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Set along the banks of the wide, meandering River Lune, and surrounded by the green-soaked, idyllic Lune valley, the large city of Lancaster blends an extraordinary ancient history with energetic urban excitement. Lancaster’s mix of architecture is truly unique, spanning from mystical Roman fort remains to majestic copper-coloured Medieval castles and stately grey-stone town houses. Lancaster’s populous, academic university brings endless contemporary culture to the city, as well as a youthful, electrifying nightlife.

Things to see

Lancaster Castle is the jewel of the city’s diverse architecture. This Medieval castle boasts an intense and turbulent history - evidence of which can be seen on its war-battered walls and cross-hatched gates. Ascend its winding smooth-stoned staircase to the keep, and be rewarded with crystal clear views across the spire-speckled city and shimmering River Lune. Wander through the cobbled streets, past Lancaster’s grey-spiked gothic cathedral to the city museum, which showcases rare and precious archaeological finds, including a locally-found Roman tombstone. For a relaxing amble, visit Williamson Park, which proffers from vast, well-kept green grounds that hide a butterfly house, stately café and mesmerising sculpture garden. The grounds gently slope toward Ashton Memorial, a huge blue-domed Victorian building, which provides even more picturesque views of the city. To unwind in the evening, eat at one of the many refined European restaurants in market square.

Hotels in Lancaster

Lancaster’s varied accommodation will suit all tastes and budgets. A selection of 4 and 5-star hotels in the historic city centre provide luxurious king-sized rooms with round-the-clock room service, with the city’s finest restaurants at your feet. However, Lancaster’s cheap hotels, which range from 2 or 3-star family-owned hotels to reliable complexes, are also centrally located, and within walking distance of the city’s attractions. There is also a wealth of traditional guesthouses and inns scattered throughout the city’s winding streets, ideal for those wishing to fully immerse themselves in the city’s cultural history.

Where to stay

Stay in St Nicholas Arcade - the charming historic city centre - to be surrounded by Lancaster’s regal Victorian buildings and cultural attractions. The market square is home to cute cafés, which are perfect for coffee and cake, and the surrounding streets sparkle with fine-dining restaurants and refined cocktail bars. The city’s east, centred around the university, is ideal for those seeking slightly cheaper accommodation within walking distance of a youthful, electrifying nightlife. But for those seeking a sublime haven, stay in Lancaster’s surrounding Lune Valley, which is immersed in luxuriant forestry, flower-filled meadows and glistening, cool streams.

How to get to Lancaster

If travelling by car, speed into the heart of Lancaster by taking the M6 motorway, only an easy hour drive north from Manchester. Lancaster’s large, brown-stone train station provides regular and reliable services to Manchester, London, Preston, and up toward the cities of Scotland. Outside the station you’ll find a taxi rank, offering friendly 24 hour service throughout the city and its surrounding areas. The affordable bus service races along bus lanes and stops at all the main attractions. Lancaster is also extremely bike-friendly, so why not rent a bicycle for a pleasant pedal around the sprawling streets.

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