Local Area

places to visit and things to do in Lancaster and the surrounding area

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare
— William Henry Davies


Lancaster and its surroundings offer plenty of exciting and interesting sights. From Lancaster Castle, famous for the 1612 witch trials, to the open heathlands of the Bowland Fells. You'll find plenty of things to keep you occupied. Here are some of the highlights to make your trip one to remember:



Conder green & Glasson dock

A walker and nature lovers paradise. Step out of the Mill onto the tow-path of the canal. Walk west (font facing) and 25 minutes later you reach the end to the canal at Glasson Dock. With links to the slave trade, the dock has a lovely viewing point on the far side of the village. Also visit the famous Port of Lancaster Smokehouse for a tasty selection of produce. From the dock you can venture along the old railway path right into Lancaster. Head east (behind the Mill) for lovely views of the Bowland fells and lots of stunning countryside. After around 45 minutes walking you eventually meet the main Lancaster / Preston canal.

Lancaster is a university city with lots of history plus many modern attractions. Families should visits Williamson's Park for splendid views across Morecambe bay and don't forget to visit the butterfly house and the Ashton Memorial. Shoppers can enjoy the cobbled streets and many boutique shops. Walkers can take in the Millennium bridge and explore the quayside.

lancaster - a compact                                   city with lots to do



Morecambe bay

Morecambe itself is a little run down, but a stroll along the promenade with stunning views across to the Lake District is a must. Also worth visiting is the famous Art Deco Midland Hotel for a nostalgic trip back to the 1930's

Silverdale and Arnside

Great for walking and coastal exploring. With an old railway bridge spanning the estuary, and lots of coastal walks to explore don't miss these two scenic villages. If you're lucky you can see nesting peregrine falcones at the rock face in Silverdale. 

Kirkby Lonsdale

This picture post card village is well worth your time. Set amongst the fells and rolling countryside there is a pretty high street with boutique shopping and a lovely walk to enjoy along the River Lune, with the 13th century 'Devil's Bridge' spanning the water.

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