Located in the historical county of Lancashire and close to the stunning Lake District, the city of Lancaster is a small but diverse city in the north of England. The city is the perfect base for visiting numerous places in Lancashire including the seaside resort of Blackpool, the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland – an area of outstanding natural beauty. History buffs will find plenty to discover in this historical city, such as the majestic Lancaster Castle and Priory church. There’s also plenty on offer for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, as the surrounding countryside offers an array of excellent hiking trails. Alternatively, if you fancy a day out at the seaside, both Morecambe and Blackpool are a short drive away.
An economy car is ideal for driving around Lancaster’s busy urban centre and very fuel efficient should you head to the seaside at Morecambe or Blackpool.
Driving in Lancaster
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Important things to note
It’s advisable to avoid driving in and around the city centre during morning and evening rush hours as traffic tends to build up which can lead to long delays.
The city has a complex one-way system where traffic can get congested, even outside rush hours. It’s important to plan each journey to familiarise yourself with the network.
The city has great transport connections with easy access from the M6 motorway. The resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool are within a half hour drive of the city centre.
Highlights & Hotspots
A trip to Williamson Park is a must for anyone visiting the city, particularly in summer, as it hosts numerous outdoor events such as concerts and theatre performances. This stunning park is home to the tropical Butterfly house, as well as a great play area for kids and acres of plush parkland.
History enthusiasts should be sure to visit the impressive Lancaster Castle. This well-preserved fort was formerly known as “Witches Tower”, as it was used during the Pendle Witches’ Trial in 1612. Guided tours are available as well as the opportunity to experience being locked in the dungeon.
If you fancy an afternoon learning about Lancaster’s heritage, then the city is home to numerous museums. The Maritime Museum, located on the river banks, boasts stunning Georgian Architecture and array of exhibits regarding the city’s golden age of industry.
Soak up the city’s culture at The Dukes, a cinema, theatre and gallery space with an excellent bar and restaurant. The theatre spaces stage regular theatre and dance performances while the cinema shows numerous art and indie films throughout the year.
The nearest airport to Lancaster is Blackpool International Airport, which is only a half hour drive away. The airport is located approximately 30 miles south of Lancaster city centre and is easily accessible via the M6 and M55 motorways.
Blackpool International Airport serves the city of Blackpool, Lancaster, Preston the Lake District and the surrounding areas, offering a range of international flights with budget airlines.