Nestled on a hilltop in the county of Lancashire to the north west of England lies the ancient city of Lancaster. With its magnificent Georgian buildings, historic castle prison walls and spectacular views from the Ashton Memorial, one of the north’s great follies.
A creative city
A poetic city unlike any other; a home for the arts and music, where creativity lurks around every corner. History runs through the quaint cobbled streets, where you’ll find a coffee shop dating back to 1837, a restaurant housed in a 300 year old former wine merchant’s cellar and Lancaster’s oldest pub which dates back to the 15th century and is one of only two sites in Britain with an original gravity-fed cellar.
The tour of this Queen’s castle brings together a 1,000 years of history, justice, felony and incarceration. Dating back 1,000 years, this hilltop grade I-listed fortress was a prison for centuries. Outside London, more people were hanged here than anywhere else in England, earning Lancaster the sobriquet of ‘the hanging town’.
Award winning museums
Discover Lancaster’s exciting trade industry and hear the stories of the people who lived and worked within Lancaster’s maritime industry at the Lancaster Maritime Museum. Or visit Lancaster City Museum in the heart of the city and housed in an elegant Georgian building. Discover Lancaster’s rich past from Roman times to the present day.