Lancaster Activities and things to do
Lancaster is an historic city and it is close to many other popular tourist destinations such as Morecombe and the Lake District, so it provides a good base to travel from and see the wider area. Lancaster has royal connections and it is home to several large estates.
It dates back to ancient times and one of its major landmarks is the imposing Lancaster Castle.
The city is known for its modern culture, yet it still retains much of its historic past.
Getting to Lancaster
Lancaster is accessible via motorway and train.
To travel by car, follow the M6 and use junction 33 or 34. The A6 also passes through Lancaster. The drive is approximately 60 minutes from Manchester.
The main railway station is Lancaster Railway Station, which is accessed via the West Coast Main Line. There are good links with major rail stations in the UK, making Lancaster easy to travel to via train.
What’s on and where to go
Some of the major landmarks in Lancaster include Lancaster Cathedral, Lancaster Castle, Ashton Memorial, Lancaster University, the Priory Church and Lancaster Grand Theatre.
Lancaster has a strong artistic community and a local art gallery; the Storey Gallery exhibits work from local and international artists.
For those that want to learn more about the history of Lancaster, there are three museums to choose from: the Maritime Museum, the Judges’ Lodgings Museum and the Lancaster City Museum.
Moreover, Lancaster has a number of music venues such as The Dukes and Gregson House, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch live bands.
The best time of year to visit to Lancaster depends on what you are looking for, however July is the best time for catching the numerous music festivals that are held in nearby Morecombe throughout July.
In addition, there are several major festivals held in Lancaster throughout the year. The Lancaster Music Festival is held in October, the Jazz Festival is in September, the Food and Drink Festival is in May and the Lit Fest is in October.
Funktion Events organise team activities including an It’s a Knock Out style tournament or their own version of The Krypton Factor.
Or travel to the Lake District for River Deep Mountain High. The centre has a huge range of activities to choose from such as sailing, archery and abseiling.
Borwick Hall Outdoor Education Centre offers caving, rock climbing, archery and plenty more besides.
There’s a whole host of pubs and clubs to choose from In Lancaster. The Vodka Revolution has more than forty different types of vodka to choose from (Yes, there are that many). Fibber McGees is an Irish-themed pub, and The Water Witch is known for its beautiful canal views, great food, and local and continental beers and bitters.