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Top Choice Castle in Lancaster

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster's most imposing building is the castle, built in 1150 but added to over the centuries: the Well Tower dates from 1325 and is also known as the Witches' Tower because its basement dungeon was used to impris…
Top Choice Gastropub in Lancaster

Bay Horse Inn

One of Lancashire's best spots for exquisite local dishes is this handsome pub 6 miles south of Lancaster. Chef Craig Wilkinson displays his locavore links with a sign outside showing distances to the farms that sup…
Top Choice Coffee in Lancaster

Atkinsons Coffee Roasters

Atkinsons is one of Britain's most prestigious coffee merchants, serving up all kinds of exotic beans and loose leaf teas since 1840. It has been at this location since 1901: inside, the walls are covered in origina…
Top Choice Market in Lancaster

Charter Market

Lancaster's historic market is one of the best in the northwest, a gathering place for local producers to sell their goodies. You'll find potted shrimp from Morecambe Bay, locally made hotpots and pies, as well as a…
Top Choice Cafe in Lancaster

The Hall

Nitro, Chemex, batch brew, siphon…whatever way you want it, this superb cafe in the old parish hall can satisfy even the most demanding coffee connoisseur with the perfect brew. It's part of Atkinsons Coffee Roaster…
Gardens in Lancaster

Williamson Park & Tropical Butterfly House

Lancaster's highest point is the 22-hectare spread of this gorgeous park, the highlights of which are (besides the views) the Tropical Butterfly House, full of exotic and stunning species, and the Ashton Memorial, a…
Vegetarian in Lancaster

Whale Tail Cafe

This gorgeous 1st-floor veggie restaurant has an elegant dining room and a more informal plant-filled courtyard for lunch on a sunny day. The spicy bean burger is particularly good. Food here is locally produced and…
Church in Lancaster

Lancaster Priory

Immediately next to Lancaster Castle is the equally fine priory church, founded in 1094 but extensively remodelled in the Middle Ages.
Music in Lancaster

Highest Point

New three-day EDM and alt rock music festival in Williamson Park that debuted in 2018 with performances by Ocean Colour Scene.