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1. History of Lancaster
Lancaster is an historic city located in the North West of England. Situated on the banks of the River Lune, it has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Dominated by Lancaster Castle, the city centre and St George's Quay feature Georgian Architecture, from a time when it was a major UK port. Lancaster also has ties to the British Monarchy, with the House of Lancaster bein...Read more
2. Now in Lancaster
Today Lancaster is a cultural and educational centre, with both the University of Lancaster and a campus of the University of Cumbria here. There are plenty of shopping opportunities, with a wide range of high street shops, as well as the Lancaster Market and local independent businesses available.
3. Events in Lancaster
Every November Lancaster hosts one of the North-West's largest fireworks displays. In addition to this there are Halloween walking tours of Lancaster Castle, as well as weekly health walks in various locations around the city. During the summer months regular brass band concerts are held in Happy Mount Park.
4. Attractions in Lancaster
There are many attractions in Lancaster. For those interested in the history of the city there is Lancaster Castle as well as the Maritime Museum on St George's Quay. The city is also known for its theatres: the Lancaster Grand Theatre and The Dukes, where you can attend both plays and film screenings.
5. Things To Do in Lancaster
Lancaster is a great place for a family day out, with various museums including the Judges Lodgings Museum, Lancaster City Museum and the Maritime Museum. Another popular attraction is Williamson Park, which contains the Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House. Those interested in the latest blockbuster films can visit the Vue Cinema, and a walk around the city centre provides shop...Read more
6. Business in Lancaster
The city centre of Lancaster contains many well-known and popular high street shops as well as independent local businesses. There is a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs to choose from.
7. Transport in Lancaster
Lancaster is served by a train station and bus service, with rail links to all major UK cities. Nearby airports include Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool. The city can be accessed from Manchester, Preston and Blackpool along the M6 motorway.
8. Entertainment in Lancaster
The Dukes Theatre regularly puts on summer performances against the beautiful backdrop of Williamson Park, with past performances including Peter Pan and Don Quixote. The playhouse itself hosts professional theatrical performances, as well as cultural and mainstream cinema. Nearby Grand Theatre also has wonderful shows, which can be seen in historical settings, originating in 1...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Lancaster
Perhaps the most historically interesting and dominating site in Lancaster is the castle, which includes 12th and 14th century building-work. It is Grade I Listed, with its North section being designated a Scheduled Ancient monument. Another major landmark is Williamson Park, which incorporates the Ashton Memorial; created by Lord Ashton as a memorial to his late wife. From ins...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Lancaster
Lancaster Canal is the longest stretch of man-made water in the country which is lock-free. Engineers built the canal following the natural contours of the land, following 41 miles from Preston, north to Tewitfield, through beautiful countryside.
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