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If you want to explore the best of historic Lancaster, you can buy cheap train tickets to Lancaster with TransPennine Express.
On arrival the bus station is a 10-minute walk from the train station on Cable Street and the timetables can all be found on the council website. The station also has a taxi rank right outside.
It takes just 15 minutes to get to Lancaster on the train from Preston. Trains to Lancaster from Glasgow and those from Edinburgh both have a journey time of 2 hours 15 minutes. If you’re getting the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster, your journey will take around 1 hour 15 minutes. The Liverpool to Lancaster train journey also takes around 1 hour 15 minutes with a quick change at Preston.
You can secure cheap train tickets to Lancaster in a number of ways. For regular journeys in and out of Lancaster, a season ticket will help you save money. For one off trips, if you can be flexible with your chosen train and travel outside of peak times you’ll also save some cash. If you can book your ticket early you could save over 50% with advance train tickets to Lancaster.
The first train leaves Lancaster at around 05.15 on weekdays with the last train leaving the station at around 23.30.
There is a car park at Lancaster train station, with around 165 spaces and six accessible spaces. You can enjoy waiting areas to relax in at the station before your train, as well as shops and refreshment facilities. Lancaster train station also has accessible toilets, baby change facilities and space for 188 bikes.
With a rich history encompassing the Romans, the Saxons and the Normans, Lancaster has always been popular with out of towners. It boasts a majestic castle, an activity-packed park and a theatre that doubles as an arts centre and gallery – so its appeal is pretty obvious. As well as all that it’s just over 15 minutes from Preston and 2 hours 15 minutes from Glasgow.
With The Ashton Memorial, a Butterfly House and 22 hectares of fresh air and greenery, Williamson Park is an absolute must. Lancaster canal boats are another popular attraction in the city, and Lancaster has plenty of beautiful canal walks to really soak up the sights on a nice day. If you’re into your history, Lancaster Castle has been described as “the North West’s most important historic and archaeological monument”, probably due to its fascinating history - it was a prison from 1196 – 2011! Enjoy exploring by bike? Cycle the popular Pendle Witch Trail which takes you from Lancaster to Pendle.
The Borough is a 3-story Georgian town house converted into a vibrant pub and restaurant that is much-loved by locals. The Sultan of Lancaster is an award-winning Indian restaurant decorated with mesmerising Islamic art and serving food that looks and tastes as exquisite as the surroundings. Quite Simply French is a restaurant in a converted 18th-century quayside warehouse.
Located just a little way out of town, The Ashton has it all when it comes to relaxation with 5 uniquely-styled rooms. The Sun Hotel and Bar has been welcoming guests to Lancaster since the 17th century and it’s still getting it right. Lancaster house is a deluxe 4-star hotel, which is perfectly located to enjoy Lancaster whilst also offering Health Club facilities. Lancaster university guest rooms are set in 250 acres of parkland and is the ideal spot to also explore the Trough of Bowland and Lake District National Park.
St Nicholas Arcade is Lancaster's main shopping centre and all your favourite high street stores can be found here. The quirky Assembly Rooms Emporium is housed in an 18th-century building and crammed with vintage clothing, costume jewellery, books, cards and more. Also, home to many producers, independent galleries, markets, and quirky boutiques, it easy to support local businesses and shop Lancashire.
For more ideas on what to do in Lancaster, see Visit Lancashire.
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