The best attractions in Lancaster

Lancaster Castle, photo by Neil T/Flickr

Being the county town of Lancashire, Lancaster is one of the most beautiful towns in England. It is a remarkable tourist destination, owning some magnificent historic buildings. The town is an ancient settlement that has been dominated by the wonderful Lancaster Castle. It is considered one of the most beautiful landmarks and attractions of the town. The town’s university is also very famous. Besides the castle, there are numerous tourist attractions in the beautiful town of Lancaster, such as the City Museum, the Ashton Memorial, the Lancaster Priory, the Lune Millennium Bridge, the Lancaster Cathedral, the Williamson Park and so on.

Lancaster Castle

The spectacular medieval castle is a remarkable landmark and tourist attraction of the city. It is considered that the castle was founded in the 11th century. The building is large and magnificent, being well-preserved. It has a gorgeous tower named Adrian’s Tower which was built in the 13th century. The castle also served as a prison. It was also built a Gaoler’s House in the castle. People were several times convicted and executed at the castle. There is also a museum on the grounds of the castle and some rooms can be hired for different events. It can be visited daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Guided tours are available from 10:30 to 16:00. (September 2012)

Lancaster Castle, photo by Neil T/Flickr

Lancaster City Museum

The fantastic museum is housed in the former city hall. It includes among others collections relating to the King’s Royal Regiment and can be found in the Market Square. It was founded in 1923. The museum also provides exhibits relating to the town’s history and archeology. The Lancaster Roman Tombstone is one of the major features of the museum. There is no admission fee for visitors. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 17:00. (September 2012)

Lancaster Priory

Also known as St Mary’s Church, it is a magnificent attraction and the parish church of the city. It can be found near the castle. The church is open for visitors and holds different civic ceremonies and occasionally concerts. The beautiful bell tower serves as a bookshop today. The church is a remarkable attraction of the town. If you are in Lancaster, you can not miss to visit it!

Lancaster Priory, photo by Neil T/Flickr

Lancaster Cathedral

Also named St Peter’s Cathedral or the Cathedral Church of St Peter. In 1798 it was a mission church and the present building was constructed in Gothic Revival style. The cathedral is still in use today, holding different events and occasionally concerts. The spectacular cathedral is open for visitors. There are also organized educational tours inside the cathedral.

Lancaster Priory, photo by LivingOS/Flickr

Ashton Memorial

Built between 1907 and 1909, Ashton Memorial can be found in Williamson Park. It can be seen from miles around, being about 150 feet tall. The wonderful memorial was built in Edwardian Baroque style. It also offers stunning views of the surroundings. Today the building serves as venue for weddings and concerts. It also includes an exhibition of beautiful paintings.


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