Lancaster is an exciting and interesting city to explore. The Castle (built in the 5th century), Cathedral and Ruskin Library are amongst the list of things to see, in order to explore the ancient tales and history behind the city. The canal path is the perfect way to take in Lancaster on foot, but if you get tired, there are plenty of coffee shops and tea rooms from which to observe!
5 facts about Lancaster:
- Granted city status in 1937 because of its association with the monarchy.
- The city’s name (entered in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as Loncastre) means ‘Roman fort on the River Lune’ – which was exactly what it was.
- The Castle is well known as the site of the infamous Pendle Witch trials in 1612. It is also now still a working prison.
- The university is ranked in the top 125 in the world!
- Back in the day, Lancaster and York were bitter rivals and had a long-standing civil war!