Lancashire is a non-urban county in the north west of England. Lancaster is its county town and Preston, the administrative centre of the county. It is a county with a widely different landscape, from gently undulating hills to barren moorlands. The county also has a diverse culture and an abundance of food and drink. Lancashire is characterised by the unique Morecambe Bay, an estuary that is rich in wildlife, the Ribble Estuary National Reserve and the flat yet fertile marshy prairie around Ormskirk. The county’s landscape also encompasses the world acclaimed seaside resort Blackpool with its tower, considered one of England’s most iconic attraction. The Forest of Bowland with its rolling moorland and fells, and the Pennine Hills.
Exploring Lancaster means discovering the city of Lancaster where the Queen’s only castle in the north is found and home to the biggest walkabout theatre in the UK. The Ribble Valley, an area of exceptional natural beauty, the contemporary city of Preston and its ancient origin, the cultural happenings around the towns of Colne, Blackburn and Burnley and the fertile countryside are just waiting to be explored.
Food and shopping
The marriage between agriculture and industry makes food in Lancashire rather exceptional, and the lively food scene in Lancashire is a testament to this. There is something to satisfy every patron’s taste buds and budget in Lancashire. The county’s restaurants are varied, offering international cuisine as well as traditional British cooking using the freshest local produce. It also boasts of modern city bars as well as traditional countryside inns where exotic pub grub is served side by side with home cooked seasonal specialities such as mouthwatering seafood, tasty Lancashire hotpot or homemade sausage coupled with real ale, and always with a warm Lancashire welcome.
Lancashire offers a unique range of shopping establishments that has something for everyone whatever their budget is. There are fancifully covered Victorian stalls, mill shops and factory outlets as well as authentic farmer’s market for local produce. It is guaranteed that shoppers will find what they’re looking for in Lancashire. For antiques and local crafts, shoppers can stumble upon great finds in stores along the side streets of any city or town. The star of the Lancashire shopping scene is without a doubt, the bustling city of Preston, home to St.George’s Shopping Centre with its vast selection of household brands.There are also independent boutiques, department stores and high street favourites in the heart of Preston.
Where to stay
While visiting Lancashire at any time of the year, guests would doubtlessly find an incredible selection of quality accommodation from sensational city hotels, chic seaside B & Bs and guest houses to tranquil serviced retreats and tourist-friendly campuses & hostels. Accessible accommodation for those with impaired hearing, vision or mobility are also available in Lancashire. For those who want to try something different, they can try Hipping Hall, a beautifully restored 16th-century country house. Today the Hall has rooms and restaurants made available to guests and travellers.
If it is a farm holiday that the guests are after, Lancashire will not disappoint. There is a broad range of rural accommodation on farms all over Lancashire and choices range from farmhouses and cottages, self-serviced lodgings, bed and breakfasts and even camping sites. ,
Things to do and see
Lancashire is a relatively large county covering some popular tourist attractions which are best enjoyed with a self-drive rental van. There are great options for those wanting to explore Lancashire’s historical highlights such as a visit to the ruins of Sawley Abbey, Clitheroe Castle and the Judge’s Lodgings once home to Thomas Cowell, the witch hunter who apprehended the Pendle Witches. A visit to Lancaster’s grand castle is also recommended. Just outside the cities, there are heather moorlands and deep valleys that are popular with cyclists and walkers. Stately homes, art galleries, and museums in Lancashire contain unique treasures to be uncovered. For those who are enamoured by the bright lights, and families looking for fun and entertainment they can head towards Blackpool to experience the thrill of the glass skywalk of Blackpool Tower, the world’s largest indoor waterpark and UK’s fastest and tallest roller coaster.