Must see Lancaster this summer…


Whether you’re after an adrenaline-packed day, an educational visit, or a cultural fix Lancaster has it all. With a number of free attractions and events make the most of the summer holidays in Lancaster. Here’s some inspiration on attractions to visit to get your planning started…

Explore England’s Grandest Folly

Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park dominates the Lancaster skyline and is visible for many miles around. It also offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including Morecambe Bay. The building is in the Edwardian Baroque style and was designed by John Belcher. It has been described as “England’s grandest folly” and the “Taj Mahal of the North”. While you’re at the park step inside the tropical butterfly house, see meerkats, mini-beasts, bird enclosure and small mammal section.

A Lancaster Landmark

The Lune Aqueduct, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ and a masterpiece of civil engineering. At 202 metres long, it carries Lancaster Canal 16 metres above the River Lune. Designed by John Rennie and constructed by Alexander Stevens in 1797. Take a cruise along the canal or stroll along the towpath for some fantastic sights.

 Step into 1,000 years of history

Lancaster Castle – Dating back almost 1000 years Lancaster Castle is still owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the Duke of Lancaster. As well as being a fortification, its courtrooms have witnessed many famous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1612. Take a guided tour of the castle which includes the medieval dungeons, the Drop Room, and the court rooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors.

Learn about Lancaster’s history

Learn all about life in Lancaster from Roman times to the present day in Lancaster’s city museum. Changing exhibitions, events, events and activities for families. See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display. Whilst inside, trace the pedigree of Lancaster’s regiment from 1680 onwards at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum.

Start planning your family day out on our Summer in the City website page.