Lancaster Castle has dominated the town for almost 1000 years, but installations on the hill on which it stands goes back a thousand years further, almost to the birth of Christ. The Romans built the first of at least three military forts on the site in AD79. Little is known about Lancaster until 1093 when the Norman Baron, Roger of Poitou, built a small motte and bailey castle which was replaced 50 years later by a large stone Keep which still stands today as the oldest part of the Castle. Unfortunately, the Keep is part of the Castle which cannot be visited as it forms part of HM Prison Lancaster Castle. There are many things to see including where the Lancashire Witches were tried, beautiful Gillow furniture in the Grand Jury Room, the dungeons and drop room, hanging corner and the magnificent Shire Hall with its display of heraldic shields.
Lancaster University was founded in 1964 and is one of the world's leading research-led institutions. The University offers an extensive range of degree, master's and PhD level programmes that are recognised internationally. With around 11,000 students, which include over 1,500 international students from over 100 different countries, Lancaster is a diverse and welcoming environment for study. Lancaster University is set in 250 acres of parkland.
Explore Morecambe Bay – a great place to experience amazing sunsets, discover natural landscapes and unearth your adventurous side with an incredible range of exhilarating outdoor activities. The Bay is one of the best places in the UK for high adrenalin outdoor activities from sailing, to powered paragliding, parachuting, windsurfing, mountain biking, horseriding, and kitesurfing.
Morecambe Bay stretches from the south west coast of Cumbria to Fleetwood in Lancashire, taking in coastal towns such as Grange Over Sands, Morecambe and Heysham. The headlands of Morecambe Bay offer spectacular, seascape views; the hardy and adventurous can experience a guided walk across the sands, taking in the wide-open vistas across the tidal sand and mud flats towards the Lake District and the Bowland Fells.
Morecambe Bay has some of the most beautiful coastline in Britain and a number of long distance walking and cycling routes start in the Bay area, including the Way of the Roses (long distance cycle route from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington Bay), and the Lancashire Coastal Way. If you are looking for something more gentle, then try cycling on Morecambe Promenade or try one of the Cycle and See routes within Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Bay also offers opportunities for a range of amazing wildlife experiences, like watching the oystercatchers and other waders march up the shore at Hest Bank, Bolton-le-Sands, in front of the advancing tides, or even looking for seals lazing around the south tip of Walney.
With golden sandy beaches, and plenty for children and adults alike to discover, Morecambe Bay is the perfect place to relax, explore and enjoy.
The Lancaster and Morecambe College is a higher education college in Lancaster, England that has been engaged in educating and training students for over 50 years. The College offers courses in animal care, art and design, beauty therapy, business, care and health, child education, computing and digital media, construction and engineering, foundation education, hairdressing, performance, music, film and television, public services, teacher training, and sport and tourism.
Although only a short distance from the Irish Sea, Heysham is not wholly a links but a very fertile grassland. It does however pose the challenges of a typical links. Laid out in 1929 by the noted firm of Hawtree and J H Taylor under the supervision of Alec Herd, it is a fair course with all the greens visible for the second shot. The clubhouse was built in the 1930s and has been improved over the years to include all of the facilities today's golfer expects. An unusual feature of Heysham is the number of par fours stretching more than 400 yards, of which there are seven.
The home of Lancaster Golf Club is Ashton Hall which dates back to medieval times and has hosted kings of England in centuries gone by. It will not fail to impress even the most discerning visitor with its Gothic style architecture and superb setting, providing an unforgettable ambience. The Clubhouse therefore does justice to a most attractive, gently undulating parkland course on the Lune Estuary, measuring 6500 yards with a par of 71, and laid out by James Braid in 1932. We are proud to extend a warm welcome to all who visit our Club.
For 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington, this highly popular route passes through historic cities York and Lanacaster and lesser known gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon.
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is the famous setting for David Lean's film 'Brief Encounter' This once significant railway station is situated at the junction between the main London-Glasgow line and the Carnforth-Leeds line, and the starting point of the Carnforth-Barrow-In-Furness line and a branch line into Morecambe.
The station has been lovingly restored and is now an award winning Heritage Centre and unique conference venue.
The tea rooms have been restored to resemble the set used in 'Brief Encounter' and now serve refreshments daily, while the extensive heritage centre tells not only the story of the making of the film, but delves into the history and heritage of Carnforth, its workers and its families.
Admission is free; donations are welcome.
Open daily 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday
The Platform - Unique live entertainment venue situated in a restored Edwardian railway station on Morecambe promanade.