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Lancaster and surrounds

About Lancaster and its surroundings

Lancaster on UK map

Lancaster is a historic city on the River Lune in North West England. Evidence suggests a Roman fort occupied the hill where the city's castle now stands. The city is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Loncastre, where "Lon" refers to the River Lune, and "castre", from the Old English cæster for "fort". Sites of historical importance in Lancaster include the castle, the Priory Church of St. Mary and the Edwardian Ashton Memorial.

There is much to see and do in the city and in surrounding areas. Lancaster enjoys easy access to some fantastic countryside, ideal for enjoying outdoor pursuits and the region's wildlife, including the Pennines, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Morecambe Bay.

Bluebells, Lancaster Uni campus. Photo: (c) A. Sier
Bluebells, Lancaster Uni campus. Photo: © A. Sier
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