Weekend Autumn Break in Lancaster
As the Great British Summer draws in our attention is slowly drawing to autumn. Are you ready for bright crisp mornings and colourful falling leaves? Lancaster is a great place to visit in the autumn months to get cosy and enjoy a warming meal in one of our traditional pubs.
Learn about Lancaster historic past on a tour of Lancaster Castle, take in the sights of autumn on a long walk through the countryside or wrap up and experience one of Lancaster’s many autumn events. Why not stave off the post-summer blues and book a short break to Lancaster this autumn?
Here’s our top autumnal tip list to make the most of your trip.
Journey Social for Brunch
Start your day the right way and fill your boots at Journey Social Espresso Bar a speciality coffee shop and brunch spot in the heart of Lancaster’s independent quarter with a focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing.
Lancaster Castle Guided Tour
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).
Gain an insight into the day-to-day inner workings of Lancaster Brewery on a relaxed and informal tour. Covering all the necessities of the brewing process beginning with the malt silo right through the underback and copper to the racking machine and cold store. Ask as many questions as you please and learn something new.
Now after a long day of learning and exploring the only thing to do is to sit back and relax with some traditional pub grub and locally brewed ale in a cosy pub. The White Cross is situated in a refurbished cotton mill warehouse which was part of the old Storey’s Cotton Mill that was built next to Lancaster’s main canal. Now refurbished into an independent pub The White Cross is a popular food and drink spot in Lancaster using only local products where they can and over 80% of ales served are all come from breweries less than 40 miles away.
Looking for some relaxing evening entertainment? Head to The Dukes an award-winning theatre and cinema. Built in 1796 as the Parish Church of St Anne, it was cleverly converted into a theatre in 1971. Check out their programme here and see if you can catch a theatre performance or film you fancy during your stay.
Before you head to the countryside grab some brunch in Lancaster City Centre on your way to give you that extra boost of energy.
Located in the centre of historic Lancaster and spread over three floors of a Georgian town house is The Borough. Serving a selection of brunch dishes to help you start your day right. And even better all breakfast prices include unlimited tea and filter coffee for you to enjoy.
Head to Lancaster bus station and catch the Bus Service Route 80 – Lancaster to Ingleton. As you head out of the city on a scenic route into the countryside take the time to observe parts of The Forest of Bowland on your journey. Hop off the bus at Wray a small picturesque village in the Lune Valley.
Starting from the Bridge House Farm tearooms in the centre of the village embark on the Roeburndale Walk. This is an 8 mile walk taking around 3hr 45mins but it is well worth it as it is the largest and most important areas of ancient semi natural woodland in Lancashire. See if you can spot birds such as the Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Green Woodpecker. Stroll down the River Roeburn and feel the crunchy autumn leaves under your feet.
Download the Roeburndale Walking map here.
After your crisp autumnal walk through the countryside you will end up where you started in the centre of Wray village. After working up an appetite treat yourself to good homemade food and real ale in Wrays traditional country pub George and the Dragon. In your own time head back to Lancaster.
Our Top Suggested Autumn Events
Between September – November 2018
For more events throughout the year visit What’s on