Uncover Lancaster’s ancient and haunting history at its hilltop castle and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of England’s Heritage Cities.
Start your visit to the northwestern city of Lancaster at its castle, the Queens only castle in the North of England. Its courtrooms have witnessed famous and infamous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches, convicted and sentenced to death in 1612. Explore the stories of the thousands of convicts deported to the Colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Stroll along the city’s historic canal or take a canal boat cruise to the magnificent Lune Aqueduct, a striking architectural gem. Wander up woodland paths around Williamson Park and the beautiful Ashton Memorial, Lancashire’s ‘Taj Mahal’, built in 1909 with stunning views over Morecambe Bay. Discover Lancaster’s Roman, maritime, Georgian and Victorian history at the four city museums and make time to explore the city's traditional pubs, famous for live music and great ales, many brewed locally.
Lancaster is 2 hours 30 minutes from London by rail.
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