for a stroll next to the 5 mile stretch of glistening sands.  The innovative bird sculptures and public artworks give it a real character of its own.  No trip to Morecambe is complete without seeing the larger-than-life Eric Morecambe Statue against the magnificent backdrop of Morecambe Bay.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Lancaster
Lancaster CastleIngleton Waterfalls Trail (4.5miles) has some of the most spectacular waterfalls and woodland scenery in the North of England. You’ll also find rare flora and fauna as well as interesting geological features. Ingleton is 18 miles (a scenic bus ride) from Lancaster.
Leighton Moss Reserve
Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
Lancaster CastleLeighton Moss is a popular nature reserve with an abundance of unusual birds and wildlife. You can visit nature trails and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal at the reserve’s tearoom.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
York Minster, York
CADW Welsh Heritage pass
York Minster, York
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
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Transport options in this area: Lancaster can be reached by train or road. The small city centre can be walked around easily.
Did you know:
Lancaster was home to the Pendle Witch trials, the most famous witch trials in British history. The culprits were hanged in the castle!
"In south west Lancashire, babies don’t toddle, they side-step."

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