Lancaster: An English Heritage City with a big story to tell
One of England’s most vibrant historic cities where culture and heritage captivate and inspire visitors. Visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings. Stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune. Explore the secret paths of Williamson Park and discover its hidden follies and stunning Edwardian designed butterfly house. Discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years.Dating back almost 1000 years Lancaster Castle was the location of the UK’s most famous witch trial which saw 13 people convicted and hung for crimes associated with witchcraft in 1612. More than 400 years later you can visit the majestic court rooms and find out about the lives and experiences of the so-called Lancashire Witches.
Explore England’s Grandest Folly
Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park – Dominates the Lancaster skyline and is visible for many miles around. It also offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including Morecambe Bay. The building is in the Edwardian Baroque style and was designed by John Belcher. It has been described as “England’s grandest folly” and the “Taj Mahal of the North”.
A Lancaster Landmark
The Lune Aqueduct – One of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ and a masterpiece of civil engineering. At 202 metres long, it carries Lancaster Canal 16 metres above the River Lune. Designed by John Rennie and constructed by Alexander Stevens in 1797. Take a cruise along the canal or stroll along the towpath for some fantastic sights.
Step into 1,000 years of history
Lancaster Castle- Dating back almost 1000 years Lancaster Castle is still owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the Duke of Lancaster. As well as being a fortification, its courtrooms have witnessed many famous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1612.