Countryside on the doorstep
Lancaster Canal passes just 200 yards from Lancaster Barn. Spend an afternoon strolling along the tow path, or push the boat out and hire a narrowboat for the day.
For the serious or novice rambler there are simply too many walks and hikes around the area than we could ever mention here. From Nicky Nook to exploring in the Forrest of Bowland there’s something for all. We’ll happily give recommendations and directions to some of our favourite walks in the area.
No trip to Lnacashire is complete without visiting at least one of the countys food heroes. If you love cheese, then a visit to Dewlay’s is a must. Less than a 10 minute drive away, they are the makers of the delicious Garstang Blue Cheese. There’s a viewing gallery to watch the cheese being made and an excellent cheese shop.
Lancaster Brewery brews some fine local ales. It has it’s own pub and shop alongside the brewery which offers tours, and of course the obligitory ale tasting.
The City of Lancaster is dominated by the 11th century medieval castle. The City itself boasts a fantastic shopping area, many independant shops, along with countless coffee shops (Atkinsons is an experience in itself!). Plus bars, pubs, restaurants, a huge antiques centre, not to mention Williamson Park with it’s own exotic butterfly house.
Shopping and entertainment
Lots of great independant garden centres, cafes, tea rooms and gift shops are only 5 minutes away. Try Daisy Clough or Scorton Barn. Just 15 minutes away is the vast complex of Barton Grange. Explore the huge shopping area, garden centre, two restaurants, large cafe, cinema, 10 pin bowling alley, and even a curling rink!
Coast, Castles and Cumbria
Although there’s plenty to do just in the local area, there’s scope for a day trip, maybe to the coast. Morecambe is famed for it’s potted shrimps. Blackpool makes a fun day out by the seaside.
Prefer a bit of history? We love Levens Hall with its ancient topiary, but there’s also Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall or Lowther Castle to explore.
Cumbria and the Lake District are only 30 minutes drive away. Spectacular senery, beautiful lakes and fells for all types of activity. There’s great shopping and some of the best cafes and restaurants around.