Why Lancaster is Considered the Best City to Live and Study?
The city’s first recorded name, Lancastre, meaning ‘Roman fort on the River Lune’ is recorded in the Domesday book in 1086. Lancaster was given city status in 1937 because of its “long association with the Crown”. The castle has around a thousand years of rich history.
Many buildings in the Lancaster city centre and along St. George’s Quay date from the 19th century, built as the port became one of the busiest in the UK and the fourth most important in the UK’s slave trade.
What is Lancaster famous for?
Standing On a hilltop, the historic medieval Lancaster Castle has antique furniture, 19th-century prison cells and views of the River Lune.
Lancaster Castle is well known as the site of the Pendle witch trials in 1612. It was said that the court based in the castle (the Lancaster Assizes) sentenced more people to be hanged than any other in the country outside London, earning Lancaster the nickname, “the Hanging Town”.
How To Find Lancaster Castle: Castle Grove, Lancaster LA1 1YJ.
Lancaster City Museum.
A short stroll into the City from the Castle is the Lancaster City Museum features displays on the city’s history and its army regiment in a Georgian building.
This small museum concentrates mainly on military history as the building used to be the recruiting office for those wishing to sign up. You will find it really interesting (and maybe a bit sad) to read about a member of the Regiments and see the letters that they sent home to their families.
How To Find Lancaster City Museum: Market St, Lancaster LA1 1HT
To the East of the City Centre is Williamson Park, The park offers 45 acres of parkland and woodland walks, a butterfly house and outstanding coastal views.
In the heart of the Park stands the elegant Ashton Memorial (a famous Edwardian folly which was a gift to the City from Lord Ashton) was a memorial to Lord Ashton’s second wife, Jessy Henrietta Hulme, who unfortunately died in 1904, 5 years before the folly was completed.
How to Find Williamson Park: Quernmore Rd, Lancaster LA1 1UX
Lancaster Maritime Museum.
The city’s seafaring past is explored at Lancaster Maritime Museum. The Lancaster Maritime Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings dating from the second half of the 18th century.
It was opened in 1985 and has won many awards. The former Customs House of 1764, designed by Richard Gillow, contains displays on the history of the Port of Lancaster and the local fishing industry, with a gallery for exhibitions.
How to Find the Lancaster Maritime Museum: Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George’s Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RB
Lancaster University is based on a beautiful 560-acre parkland campus.
Explore the Lancaster University facilities and get a feel for life at Lancaster at one of the regular campus tours for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students and their guests.
If you are considering applying? Then one of the student-led campus tours is a perfect way to explore all facilities, meet a Lancaster student and help you get a feel for life at Lancaster to help you make your decision. Make sure to pre-book for one of our Campus Tours for prospective students.
If you can’t make a scheduled tour, please pop into our Welcome Centre at any point to have a brew and a chat with our Student Ambassadors or collect some literature. You will find them open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9:30am – 1:30pm on Saturday.
You can also contact Lancaster University on 01524 593836 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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