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Useful things to know about Lancaster
- Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire.
- Lancaster grew because of its importance as a port.
- It has long standing links to the royal family of Britain.
- It became a city in 1937 in recognition of its links with the crown.
- The castle is built over a Roman fort.
Lancaster Mini Guide
What’s the City of Lancaster Like?
It’s a very interesting city with a long association with the British monarchy. It was originally a Roman town then after a period of stagnation, grew again as an important Saxon settlement. In Victorian days it was important as a port for the import and export of materials for the cotton trade. Today the city’s fortunes rest on its university, one of the top ones in the country. This attracts many young people to the town giving it a youthful vibrancy.
How Easy is it to get to Lancaster?
The closest airport is Manchester
, about an hour away from the city. Trains can take you from the airport to the city centre or there’s a bus from the airport too which is cheaper but a little slower. Many people choose to arrive by train as there are good links with the rest of the country with Lancaster being on the main west coast line.
What Should I do When I’m in Lancaster?
Top of the list should be a visit to the castle which has dominated Lancaster for nearly a thousand years. The current building stands on top of the old Roman fortress and many finds from excavations in the castle ground can be seen in the city’s museum. The Maritime Museum is fascinating too. Many people don’t associate the city with maritime ventures but an hour or two spent in the museum will show you just how important the port was to the development of Victorian England.
What About Entertainment There?
You can take ghost tours of the castle at night at certain times of the year and the city’s Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations are considered to be the most spectacular in the North West.
Latest Update from Lancaster:
- On the 15th and 16th June sand sculptors will head for Morecambe Beach to take part in the town's Sandcastle Festival. With prizes for the best and most original, don't forget your camera for some unforgettable pictures of the sandy constructions.