Trains to Lancaster

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

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To celebrate Lancaster as our Destination of the Month, we’ve partnered with PetsPyjamas to offer an amazing stay in Lancaster for you and your dog:

- 2 x 1st class tickets with Avanti West Coast
- A two night’s stay at the Derby Arms, Lancaster


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Top 3 things to do in Lancaster

From canal cruises to pub crawls - there's so much to explore in Lancaster.

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Lune Aquaduct Cruise

Voted Lancaster's top tourist attraction, and one of the waterways seven wonders, the Lune Aquaduct Cruise is only a short distance from the city centre.

Operating regularly during summer, Kingfisher Cruises also offer a host of themed canal trips to show you a different side to the city.

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Highest Point Festival

The stunning site of Williamson Park hosts the city’s biggest music festival spanning 3 days from 12-14 May. This non-camping, family-friendly festival 2022 sees Richard Ashcroft, Clean Bandit and Kaiser Chiefs headlining plus top DJ’s and family activities.

You’ll have to move quick for 2022 tickets or keep it in mind for 2023 when hopefully the festival returns

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Dog friendly accommodation

Lancashire boasts 240 miles of bridleways, 137 miles of coast line and two areas of outstanding beauty. Check out some of the best dog friendly accommodation around Lancaster curated by PetsPyjamas.

If you’re looking for somewhere dog-friendly to stay, they’re the UK’s number 1 site for accommodation and holidays that will cater for your needs.

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Heading somewhere with your furry friend? Here’s everything you need to know about taking your dog or other pet on the train.


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Lancaster - Destination of the Month for May

Planning a trip to Lancaster and not sure what to do when you're there? Get some inspiration from Visit Lancashire.


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Lancaster

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More things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster is a truly historic place that dates at least back as far as the Romans, although it was probably not much more than a fort back then. Its place in history came much later, starting with the building of the castle in the 1200s – with plenty of other bits added and altered over the following centuries. It became the seat of the house of Lancaster, one of the two rival sides in the War of the Roses when the importance of the modern city was formed. You’ll also find a vibrant university town in Lancaster, with modern campuses rubbing shoulders with traditional local architecture. It’s loved by the students as it’s a welcoming city with plenty of bars and nightlife but isn’t anywhere near as crowded as the universities of Manchester and Liverpool a few miles down the track. It’s also surrounded by coast and countryside for exploring, and the Lake District is just a short trip away by train or car.

The station is right in the heart of things, a stone’s throw from the castle and all the cafes, shops and businesses. It’s also pretty much on the coast, a short trip to Blackpool and the Lake District. So whether you’re coming for work, pleasure or culture, hop on the train to Lancaster and soak it all up.

A visit to Lancaster simply has to include a trip to the castle. You can take a guided tour or just wander around the grounds and climb the steps to see some fabulous views of the city and beyond. Then stop off for refreshments in the excellent cafe in the grounds. If everything looks almost pristine, it’s worth noting that this building was still being used as one of Her Majesty’s Prisons well into the 21st century. It’s now under the full stewardship of its owners the Duchy of Lancaster, though, so you don’t need to hide your file in a cake.

If you’ve ever driven past Lancaster on the M6, you might have noticed an imposing monument at the top of a tree-covered hill. That’s the Ashton Memorial, and it’s the centre piece of the beautiful Williamson Park on the East of the city. As well as perfectly kept gardens, there’s a butterfly house, mini-beast zoo, bird and mammal enclosures and a cafe and gift shop to pick up a snack and souvenir of a memorable day.

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As you’d expect in a city that’s full of culture, they love their food and drink around here, so you simply have to sample some of the wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes that are dotted around the city centre and beyond.

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Lancaster Station Information

If you need to know about accessibility, parking, WiFi, toilets or anything else that’s vital to your journey, check out our dedicated page on Lancaster Station:

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What's on in Lancaster?

  • February – November: Gresgarth Hall Garden Open Days: Visit the internationally renowned garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s own stunning garden on the 2nd  Sunday of the month.
  • 30 April – 2 May 2022: Lancaster Food & Drink Festival: With 40+ food and drink stalls being hosted at Lancaster Brewery.
  • 12-14 May 2022: Highest Point Festival; 3 day non-camping, family festival in the city centre.
  • 21-29 May 2022: Lancaster Festa Italia: Celebrate all things Italian, right in the heart of Lancaster. With food stalls, supercars, Ducati bikes, live music and entertainment in the streets.
  • 25 June – 17 July 2022: Gaia: Calling Planet Earth: The global attraction depicting how the world looks from the moon will be hosted at Lancaster Priory.
  • 26 June: Lancaster Pride: The city’s 6th annual Pride festival will see a colourful parade and event in Dalston Square.
  • 13 – 16 October 2022: Lancaster Music Festival: one of the UK’s largest urban music festivals with events throughout the city in over 30 venues, with 300 performances from 200 artists.
  • 5 – 6 November 2022: Light Up Lancaster: a family-friendly trail of discovery with captivating light projections, amazing performances, music, dance, film and fireworks.