January in Lancaster on a budget
Beat the January blues and visit Lancaster. After all being in new places seeing new sights is bound to make you feel more positive towards the year ahead.
Save some pennies getting here
Transport doesn’t always need to break the bank. The January sales are still in full force so head to Virgin Trains and see which bargain advance train tickets you can get to Lancaster.
Tip: Save on your train fare and pick yourself up a Railcard. They offer a range of Railcards which offer 1/3 off rail fares. (T&Cs apply)
If you don’t mind getting Netflix on and travelling an extra few hours then getting to Lancaster by Coach may be the option for you. You can get here from London for as little as £5 by MegaBus.
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Lancaster has a range of accommodation options from boutique hotels to budget stays. If you browse our ‘stay’ page you may grab yourself a luxury bargain stay as it is January. Lancaster House Hotel 4* has a fantastic Super Savers offer for you. Enjoy a 1 night (Sunday – Thursday) short break with Dinner and Full English Breakfast (offer valid until 11th February 2018)
If you are looking for a place to stay in the centre of the city with a few minutes’ walk to all of the attractions. Lancaster Central Travelodge may be the perfect place for you with rooms available in January for 2 nights from just £90.
Free things to do
A wintery stroll
Take a wintery walk and see for yourself why part of Lancaster’s charm is that it remains a compact city, enjoying close contact with surrounding countryside.
An easy walk is a great way to save money and shift the extra pounds from indulging at Christmas. The Lancaster and The Lune walk takes you from the bustle of the city centre to the leisurely pace of the canal and on to the wide open spaces of the Lune Estuary, where binoculars and a bird book would be ideal companions.
Distance: approx. 7.3 km / 4.5 miles
Gradient: mostly flat, some moderate ascents
Free museum entry
Lancaster celebrates the city and the district’s long and illustrious history. To keep the spending down this January pay a visit to the Museums which are FREE to enter.
- City Museum – FREE entry
The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum.
- King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum– FREE entry
The Regimental Museum, housed within Lancaster City Museum, tells the story of the King’s Own, or 4th Regiment of Foot, from 1680 to modern times including the First and Second World War.
Explore Williamson Park
Williamson Park is a must see when you visit Lancaster it is home to the iconic Ashton Memorial otherwise known as Lancashire’s ‘Taj Mahal’ and 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks, play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. Admission to the park and the Ashton Memorial is free.
Visit a historic building
Take a walk into Lancaster’s hidden Sun Square and spot ‘The Music Room’. This is a fine building and was built in about 1730 as a garden pavilion for Oliver Marton, a prosperous lawyer of the Middle Temple, London. He lived at 76 Church Street, Lancaster, an early 18th century house, which he had purchased in 1723. As well as a garden behind this house, he owned a much larger one behind the Sun Inn on the opposite side of the street. Now used as luxury accommodation you are sure to be impressed by the outside of the building. You can also pop into ‘The Music Room’ café which is on the ground floor of the building and offers Single Origin coffees ground and brewed by the cup, Espresso based drinks, Loose Leaf teas and Cakes.
Book your stay at ‘The Music Room’ here
Eating out doesn’t have to break the bank
We all love being wined and dined but it can be tricky on a budget. Lancaster has a range of dining establishments with offers making eating out affordable.
If you fancy some locally sourced pub grub then head to The Borough on the historic Dalton Square. They offer a Wine & Dine evening every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 12 – 9pm receive a free bottle of wine when you buy two main courses.
Maybe a taste of Italy is more your thing try local family Pizzeria ‘Molly’s’ where you can get selected Pizza and Pasta during Happy Hour Happy Hour from £4.95 every Sunday 12pm-4pm, Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm.