Top 7 Attractions for Families

Looking for a great family day out this summer? Lancaster has many indoor and outdoor attractions to keep the whole family entertained. We thought we’d help you start planning your family visit to Lancaster with a list of our top attractions:

Top 7 attractions for Families

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Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is one of the UK’s most significant historic monuments. Join friendly tour guides and be taken through tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages. Castle tours can be gruesome so we suggest the tours are suitable for children 7+. Keep an eye on the Lancaster Castle website for family-friendly events.

* Family ticket £20 (Our family tickets are flexible: two adults and up to any two concessions, one adult and any three concessions, or a group consisting of four concessions, all qualify)


Williamson Park

Visit Williamson Park’s 54 acres of beautiful parkland and enchanting walks and play areas with breathtaking views to the Lake District. Don’t forget to pop by the Parks top attractions including the Butterfly House (formerly a tropical palm house), small animal zoo (home to their resident meerkats and marmosets) and a fully licensed cafe with free wifi.

*Park Attractions (Butterfly House + Mini Zoo) family ticket (2+2) £13


Salt Ayre Leisure Centre

Get active at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, the largest sports and leisure centre in the Lancaster district conveniently located half-way between Lancaster and Morecambe.

*Keep an eye out for some of their family-friendly events and sessions taking place or why not try out some of their fabulous on-site attractions such as Gravity Outdoor Flight Tower,  XHeight Indoor Climbing Walls and Energy Indoor Soft Play.


Lancaster Maritime Museum

Using sound, smells, reconstructions and audiovisuals, Lancaster Maritime Museum covers the maritime trade of Lancaster, the history of the port, the Lancaster Canal and the fishing industry of the Lune Estuary and Morecambe Bay.

*Throughout the school holidays the museum offers a range of craft workshops to keep the little ones entertained choose from learning and making Canal Creatures or crafting your own wind chime plus many more.


Lancaster City Museum

Situated in the heart of this historic cultural city of Lancaster, discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day in this elegant Georgian building.

*Throughout the school holidays the museum offers a range of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained choose from Lancaster Lions & Other Beasts Mask Making or Dragons and Wyrms Pebble Art plus many more.


Giggles play and adventure

Based at Lancaster Leisure Park Giggles Play and Adventure is a local family business. Suitable for children from birth to 12 your children there is a separate play area for the little ones, ball pool, tunnels, slides, rope climbs, indoor children’s karting and much more.


Judges’ Lodgings

Between 1776 and 1975 the Judges Lodgings became an impressive residence for judges visiting nearby Lancaster Castle. Today there is something for everyone with beautiful period rooms, gorgeous Gillows furniture, Victorian schoolroom and Museum of Childhood.

*During the holidays make your own masterpieces, get up close & personal to real museum objects, discover fascinating facts about life in the past or explore Lancaster’s oldest town house following some terrific trails. Choose from a Law & Order Secret Treasure Hunt or Heroes and Villains Workshop plus many more.


For plenty more of family-friendly sightseeing and attractions in Lancaster please visit the ‘See and Do’ website page.