Explore Lancaster

Ww feel very proud of the city where we live and work. For delegates who have yet to visit Lancaster, we’ve put together some of the highlights of our great city.

By Lancaster Conferences.

Lancaster may only be small in size but it has a large and varied history encompassing three Roman Forts. The remains of one of these is still visible today alongside the ruins of a roman bath house set in the hillside atop which Lancaster Castle sits.

Lancaster Castle is a grade I listed building which has been standing guard over the city for almost 1,000 years. The Castle, owned by The Duchy of Lancaster (Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth is the Duke of Lancaster), has born witness to many scenes of significant historical, cultural and political events including the infamous Lancashire witch trials and many public executions.

At the opposite side of the city and a focal point from almost all parts of Lancaster stands the impressive Ashton Memorial, commission by Lord Ashton as a tribute to his wife. Completed in 1909 the impressive structure plays host to a number of exhibitions throughout the year and is the venue of choice for many local weddings.

The memorial is nestled in at the heart of Williamson Park; a 54 acre site which offers woodland walks and open spaces for relaxing. A family favourite, the park is the location for plays and children’s activities throughout the summer. We also can’t forget the Edwardian Butterfly House which stands behind the Memorial – a tropical wonderland which is home not only to an array of jewelled butterflies but also a small animal garden and mini beast cave.

Lancaster’s cultural scene is vibrant with two very active theatres, the Grand and the Dukes. Both theatres play host to an array of contemporary acts such as comedians, singers, performances of classic plays and local amateur performances. With a host of independent shops, cafes and galleries alongside the renowned high street brands, Lancaster offers a varied leisure experience. The city also has an active night life with a warm and friendly buzz – whether you prefer bars or local pubs serving traditional ales, Lancaster has something for everyone.