Lancaster Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Lancaster Things to Do

  • Lancaster Castle

    We have a surplus of castles in the UK. They are a draw for peoples with a shorter history. I confess I am not immune to their proud and noble bearing either so Lancaster Castle received a visit. We tried the wrong door and a warden us that only long staying guests used that door– a prison!Standing proudly on its hilltop with its battlements and...

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  • River Lune

    The River is formed at Wath,in the parish of 'Ravenstonedale',Cumbria,at the confluence of 'Sandwath Beck' and 'Weasdale Beck'.It then passes the remnants of a Roman Fort near 'Low Borrowbridge' and flows through south Cumbria meeting the 'Irish Sea' at 'Plover Scar' Lancaster.Bridges over the Lune include:Devils Bridge near 'Kirkby Lonsdale' and...

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  • Lancaster Priory

    Lancaster Priory,formely St.Mary's Church,is the Parish Church of Lancaster.It is located near the Castle and has been designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage.An active Anglican Church in the deanery of Lancaster,its benefice is combined with that of St.John and St.Anne.It is likely that a Roman structure excisted on the site...

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  • Cathedral of St.Peter

    Sometimes called Cathedral of St.Peter or just Lancaster Cathedral,a Roman Catholic Parish Church until 1924,when it was elevated to the status of a Cathedral.It started as a mission church in 1798,and the present church was built on a different site in 1857-59.Designed by 'E.G.Paley' in the Gothic Revival style.In 1901 a Baptistry was added by...

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  • Roman Bath House

    Discovered and excavated in 1973-4 in Vicarage field in Lancaster.It formed one end of a large courtyard house,probably the home of a Roman Official.It was demolished in about 340AD to make way for a new and massive stone fort.Part of the fort wall known as 'Wery Wall' can also be seen.The site is fenced off by iron railings but is clearly visible...

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  • Lancaster Castle

    A medieval castle located in Lancaster centre.Its early history is unclear,but may have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman Fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune.In 1164,the Honour of Lancaster,including the castle,came under Royal control.In 1332 and 1339 the Scots invaded England,progressing as far as Lancaster and...

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  • Penny's Hospital

    Penny's Hospital Almhouses are an historic feature of Lancaster,situated in King st opposite the indoor market.They were founded by 'William Penny' in 1720 for twelve old people,with a chapel at the end of the courtyard.In 1974 they were restored and modernised and now serve their original purpose again.Its free to enter the courtyard and have a...

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  • Millennium Bridge

    The Millennium Bridge was built and opened over Lancaster's River Lune. The bridge serves a purpose for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the river without facing the heavy traffic congestion on the Greyhound and Skerton Bridges. The bridge was designed by Whitby Bird architects.There is an environmental aspect about the bridge. Cyclists/Walkers...

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  • Queen Victoria Statue & Dalton Square

    Lord Ashton gave the Queen Victoria Statue as a gift to Lancaster. The statue was built in 1906 by Herbert Hampton and is situated in Dalton Square in front of the present Town Hall. On the statue there are four panels which feature famous Victorians who were celebrated for their achievements and also a tribute of the James Williamson, Lord...

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  • Lancaster Town Hall

    Lord Ashton, a local businessman, opened Lancaster Town Hall in December 1909. This building replaced the building at Market which is now the City Museum. Lord Ashton's wealth came from inheriting his father's successful Oil Cloth and Lineleum known as the 'Williamsons'.E.W Mountfield designed the Town Hall and also had designed Sheffield's Town...

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  • Lancaster Priory (Priory Church of St...

    The Anglican Priory is adjacent to the Castle. The history of the Priory and site goes back to the Roman times on evidence of Roman fortifications and worship at the site began around 1094.I didn't look inside the Priory because of a lack of time but do check out further information about the its interior on its website. On a future visit to...

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  • St George's Quay

    The majority of buildings on St George's Quay were built during the 18th century when port activity was at its height and poignantly was the 4th important port for the UK's involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade. One of the most important buildings on the Quay is the Custom House which was designed by Richard Gillow and built in 1764 by the city's...

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  • Lancaster Castle

    Visiting Lancaster Castle (Known as Shire Hall) was my first stop on my day's itinerary and I was able to get onto a guided tour straightaway. The castle was founded in 1093 by Roder de Poitou and the castle developed from humble fort to a significant building that boasts over a 1000 year history!The Guided Tour The guide took us first to the Shire...

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  • Lancaster Maritime Museum

    I spent a couple of hours at this wonderful museum. Lancaster Maritime Museum displays interesting exhibits of Lancaster's and Morecambe Bay's maritime past.The museum is housed in a former Custom House and a five-story warehouse which was built by Richard Gillow in 1764 and situated on St George's Quay, a former hub for the successful overseas in...

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  • Butterfly House

    The Butterfly House is set within Williamson Park. There is a charge for entry, and although we have never been tempted in, the place is very popular with visitors. The Butterfly House is adjacent to the Cafe and gift shop."Live exotic butterflies fluttering and feeding amidst the flowers, trees and vines in the tropical rain forest housed in the...

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Lancaster Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Lancaster

    A three star hotel. I stay here a lot as I work in Lancaster, the rooms are nice, quite large and...

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  • Midland Hotel

    Marine Road West, Morecambe, LA4 4BU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Lancaster House

    Green Lane, Ellel, (formerly Best Western), Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4GJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Lancaster Restaurants

  • Good Old Bella Italia!

    I decided to have a meal at Bella Italia, an UK Italian restaurant chain, because I wanted to have a good meal at a good price. I've been to a number of Bella Italia restaurants over the years so I was confident that my expectations will have been met.It's a restaurant where I feel comfortable dining on my own and was served by friendly staff. I...

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  • Where the witches eat?

    Apleasent pub in Lancaster centre serving nice,simple food in nice surroundings,a good choice of food with a lot offers available like the two for six pounds menu which we tried and was great value for money.Sit inside or outside,we chose the latter because it was a lovely sunny day.the bar also has a good selection of beers and wines at reasonable...

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  • Wonderful family friendly chinese buffet

    This is a very nice Oriental Buffet and A la Carte restaurant that has a both romantic and family friendly atmosphere, the staff are very polite and nice and the food is excellent, I have come here a least once a week for the last year and I have never been disappointed! Definitely the Roast Duck it is amazing and has a very nice flavour...

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Lancaster Nightlife

  • free gig guide to Lancaster

    This is a website that provides a free listing for all the live musics in Lancaster and the surrounding district. You can either look at the day to day list and choose a venue or you can choose a venue you wish to visit and then see what is on in the coming week. Lots of information including a forum for visitors to share their own reviews and...

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  • Quaint little boozer

    Friendly local pub situated in Lancaster centre,various ales,wines and small food menu available.Staff are friendly and they have band night and karaoke nights throughout the week,spacious interior and a small beer garden at the side,nice place. Casual

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  • Sugarhouse

    A big university disco sponsored by Lancaster University as might be expected full undergrads, but still lot of fun... Better get there early on weekends! None

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Lancaster Transportation

  • Lancaster Railway Station

    I travelled to Lancaster by train direct from Leeds. It took approximately 2 hours each way with Northern Rail with their promotion offer in 2012.Virgin West Coast Services and Trans Pennine Express also operate from this station with services from London, North West of England and Scotland.

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  • Special Winter Offer

    West Yorkshire Metro Travel Authority was offering MetroCard and Metro Pass holders an opportunity to travel on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle or on the Leeds-Lancaster-Morecombe railway lines for 9.00 gbp day return. This is considered very good value for money because it can cost an average of 25-30 gbp to travel to Carlisle, Lancaster or Morecombe...

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  • Bus or Foot

    The bus system is pretty convienient and will get you where you want to go. It is the easiest way to get to town from the university. Walking is also do-able. In an afternoon you can hoof it around town and back to the university if you feel like a bit of exercise.

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Lancaster Shopping

  • The original 'old coffee shop'

    Step back in time and visit this specialist tea and coffee shop established in 1837. Teas and coffees from around the world can be purchased, coffee is roasted daily on the premises and every effort has been made to keep the business as original as possible.You can smell the coffee roasting as you drive past on the street - beautiful.Besides the...

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  • Lancaster Shopping Centre

    Lancaster has an interesting mix of tradional shops in small alleyways, and the usual chain stores.The main shopping streets are paved for pedestrian use. Concerts and street theatre often enhance the shopping experience. Wander round alleyways and happen upon attractive speciality shops and tea rooms. With two covered shopping centres, a new...

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Lancaster Warnings and Dangers

  • by MartinSelway Written Oct 11, 2004

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    Beware the one-way system in Lancaster - it does get very busy and can be tricky to navigate around if your not familiar with it. If you don't keep your wits about you, you fly past the turn off you wanted and then it's around the one way system again!

    The associated problem is parking - the on street meter spaces can run out quickly. There is a multi-storey car park, or you can park in Sainsbury's if you do some shopping (barrier controled).

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Lancaster Off The Beaten Path

  • Penny's Hospital and Almhouses

    Penny's Hospital and Almhouses were built in 1720 by William Penny and were recently restored in 1974.

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  • St John the Evangelist Church

    St John the Evangelist Church was built in the 18th Century as a chapel annexe to the Lancaster Priory to accommodate the growing town's population. Later on in the same century a tower and spire were added and in the early 20th Century. In 1981, the church closed and became part of the Churches Conservation Trust.You can find out further...

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  • Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

    You can easily catch a train from Lancaster to Silverdale and find the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. At the time of my visit, no one pays to enter the reserve if you arrive on foot, bike, or public transport. So you really only pay to enter if you bring a car, 4.5 pounds at the time of my visit in late September 2008. Get a map. The reserve is...

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Lancaster Favorites

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    by benquan Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Highly ranked and forward moving university is actually the town's main sources of income. The population of Lancaster itslef is around 15,000 + 5000 students.

    University's Main strengths:
    Management
    Lingustics
    Organization Behavior
    Model Thinking

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