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‘Must see’ Lancaster this summer

If you live in or are thinking of visiting Lancaster this summer, there are plenty of family friendly attractions, activities and events which are sure to keep you and your little ones entertained.

Whether you’re after an adrenaline packed day, an educational visit, or a cultural fix Lancaster has it all. With a number of free attractions and events make the most of the summer holidays in Lancaster. Here’s some inspiration on attractions to visit to get your planning started…

Explore England’s Grandest Folly

AshtonMemorialinWilliamsonParkdominatestheLancasterskylineandisvisibleformanymilesaround.Italsooffersspectacularviewsofthesurroundingarea,includingMorecambeBay.ThebuildingisintheEdwardianBaroquestyleandwasdesignedbyJohnBelcher.Ithasbeendescribedas“England’sgrandestfolly”andthe“TajMahaloftheNorth”.Whileyou’reattheparkstepinsidethetropicalbutterflyhouse,seemeerkats,mini-beasts,birdenclosureandsmallmammalsection.

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. Take a guided tour of the castle which includes the medieval dungeons, the Drop Room, and the court rooms, still in use, with its branding irons for malefactors.

Learn about Lancaster’s history

LearnallaboutlifeinLancasterfromRomantimestothepresentdayinLancaster’scitymuseum.Changingexhibitions,eventsandactivitiesforfamilies.Seethewonderfulcollectionofportraitsandlandscapesondisplay.Whilstinside,tracethepedigreeofLancaster’sregimentfrom1680onwardsattheKing’sOwnRoyalRegimentMuseum.

Start planning your family day out at visitlancaster.org.uk

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