The historic City of Lancaster is dominated by the dark and brooding 11th century medieval castle. The castle is now open to the public for the first time in 1000 years and tours take place every hour or so. Well worth a visit to learn of its fascinating, but rather gruesome, past.
Lancaster is a vibrant city; bookish, eclectic, with high-quality independent shops, grand Georgian architecture and laid-back coffee shops – no visit to Lancaster is complete without stopping off at Atkinsons – a coffee shop dating back to the mid 1800’s – it’s an experience in itself.
Walk off lunch with a stroll around the city’s Williamson Park, home to the iconic skyline memorial and exotic butterfly house. There’s 54 acres of parkland and woodland walks to explore.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The unspoilt Lancaster Canal passes just 100 yards from Lancaster Barn. Stretch your legs after a long journey and spend an hour or so just strolling along the tow path.
For the serious or novice rambler there are simply too many walks and hikes around the area than we could ever mention here. Lancaster Barn sits just on the edge of the Forrest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A yet largely undiscovered area, with breath-taking fells, moorland and ancient forests. Arm yourself with one of our maps and we’ll happily give recommendations and directions to some of our secret spots.
STAYCATION AT LANCASTER BARN
To really see and experience everything Lancaster has to offer, you need to spend a few days to immerse yourself in the city’s heritage and be blown away by the spectacular beauty of nature.
It’s easy to fill the days taking in the finer city attractions like museums, theatres and galleries. Make time for an adventure through the magical Forest of Bowland, stopping for lunch at a country inn. Spend relaxed evenings at local eateries, or enjoy time in the grounds of Lancaster Barn with a chilled drink.
Lancaster Barns convenient location means it’s just a hop to the motorway network allowing you to explore further afield easily.
Although we are slightly biased towards our own county of Lancashire, it would be hard to resist the magnificent mountains of the Lake District; easily reached in just a 30 minute drive. Spend a day pottering round quaint villages, or embark on a bracing fell hike.
Just an hours drive takes you to Manchester, with it’s culture, restaurants and shopping.
Lancaster Barn is waiting for you at the end of the day to rest your head.