FREE Family Friendly Attractions in Lancaster

Don’t let a tight budget ruin quality family time this summer. Spending time together enjoying the summer holidays as a family doesn’t need to break the bank. Start planning your family day out with these free attractions in mind:

Williamson Park

Visiting Williamson Park is the perfect free attraction to explore in Lancaster. Wander around 54 acres of beautiful parkland and enchanting walks and play areas with breathtaking views to the Lake District. Also home to The Ashton Memorial, a famous Edwardian folly known as the Taj Mahal of the North. (Please note if you would like to visit the Butterfly House or Mini Zoo on your visit there will be a charge)

Lancaster City Museum

Lancaster City Museum is the perfect place for you and your family to learn about the city. Situated in the heart of the historic cultural city and housed within an elegant Georgian building this is where you’ll discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day.

Trace the pedigree of Lancaster’s regiment from 1680 onwards at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum. See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display. There are regularly changing exhibitions, events and activities for families.

Walling’s Farm

Three generations of the Walling family operate this visitor destination working farm with a diverse range of enterprises. In a beautifully converted barn situated in lovely rural Lancashire countryside with ample free parking and fantastic views, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream from the parlour or choose from one of their mouth-watering sweet treats on the main menu in the eatery. Other attractions include ‘Inspirations Plant Centre’, Alpacas, sheep, calves, rare breeds and hens.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition

The British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is currently in Lancaster City Museum! Dive into a world of wizardry and discover some fascinating objects from the museum’s collection. Inspired by the subjects taught at Hogwarts, the exhibition explores some of the influences behind the magical Harry Potter universe. Find out how Hogwarts History intertwines with real life in Lancashire and beyond. There will be plenty of family activities and events throughout so keep an eye on the programme.

Jubilee Tower Lancaster

Head to Jubilee Tower for views of the Lakeland Hills, Fylde Coast, Yorkshire Dales and breathtaking views of the stunningly diverse landscape of Lancaster, Morecambe and the Lune Valley. This simple square stone built tower was built to commemorative  Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

Bull Beck Picnic Site

Bull Beck Picnic Site is a free site, located to the east of Caton in the Lune Valley, offering some extremely pleasant walks along the Lune Valley, towards the lovely villages of Hornby, Gressinghamn or back towards Lancaster. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors with the family.


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