Top 5 Places to Visit in Lancashire

Jamie HarperLancaster Student Life

Being one of the most northern counties of England, Lancashire benefits from being on the west coast; close to the coast with easy links on the west coast rail line, with London, Manchester and Scotland within easy reach. Lancashire also borders on several counties, making it very central for some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. 


Lancashire itself boasts a wealth of popular places to visit, from urban cities to beautiful countryside. Here we list our top 5 places to visit in Lancashire. 


  1. First on the list has to be the famous Lancaster Castle. Settled overlooking the historic city of Lancaster, the castle is a great place to visit, with regular tours available. Lancaster castle’s history goes back hundreds of years and is probably most famous for the witch trials that took place at the castle. Since then, the castle has also been a prison but now boasts a beautiful glass fronted café, a stone mason and numerous studios. 
  2. The Trough of Bowland is one of the most visited places in Lancashire, popular among cyclists, hikers and families alike. With miles of beautiful countryside, quaint villages and pubs, flowing brooks and plenty of animal life, it is certainly well worth a visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  3. If you’re looking for a bargain, Preston’s historic market is a must for treasure hunters. With its fully restored original Victorian canopy, the market in Preston holds regular markets four days a week, with a popular flea market on Tuesdays and Thursdays for avid collectors. Preston have recently renovated the market further, with the addition of an indoor Camden market style area to the front of the market.
  4. One of the oldest market towns in Lancashire, the town of Garstang is a beautiful day out, complete with numerous independent shops, pubs and restaurants. A market is held in the town every Thursday and Garstang also holds regular events throughout the year, including the scarecrow festival and the famous Dickensian weekend.
  5. Once being the most affluent area of Lancashire, Morecambe is rich in history, arts and culture. With a beautiful seafront, piers and plenty of independent shops and restaurants, Morecambe is still a bustling town, with something for all the family. Recently securing plans for the Eden Project, Morecambe is set to go from strength to strength and is a great day out.