A city alive with culture, heritage and unique attractions, Lancaster is an excellent short-stay destination. With street markets, boutique hotels and quirky pubs, our city museums and maritime museum, and our range of high street and independent shops, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie at heart, a self-confessed shopaholic, or a keen culture vulture – Lancaster can offer you a stay to remember. Wander inside our beautifully preserved 1,000-year-old castle; enjoy a French meal on the quayside; take in a performance of the renowned ‘Play in the Park’ in the summer, and spend time sipping specially imported coffee at the premises of one of the North West’s most intriguing coffee shops. Lancaster’s skyline is dominated by its two most distinctive buildings – the Ashton Memorial, a unique Victorian folly you may have noticed while travelling on the M6 or West Coast mainline; and Lancaster Castle, scene of the notorious Lancashire Witches’ trials and known as The Queen’s ‘other’ castle.