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Lancaster Castle is a medieval castle in Lancaster in the English county of Lancashire. Its early history is unclear, but may have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune. In 1164, the Honour of Lancaster, including the castle, came under royal control. In 1322 and 1389 the Scots invaded England, progressing as far as Lancaster and damaging the castle. It was not to see military action again until the English Civil War.
Lancaster is one of England’s Heritage Cities. It’s as vibrant as it is quirky with a captivating past and a cultured present. A creative city. An independent city. A city with a great outdoors. A city to shout about. Lancaster is a city with great stories to tell and is easily reached from all over the UK. Just over two hours from London and Edinburgh on the West Coast Line, Lancaster is well served by main line rail.The M6 motorway (The backbone of Britain) provides quick and convenient car travel to the length of the country. In just over an hour from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds you could be exploring our beautiful City.
The Trough of Bowland is a beautiful valley in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles from the city of Lancaster. At 295m at its highest point, The Trough of Bowland historically marked the county boundary between Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. After the shuffle in 1974 Lancashire lost some parts of what is now Cumbria but gained more of the Forest of Bowland to the east.
The Lancaster Canal was only recently connected to the national waterway network via the Ribble Link in 2002. Spending the majority of its life in isolation, it has developed its own unique character. 2019 marks 200 years since the completion of the main line of the Lancaster Canal. Linking Preston to Kendal, the Lancaster Canal is one of the country’s few coastal canals. Built along the natural lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising - the longest stretch in the country. As the canal is naturally level, it also lends itself to gentle walking and cycling as well as canoeing and other outdoor activities. And we've loads of trails and routes to help you take advantage of this wellbeing resource on your doorstep.
The magnificent Morecambe Bay stretches from the south west corner of the Lake District to Fleetwood in Lancashire, and is just a 15 minute drive from the Royal Kings Arms. Meet the King of Piel Island or the Queen’s Guide to Sands. Discover Morecambe Bay’s bustling Victorian towns and Art Deco glamour wherever you look. Uncover ancient sites and seafaring traditions. Marvel at spellbinding views and stunning skies of Morecambe Bay that seem to set the sea alight. Hear the Bay’s wading birds calling, seals playing, and kite-sails flying… or just sit back and enjoy some freshly caught fish and chips.
In England’s north western corner lies ancient Cumbria and the timeless landscapes of the Lake District. This is where modern tourism was born, in the shimmering lakes and hushed mountains whose radiant beauty inspired poets and painters to turn nature into art. A landscape of adventure designed to challenge the imagination, from the exhilaration of the summits to the thrill of an open water swim. A deep heritage of culture expressed in traditional games and a rich calendar of performance. A sophisticated cuisine rooted in the land itself. A world apart, but so easy to get to. In Cumbria and the Lake District we know how to take care of our guests. We’ve been doing it for a long time.
The museum was opened in 1985 in the former Custom House of 1764, designed by Richard Gillow. It also incorporates the upper floor of the neighbouring warehouse, where goods were stored after being shipped into the port from all over the world. Explore these atmospheric and fascinating buildings and discover the history of the Port of Lancaster, the local fishing industry and life in the spaces between land and sea. You can experience the treacherous crossing of the sands, sit in a packet boat on the Lancaster Canal, and hear about life on and around Morecambe Bay. Discover Lancaster’s darker side, as we uncover the city’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and how many families grew their wealth from the trade in enslaved Africans and slave-produced goods.
The Grand Theatre, under its many names, has been a major part of the social and cultural life of Lancaster since it opened in 1782. Some key events are: 1897 Frank Matcham, one of the best known theatre architects, designed and supervised an extensive re-modelling of the stage and auditorium. 1908 A major fire gutted the interior of the Grand, virtually destroying Matcham’s work. Phoenix-like, less than eight months later, it reopened in an Edwardian design to which it remains to the present day.
Lancaster Brewery is a multi-award-winning regional brewer of beautiful beers, born and brewed in the North West of England. Lancaster Brewery has four popular beers that form our core range - Lancaster Blonde, Amber, Red and Black and we also produce monthly specials and seasonal beers from our purpose built brewery located on the outskirts of Lancaster. We do brewing properly. No fuss, no shortcuts, just proper old fashioned brewing using Freshly milled malt (milled on site the same day that we brew), whole-leaf hops and live yeast that, combined with our expertise, produces some of the best beer in the country.
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