48 hours in Lancaster
Here’s our guide on how to make the most of our heritage city in two days…
9am- If you want to get a feel for the history of Lancaster, there’s no better place to start than at Lancaster City Museum. The City Museum, a fine Georgian building in Market Square and once the town hall, offers an overview of Lancaster’s history from Roman to current times and regularly hosts interesting exhibitions on the ground floor.
11am- Grab a morning coffee in Lancaster’s newly established ‘Coffee Quarter.’ Atkinsons’ Music Room in Sun Square and The Hall on China Street serve freshly ground coffee and delicious cakes so why not treat yourself.
1pm- No introduction to Lancaster would be complete without a visit to Lancaster Castle, founded (it is thought) in the 11th Century and used as a prison, amongst other things, from the end of the 12th Century until 2011. You can now visit parts of the one-time prison and take a guided tour of the castle. The tour includes the medieval dungeons, the Drop Room, and the court rooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors (thankfully not still in use).
4pm- Walk to the top of East Road and find Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial. The memorial is the domed building on the skyline to the east of the city which has probably been catching your eye all the time you’ve been in the city. Once at the park, explore meandering paths running throughout its 54 acres of stunning parkland. Why not visit the Mini Beast Centre which is also home to an engaging troop of meerkats, or during the spring and summer months, view the butterflies in the tropical palm house.
8pm- Enjoy an evening of entertainment in Lancaster. The Dukes offer both live theatre entertainment and cinema screenings. The Grand Theatre also hosts drama, comedy and music events throughout the year. Find out what’s on during your stay here.
10am- Start the day off by wandering down China Street to the river and walk along St George’s Quay to the Maritime Museum, another fine Georgian building and once the Port of Lancaster Custom House.
12pm- Head east across the city centre and cross Dalton Square in front of Lancaster Town Hall under the unsmiling eyes of Queen Victoria. Here you can observe one of Lancaster’s fascinating heritage buildings. During the summer season visitors can enjoy Town Hall Tours on selected dates please check (link) to see if your visit falls on a tour day.
3pm- You’ll be happy to hear it’s time for some retail therapy…Lancaster offers more than 100 speciality and independent shops. If you love to shop Lancaster is the perfect place to pick yourself up some treats with your hard earned holiday spends.
5pm- If Indian cuisine is your thing head to the Sultan of Lancaster Restaurant. Originally a disused church building, the transformation into the Sultan of Lancaster has restored the structural magnificence of the building. With a stunning interior, glorious ceiling, ornate pillars, hand-crafted screens and detailed features. This is authentic Indian food using only natural spices and ingredients.
They offer “The Sultan Hour” for just £9.95 as an early bird special from 5 to 6.30pm.
8pm- Head for a couple of drinks at Lancaster’s new Gin bar. Hogarth’s is a Victorian Gin Palace specialising and serving over 80 varieties of Gin. If you are a Gin lover make sure you try a ‘Gin Sharing Platters’.