Lancaster – Where Life Feels Good
by Northern Life
Whether you’re looking to escape to a peaceful farm cottage in stunningly beautiful countryside, to sample delicious pub food accompanied by a pint of real ale, or if you fancy more of a luxury getaway with the chance to unwind in a high quality spa, Lancashire has it all.
The historic city of Lancaster makes for the perfect city break with its castle, shopping and night life, while the Ribble Valley is ideal for those looking for fresh air, gourmet treats and rural hide-ways. Those seeking entertainment aplenty will love Blackpool’s family attractions and theatres with lots of new developments planned for the resort in 2015.
If you think the city of Lancaster is just the dome of the Ashton Memorial, as viewed from the M6, then think again. This compact and cosmopolitan city is packed full of history, culture and events, including the UKs largest walkabout theatre and a castle owned by the queen.
Must see and do in Lancaster
1. Take a tour of Lancaster Castle
See never-before-seen parts of Lancaster Castle (which is still owned by the Queen) on a brand new tour that includes the story of the Lancashire Witches and lets you see the magnificent Shire Hall, home to the country’s largest display of coat of arms shields.
2. Explore Judges’ Lodgings Museum
Visit Lancaster’s oldest town house, originally the home of Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter. See the renowned collection of Gillow furniture and the enchanting Museum of Childhood, which has toys from the 18th century to the present. Other museums include the Maritime, City and Cottage Museums.
3. Watch the UK’s largest Walkabout Theatre
The story of Oliver Twist will be brought to life in Williamson Park from 3 July to 15 August. Pack a picnic and enjoy a great evening of entertainment with stunning views across Morecambe Bay at sunset.
4. Enjoy a pint of real ale and live music
Lancaster is awash with proper pubs serving cask ales from local breweries, stop for a pint of Hen Harrier at the Borough or head to Ye Olde John O’Gaunt for open mic night.
5. Ashton Memorial
One of Lancaster’s most famous landmarks, but did you know it was built for love? Find out more and experience one of the most stunning panoramic views around when you visit this Victorian folly in Williamson Park.
There’s a range of places to stay in the city from the new rooms at the Borough and Penny Street Bridge, both in the heart of the city, to the award winning Lancaster House Hotel on the outskirts. Winner of Large Hotel of the Year 2014, Lancaster House Hotel, is a country house style hotel with great leisure club (with outdoor hot tub) and its location just outside the city makes it a good base for a drive through the stunningly beautiful Trough of Bowland to the market town of Clitheroe or for exploring the picturesque Lune Valley, home to some great pubs such as the Highwayman at Kirkby Lonsdale and The Fenwick at Claughton.
2015 promises to be a great year for the whole county with exciting new things to look forward to including the return of the Royal Lancashire Show from 7-9 August, the brand new Sky Force ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach opening in the Spring and the week-long Lytham Proms Festival now running from 3- 9 August.
To find out more about short breaks in Lancashire go to visitlancashire.com