Green your visit to Lancaster

Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Here’s a few ways you can green your visit to Lancaster.


Green your travel here

Arrive by bus, train or bike. Live nearby? Why not travel by bus or consider visiting Lancaster by train. Our city is on the west coast main line and the Railway Station is only a 5 min walk from the centre of Lancaster. If you are arriving by car, you can still go green by using our Park and Ride facility.

View our Getting Here page.

Get around by bike

Lancaster is a wonderful city to explore by bike with many off road cycle paths available to enjoy trips to the coast and countryside along disused railway lines and canal towpaths.


Recycle during your stay

If you are staying in a self-catering cottage or Airbnb make sure the owners have given you both the information and the opportunity to recycle as much of your household waste as you can during your stay.

View the city council’s recycling page on what can be recycled.


Try a meat-free day

Lancaster has lots of friendly cafés and restaurants where you can eat delicious and exciting vegetarian and vegan food. So if you are already a vegan or vegetarian, or perhaps would just like to cut down on your meat intake, then check out these places to eat in Lancaster.

View our Veganuary feature for a selection of places to eat or view all places to eat in Lancaster.


Bring your water bottle

There are opportunities to refill your water bottle at many places across Lancaster.  Williamson Park has a water fountain just outside the café and there are several places in the city centre which have signed up to ‘Refill your water bottle for free’ as well.

Download the Refill App to see refill locations (available on iOS and Android) 


Charge your electric car while you are here

There are a number of car parks in the city centre where you can park and charge your electric car. There are also charging points located at Lancaster’s Park and Ride just off the M6 motorway.


Car share to our events

Save money and reduce stress by car sharing to our big events. Liftshare (external website) is a popular way to find travel share meeting points. Lancaster University also has a car-sharing scheme.

Visit the Liftshare website.


Enjoy local food and drink

One of the best ways to experience a new destination is through enjoying the local food and drink! There are many cafés and restaurants, which celebrate local produce as well as various farmers markets that sell farm to fork produce like Lancaster’s Charter Market*, Countryside Meats and Greenland’s Farm.

*Lancaster’s Charter Market can be found at Lancaster’s historic Dalton Square and is open every Saturday and Wednesday.

Visit our Food and Drink page.


Get around on foot

Lancaster is a small historic city and is best explored on foot. Download one of our self-guided heritage trails or walking guides from our website.

View our Maps and Guides page.


Bring a reusable coffee cup

‘Cups for life’ can now be bought from many different attractions (Williamson Park and other  well-known cafés across Lancaster – Costa, Starbucks, Esquires).  Most of them also offer discounts or deals when using your own cup for your favourite espresso.

View the places to eat and drink in Lancaster.