Want to get to know and experience as much of local life as possible? You have come to the right place. Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot, but big enough to keep you entertained all day and night.
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Pubs & Bars
If you love old pubs we have plenty of them. Lancaster buzzes with live music at the many historical pubs within the city, found along the banks of the canal, through the Georgian streets and even underneath the city in the Castle's former wine cellars.
The Merchants 1688
Tucked away, hidden under the city, these 300 year old archways were once a wine-merchant’s cellar. Now a smart bar, restaurant and music venue.
29 Castle Hill, Lancaster, LA1 1YN - 01524 66466
A bustling, award winning gastro pub and restaurant in a characterful Georgian town house, located in the centre of our historic city. Often with great food offers.
Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP - 01524 64170
Accidental Brewery & Micro Pub
Lancaster's first nano-brewery and Micropub see it behind the bar alongside fermenters bubbling away. Serving their own craft beers, brewed on the premises along with many other exciting guest beers from leading craft brewers in the country.
The Old Stables, Bulk St, Lancaster LA1 1PU - 01524 34283
Lancaster Brewery is a multi-award-winning brewer offering brewery tours and incredible craft beers. A working brewhouse with a tavern offering simple food & real ales, plus events. A little out of town you will need to get a taxi or drive.
The oldest pub in Lancaster, The Three Mariners is steeped in history, located inside a Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th century. It is cosy, relaxed and friendly. Winner of the Lunsedale CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017
Bridge Lane, Lancaster LA1 1EE - 01524 388957
Once known as 'The Hanging Town" history runs through the cobbled streets of Lancaster. Follow bygone footsteps along hidden alleyways to discover one of England’s Heritage Cities.
A castle with a dark history. Over 1,000 years of crime, punishment, witches and more. No visit to the city is complete without seeing the castle and being locked in the dungeon. With its tours, events and newly finished cafe it is well worth a visit.
Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ - 01524 237310
Lancaster was once among the five busiest ports in Britain. Tall ships carrying sugar, spices, tea and coffee sailed up the River Lune into the city. The colonnaded customs house, a fine Georgian building, is now a maritime museum that also tells of the slave trade. It's a great place to visit on a rainy day.
Lancaster has plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions to keep the whole family entertained no matter what the weather decides to do.
Cafe & Shop | Butterfly House | Ashton Memorial | Meerkats & Minibeasts | Woodland Walks | Adventure Play. 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks, play areas and wonderful views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells and mountains. Perfect for picnics.
Quernmore Road, Lancaster LA1 1UX - 01524 33318
Morecambe & Heysham
The seaside town of Morecambe has been entertaining holiday makers for decades. Morecambe offers visitors magnificent views stretching to the Lakeland fells also indulgent afternoon tea at The Midland | Pier | Bowling |Cinema | Happy Mount Park | take a selfie with the Eric Morecambe Statue | visit locations from The Bay TV Programme | Promenade | Winter Gardens | Fish and Chips | Ice Cream | Half Moon Bay Cafe | Jump Rush Trampoline Park | Heysham Coastal Village | Heysham Ferry Port | Proposed Eden Project
The Vue Cinema
All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art, multi screen cinema with family deals. conveniently located in the centre of town.
The city's theatres and arts venues provide an all-year-round calendar of cultural shows. Venues regularly play host to major comedy and theatrical tours too.
The Lancaster Comedy Club
Every Sunday 8pm. This intimate club is dedicated to bringing you the biggest acts in comedy. John Bishop, Chris Ramsey, Romesh Ranganathan and The Boy With Tape On His Face are just some of the comedians who have graced their stage.
Theatre | Cultural cinema screenings | Cafe | Outdoor walkabout plays | Hosts a varied programme of touring theatre, comedy, live music and dance
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE - 01524 598500
The Grand Theatre
One of the oldest theatres in England and the 3rd oldest in Britain. Step back in time to see top comics, drama, dance, music, pantomime, ballet and more.
St Leonardgate, Lodge St, Lancaster LA1 1QW - 01524 64695
Nuffied Theatre, Lancaster University
A key UK theatrical venue for presenting and commissioning experimental theatre, contemporary dance and live art.
Presenting up to 30 visiting professional shows a year, from some of the best-known and respected contemporary theatre and dance companies from the UK and abroad.
Peter Scott Gallery, University of, Lancaster LA1 4YW - 01524 594151
By day, a strong 'coffee culture' vibe runs throughout the city, with the infamous coffee roaster, Atkinson's, wafting its aroma onto China Street and Castle Hill. With lots of cafés and bars dotted around the centre you will be spoilt for choice.
If coffee is your thing you must visit Atkinsons roasters & coffee shop plus their unique and individually styled cafe's, The Hall and The Music Room. Atkinsons produce and supply much of the coffee for the surrounding cafes and shops in the city.
12 China St, Lancaster LA1 1EX - 01524 65470
The Storey Institute
Grab a coffee and cake from the cafe at The Storey. Plan your next adventure with leaflets and brochures from the Tourist Information Centre next door.
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH - 01524 582392
We mention the Castle elsewhere on this site but their new cafe needs a mention in its' own right. Set in the Castle courtyard it is a great place to sit back and people watch.
Delight in the quirky shops and high street favourites along hidden cobbled alleys
Browse food, gifts, crafts and books at the twice-weekly Charter Market. A wonderful, traditional street market in the centre of town.
Taste potted shrimps from Morecambe Bay, Lancashire cheeses as well as a hog roast and more exotic fare. Held every Wednesday and Saturday.
Market Square, Market Street and Cheapside, Lancaster, LA1 1XD
Arteria with Gallery 23
This design led retailer showcases truly unique arts and crafts by local and national makers. Hosting a changing exhibition programme through the year in the upper floor galley. A great place to pick up gifts and artwork.
Like any good city there are oodles of restaurants to choose from. Here are some of our favourites.
Quite Simply French
Award winning French inspired cuisine. Bringing a little ooh la la to Lancaster Quite Simply French is a foodie’s destination, where reﬁned tasters visit for ﬂavour-intense cooking; and return for the service they’ve enjoyed.
27A St George's Quay, Lancaster LA1 1RD - 01524 843199
Bustling award-winning gastropub in a Georgian town house. Offering excellent food, fine wines, craft ales. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only place in Lancaster listed in the Michelin guide to eating out in pubs. Their onsite microbrewery produces The Borough Pale, Dark and Bitter.
Blackpool Tower | Tower Ballroom | Blackpool Pleasure Beach | The Big One | Big Dipper Rollercoaster | Pier | Illuminations | 7 miles of Beaches
Only 40 minutes drive
The Lake District
Lancaster is a perfectly located stop over city when travelling up from London or the south of England. Break up your travels and stay a night or 2 before you land in the inspirational Lake District | Lake Windermere | World of Beatrix Potter | Lakes Aquarium | Ambleside | Ullswater | Lake Cruises | Dove Cottages Wordsworth Museum | Wainwright Walks | Coniston | Kendal
30 Minutes Drive to South Lakes
The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere | Malham Cove | Ingleborough | Bolton Abbey | Pennine Way | Hawes | Walking | 3 Peaks | Ribble Viaduct | Kirby Lonsdale | Pen-y-ghent | Nidderdale | AONB
30 Minutes Drive
Forest of Bowland
Bowland Wild Boar Park | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty | Trough of Bowland | Clitheroe | Inn at Whitewell | Gisburn Forest | AONB | Walks | Chipping | Dunsop Bridge | Hornby | Ribble Valley | Dark Sky Discovery Site | Beacon Fell Country Park | Pendle Hill | Pendle Witches Trail | Wyresdale Park