LANCASHIRE

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Pendle HillThe county of Lancashire is in the north west of England. There are bright, modern cities like Lancaster, Preston, and Blackpool to explore as well as beautiful natural scenery such as the Forest of Bowland where you can find the famous Pendle Hill (map #14), the site of Quakers, witches, and experiments with barometers. Lancashire also has lovely coastal scenery and the area around Morecambe Bay (map #7) in the north of the county is particularly stunning as well as being the source of some great seafood.  However, catch of the day aside, if you visit Lancashire, you shouldn’t miss out on trying the famous Lancashire Hotpot, a warming mix of lamb and potatoes. 

 


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Places of Interest:    1. Lancaster Castle  2. Storey Castle   3. Williamson Park   4. Cottage Museum   5. Lancaster Priory and Parish Church   6. Roman Bath House and Wery Wall   7. Morecambe Bay  8. Blackpool Tower   9. Blackpool Pleasure Beach   10.Ripley's Believe it or Not  11. Stanley Park  12. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery   13.  Blackburn Cathedral   14. Pendle Hill

 

 

 

 

 



Lancaster CastleLancaster [pop  46,000] is a university city with plenty of interesting history to explore as well as modern entertainments to keep the whole family happy. The area was certainly inhabited during Roman times and went on later to become an important port for the slave trade.

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Lancaster is situated on the River Lune. The railway station is at Station Road to the west of the main city centre, while the bus station is to the north of the centre and south of the river, between Damside Street and Wood Street.

Sights
Built on the hill-top site of three successive Roman forts, Lancaster Castle [map #1, Castle Parade, +44 1524 64998, Adults £5] has a history of witches, Jacobites, and executions. The building has been used as a court and prison since the early 18th century, including a turn as a rather luxurious debtor’s prison in the early 19th century.      

The Storey Gallery [map #2, Meeting House Lane, +44 1524 509008, free entry] features contemporary visual art and is housed in a beautiful Victorian building.        

Overlooking Lancaster, Williamson Park [map #6, +44 1524 33318, free entry] is a former stone quarry that has provided the city with a green space since the late 19th century. The centerpiece is Ashton Memorial, a grand folly built by James Williamson or the 1st Baron Ashton, the man who made the park, in memory of his second wife.         

The Cottage Museum [map #3, 15 Castle Hill, +44 1524 64637, Adults £1] brings the history of the early Victorian period to life.       

The site of the Lancaster Priory and Parish Church [map #4, Castle Hill, +44 1524 65338, free entry] dates to the AD600s at least, when there was a Saxon church. In the late 11th century a Benedictine Priory was established. There is a lot to see here, from tapestries and regimental standards to crusaders’ coffins and a three-level Jacobean pulpit.

In the same field as the castle and priory can be found the remains of a Roman Bath House and Wery Wall [map #5, Vicarage Field, +44 1524 64637, free entry]. The bath house was probably part of an official’s house, which was then destroyed to make way for a Roman fort.

    

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Penny Street Bridge [Penny Street, +44 1524 599 900, £65] Great value. Penny Street Bridge has stylish modern rooms and traditionally decorated common areas.

Morcambe BayThe Sun Hotel [63-5 Church Street, +44 1524 66006, £65-82] The Sun hotel has been welcoming visitors since the 17th century but refurbishments have made it a modern haven. Breakfasts are served until late – fantastic for all those who like their sleep ins.

The Ashton [Wyresdale Road, +44 1524 684, £98-158] The Ashton is a wonderful retreat: a luxurious and peaceful spot to get away from it all. There are many books to read and lots of little extra touches.

 

 

 



Blackpool loop-the-loopBlackpool [pop 142,900] was the holiday spot of choice for northern mill town workers in the 19th century and it remains a popular destination within the UK and Europe today. Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach, and the Golden Mile are the famous attractions in this town that is much like the Las Vegas of English seaside resorts – loud, tacky, and not to be missed. It is also, incidentally, gaining a reputation as the ‘gay capital of the North’ and there are plenty of nightclubs and bars catering to LGBT scene.

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Looking out over the Irish Sea towards Dublin, the city of Blackpool spreads inland from the coast around Stanley Park and the Reach Golf Club. Blackpool North Railway Station is situated on High Street while the bus interchanges are situated at Market Street and Corporation Street in the centre of town. The Blackpool Trams run between Starr Gate in Blackpool and the Fleetwood Ferry Terminus. Blackpool also has an airport, Blackpool International Airport, and there are tram, bus, rail, and taxi connections to the city.

Sights
Blackburn TowerBlackpool Tower [map #8, The Promenade, +44 844 8262626, Adults from £7-17 depending on season] was inspired by the Eiffel Tower but it’s actually at the centre of a very kitsch theme park with the Tower Eye, Dungeon, Circus, Ballroom, and Jungle Jim’s Adventureland.

The seaside promenade between the north and south piers, Golden Mile, has been attracting holidaymakers since the 19th century. Then, visitors amused themselves with fortune tellers and oyster bars but today nightclubs, amusement arcades, and fish and chips are more likely to be on the menu.  From August till November, there is also the famous Blackpool Illuminations which lights up the seaside.  

Blackpool Pleasure BeachPleasure Beach [map#10, +44 871 2221234, £10-28 price changes from season to season] has some of Europe’s most thrilling roller coasters and amusement rides: experience the original Big Dipper, Infusion, a suspended coaster with lots of loops, and the Big One, Europe’s tallest rollercoaster. There are also plenty of family friendly attractions such as an Alice in Wonderland ride, a ghost train, a pirate ride, and a Chinese Puzzle maze. For more traditional fairground fare, head for the arcades or the resident clairvoyant.

Explore 2 floors of oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not [map 9, Units 5 & 6 Ocean Boulevard, +44 1253 341033, Adults £8], one of the worldwide chain of museums dedicated to the unusual, surreal, and the unbelievable but true. The Blackpool Ripley’s most famous items are the fertility statue (reputed to have led to 1000 pregnancies and counting), Junkart, and the floating tap.
After all the fun and frenzy of the attractions by the sea, take a quiet stroll in Stanley Park [map 11, Bound on all sides by the Park Drives], an elegant spot with manicured Italian gardens and fragrant rose gardens.

Hotels

    

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Rubens Hotel [39 Lord Street, +44 1253 622920, £22.50-25 per person] The rooms are rather quaintly decorated but the service and hospitality is friendly.

Kings Hotel [553 New South Promenade, +44 1253 341442, £25 per person] Some rooms here have excellent views of the Promenade and, at the right time of year, the Illuminations. Kings is situated a stone’s throw from the Big One roller coaster but despite its proximity to these attractions, it’s a quiet, clean place to stay.
Blackpool at night
Kenley Hotel
[29 St Chads Road, +44 1253 346447, £50-55] The Kenley has beautiful modern furnishings and a great selection of modern cuisine too. A bit of luxury at standard guesthouse prices.

The Arthington [24 St Chads Road, +44 1253 346436, £55-65] The Arthington offers excellent hospitality, a relaxed atmosphere, and modern furnishings. It is really good value for money considering its location and quality.

 


 

Blackburn [pop 140 000]  is a town in Lancashire that has considerable historical value as one of the northern Mill Towns. It contributed heavily to the cotton weaving industry and is still a great place to buy textiles. Home to a large South Asian population, it is a vibrant and multicultural place with plenty of exotic foods to savour.

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Located in the East Lancashire Hills, the town of Blackburn is hilly and it is bisected by the River Blakewater. Blackburn railway station is situated at Railway Road. The main bus interchange is situated nearby just off Railway Road.

Sights
Blackburn Museum ancient bookBlackburn Museum and Art Gallery [map #12, Museum Street, +44 1254 667130, free entry] contains a wide and varied collection including Japanese prints, an Egyptian mummy, items from South Asia, and items from the history of Blackburn.

The Lewis Textile Museum [Exchange Street, +1254 667130, free entry] has been converted into a drug addict centre and its exhibits which shows the town’s long history of cotton mills has now moved to a section of the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

Blackburn’s Gothic style Cathedral [map #13, Cathedral Close, +44 1254 689666, free entry] stands on a religious site that has been around for a 1000 years but the structure we see there today dates to the 19th century.

Hotels

    

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Millstone at Mellor [Church Lane, +44 1254 813333, £62.50-77.50 per person] The Millstone offers chic country comforts in a friendly but professional atmosphere. The food here is fantastic.