Lancaster Tourist Information

The ancient priory church near Lancaster Castle

The ancient priory church near Lancaster Castle

Pretty Williamson Park is home to the elevated Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House, and is a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. It’s worth taking your camera to some of the town’s other sights. Lancaster Cathedral is particularly picturesque, and The Grand Theatre which opened in 1782 hosts regular shows including world-famous musicals. You can take a walk through the Westfield War Memorial Village, built in 1924 for ex-service people after World War I, and see the houses, still occupied, each with a plaque giving details about individuals involved.

Lancaster’s town centre has a chic and bohemian scene. Alongside high street fashion retailers sit a superb choice of specialist and one off boutiques and craft shops. An ancient Lancashire market town, Lancaster also offers two great city centre markets selling a wide range of crafts, gifts, local produce and international flavours. Lancaster has a vibrant arts scene, with hub venues including independent cinema The Dukes Theatre and Cinema and the classic Lancaster Grand Theatre.

Pick up the Fellsman Steam Railway from Lancaster and see the Dales by train or take a leisurely boat trip or canal boat cruise along the River Lune taking in the spectacular Lune Aqueduct. Lancaster is packed with fascinating museums from the central Lancaster City Museum exploring the history and archaeology of Lancaster and its immediate area and the Judges’ Lodgings Museum, the city’s oldest and Grade I listed town house.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.