With its mix of great places to eat & drink, castles & museums, impressive theatre and some fantastic events, Lancaster is a city which is well worth exploring for a group visit.
Lancaster’s history can be traced back thousands of years and that is no better displayed than by having a guided tour of Lancaster Castle, which dominates the Lancaster skyline
Whenever you choose to visit, you’ll be delighted with the evening entertainment available to group organisers with plays, musicals and shows at The Dukes and the Grand Theatre.
The Dukes’ annual Play in the Park is a large-scale walkabout performance and is a must-see during the summer months. Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University also offers theatre and dance, concerts and music events and a public art gallery.
For views across the city, head up to the Ashton Memorial, one of the grandest of English follies. The memorial is set within the beautiful parkland of Williamson Park which provides some great panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells.
Muse over fine exhibitions and collections at the city’s museums, including the Maritime Museum on the historic quayside, telling tales of Lancaster’s past. Other historic places ofinterest include Lancaster Cathedral with its tower standing over 240ft tall and Lancaster Priory, built on the site of a 4th Century Roman fort.
Lancaster offers a rewarding Shopping Experience with two well-established shopping centres, many big high street names and lots of individual retailers in a network of pedestrianised streets. Lancaster’s Charter Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a range of food, books, gifts and clothing for sale. Also hidden away down charming narrow lanes are even more unique shops and eating-places housed in historic buildings.
There is also a huge selection of independent Cafés and Restaurants, many catering for groups and serving specialist foods.
There is a good value Coach Park in the heart of the city and great value Hotels in Lancaster and nearby Morecambe that cater for parties, offering competitively priced group rates and incentives to drivers/group organisers. The large hotels on offer include the Royal Kings’ Arms and the Holiday Inn, a Travelodge and a Premier Inn, plus Lancaster House Hotel (near Lancaster University).
For further enquiries call (01524) 582394 (Lancaster Visitor Information Centre) or visit www.visitlancaster.org.uk.