Top 10 Facts About Lancaster

Jamie HarperLancaster Student Life

With so much history, culture and a vibrant arts and music scene, it’s no surprise that many people choose to study and settle in Lancaster. Here you will find some interesting facts about Lancaster. How many did you already know?


  • Lancaster is the most northerly town in Lancashire, situated just a few miles from Morecambe Bay and bordering on the counties of both Cumbria and North Yorkshire.
  • The Lancaster Castle is famous for the Pendle Witch trials of 1612, with tours regularly taking place for visitors. The Castle is a great place to visit for anyone interested in history.


  • Lancaster Castle served as a HM Prison until 2011 and is now open to the public for tours and is home to one of Lancaster’s much-loved cafes situated in the castle courtyard.
  • Lancaster boasts the most pubs per square mile for the size of the city! With regular live music too, it is one of the most vibrant cities in the North.
  • Counties in England used to have capitals, with Lancaster being the old capital of Lancashire.
  • The emblem for the House of Lancaster is the Red Rose, with the White Rose belonging to the house of York. A civil war occurred due to rivalry between the two counties in the War of the Roses.
  • St George’s Quay was one of the busiest ports in the UK during the 19th century but was short-lived due to the river silting up. Heysham is now home to the area’s main port.




  • Lancaster gained its first charter in 1193 as a market town but did not receive city status until 1937.
  • As well as a large vibrant music scene, Lancaster also boasts several theatres and arts centres, notably, the Dukes Playhouse, the Grand Theatre, and The Gregson.



Lancaster is truly a thriving city, and a great place for student culture, with everything on your doorstep.