Lancaster is an ancient and intriguing city, located in the North West of England, Close to the magnificent countryside of the lake district, it is an ideal destination to stay and explore or combine with a longer visit to the picturesque towns and villages of the Lakes.
The city is steeped in history, and retains much of its olde worlde character and charm with a medieval castle and priory and stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture. The city is situated on the River Lune which provides a natural waterside area at St George’s Quay, a delightful place to stroll and enjoy the tranquility of the river and admire the handsome Georgian architecture including the Customs House and former warehouse buildings.
Steeped in history
Lancaster is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a short break with plenty to see and do. HIgh on a hilltop in the centre of town, the medieval castle invites visitors to discover stories of murder and intrigue and evidence of a turbulent past. Nearby, Lancaster Priory is another fascinating building where visitors can wander through the peaceful old churchyard and enjoy views across the countryside to Morecambe Bay, In the centre of town, Lancaster City Museum has regular exhibitions and plenty of interactive activities to get children interested in the story of this historic city.
The city is a popular destination for shoppers and offers a convenient blend of the modern and traditional. Market gate and St Nicholas Arcade, known locally as St Nic’s are bright, modern covered shopping centres with plenty of character, packed with the best known high street names as well as a fine selection of cafes and restaurants, guaranteed to transform shopping from a chore to a treat. For a completely different shopping experience, Lancaster Charter Market has dozens of stalls selling household goods, clothing, crafts, pet supplies and a tantalising range of international street food.
Popular destination for shoppers
Lancaster has an excellent reputation for providing some of the best in locally produced food and drink, from historic coffee shops and continental bistros to hearty pub food and fine dining, there is no shortage of choice. The Three Mariners is the oldest pub in Lancaster, and serves up traditional British favourites including a mouthwatering Lancashire Hot Pot, as well as a superb range of cask ales. For something a little lighter, visit the famous J Atkinsons coffee shop.
Atkinsons have been roasting and supplying coffee for over 200 years and as well as enjoying a dog friendly cafe, visitors can browse the shop and bakery for a range of tasty takeaway treats. Continental favourites with a modern twist are on the menu at Quite Simply French. Situated on the historic St George’s Quay the restaurant offers fabulous food and drink in an atmospheric converted eighteenth century warehouse.
There is plenty of accommodation in the town centre, and many of the older Victorian and Georgian buildings have been converted into comfortable modern hotels and guesthouse, just walking distance from shops and popular attractions. For a more tranquil stay with easy access to walking and cycling routes, there are plenty of campsites, many now offering luxury glamping pods and yurts. As an alternative to a self catered cottage or a friendly bed and breakfast, how about exploring the waterways on a canal hotelboat or narrow boat?
Breaks to the picturesque Lancaster
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