Attractions and Places to Visit

The beautiful city of Lancaster sits in Lancashire, north-west of England, and is a lovely place to indulge a love of history, walk around or splash out with a bit of retail therapy. Situated just 45 minutes from the stunning Yorkshire Dales, it’s also a good location from which to head out into the countryside.

Visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings, and find out more about the people who shaped its history. The origins of the castle date back almost 1,000 years and the castle invites visitors to explore its dark but fascinating history.

In Lancaster, stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune.

Explore the secret paths of Williamson Park and discover its hidden follies and stunning Edwardian designed butterfly house. Discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years.

If you’re staying in Lancaster, pack some hiking boots and seize the moment to visit the Yorkshire Dales. This popular countryside destination is only 45 minutes away.

Blackwell House

Blackwell House

Designed at the turn of the last century by the architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, this elegant house is one of England’s finest surviving examples of Arts and Crafts architecture.
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Brantwood

Brantwood

John Ruskin was one of the great polymaths of the Victorian age, dabbling in everything from philosophy and art criticism to the aesthetics of lace-making. He bought this house...
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Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

This whitewashed cottage near Grasmere was William Wordsworth’s first home in Lancaster. He arrived in 1799, and remained here for the next nine years with his wife Dora...
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Hill Top

Hill Top

This farmhouse in Near Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter created some of her best-known stories. She bought the house in 1905 (funded largely by royalties from her first book...
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Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

Owned by her Majesty the Queen as 'Duke of Lancaster' this fascinating Grade 1 listed building has dominated Lancaster for almost 1000 years and is one of the best preserved and...
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Lancaster Maritime Museum

Lancaster Maritime Museum

The Lancaster Maritime Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the...
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