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Holidays in Lancaster

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Lake meandering through Lancaster

Lancaster is a bustling, historic city surrounded by the rugged Lancashire countryside.

The compact city centre is packed with great places to eat and a variety of interesting independent shops. Lancaster has a laid-back feel and is a relaxing place to explore by foot, whether you’re heading in the direction of one of its impressive historical attractions, or browsing in the many markets and boutiques.

The countryside around Lancaster is wild and unspoilt. Empty beaches, enchanting forests and rolling hills are all easily reached from the city.

Lancaster has a vibrant scene of theatres, galleries and live music venues. Whether it’s the weekend or the middle of the week, there’s always something interesting going on. For music, comedy and drama, visit the region’s oldest and most prestigious venue, Lancaster Grand Theatre.

Ancient architecture

Shopping in Lancaster is a laid-back and enjoyable experience. The city is fairly small, so most of the main thoroughfares are within a leisurely stroll of each other. Don’t miss the Charter Market, which takes place every Wednesday in the city’s historic centre. Here, you’ll find jewellery, arts, crafts and clothes as well as tasty food from some of the area’s best producers.

For a glimpse into Lancaster’s fascinating past, visit Lancaster Castle. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city, you’ll find one of the UK’s most striking castles, with almost 1,000 years of turbulent history to explore. Next to the castle is the Priory Church, which dates back to 1094 and is also well worth a visit.

A short walk away from the bustling city centre, you’ll discover the Williamson Park and Tropical Butterfly House. This is the highest point in Lancaster and has 22 acres of stunning parkland and play areas to explore. The park offers visitors dramatic views of the Fylde Coast and Lake District. The butterfly house is home to hundreds of dazzlingly colourful species and creates the impression that you’re on a tropical island rather than the heart of Lancashire.

Lancaster has an impressive selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants, offering almost any cuisine you could wish for.

“Lancaster is a bustling, historical city surrounded by the rugged Lancashire countryside.”

The Whale Tail Café serves excellent vegetarian dishes and has a nice terrace where you can enjoy your bean burger in the sun. For a good, hearty meal in one of Lancaster’s oldest and most atmospheric pubs, try The Three Mariners. Alternatively, check out the popular Meeting House, a family-run restaurant with a commitment to using local ingredients to create classic and contemporary British dishes.

Take a look at our full collection of Lancaster cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Clougha Pike

A great walking route highlighting the very best of the countryside surrounding Lancaster.

Lancaster Castle

This Grade I-listed Building sits on the site of three successive Roman forts.

Lancaster City Museum

A fascinating museum showcasing Lancaster's diverse cultural and regional heritage.

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