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Your guide to Lancashire

Lancashire at a glance:

  • An interesting county with a rich heritage and a variety of historic buildings.
  • Quaint towns and scenic countryside
  • Traditional seaside resorts
  • Glitz and glitter in cheery Blackpool
  • Delicious fresh local produce
  • Traditional seaside holiday destinations, perfect for beach breaks.
  • Canals, walking trails and cycle paths to explore.

Your guide to Lancashire

Located in the North West of England, Lancashire enjoys a diverse landscape with scenic countryside, winding canals and quaint towns that provide a delightful contrast to the glitz and glitter of sparkling Blackpool.

A wonderful county to visit, Lancashire provides visitors with a rare opportunity to combine peaceful days in the rolling green countryside with exciting nights out hosted by some of Britain’s best entertainers, all in one trip.

Whether you are seeking a quiet getaway by the coast or a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, Lancashire is a truly unique location that brings together the best of both worlds. 

To the North, Morecambe Bay offers its visitors stunning scenery and peaceful walks. The area is peppered with pretty villages and quaint tearooms; while the East is home to the captivating Forest of Bowland with its sweeping open moorland, gentle lowlands and picture-perfect farms and villages. Explore the county’s historic villages, watch its rare and beautiful wildlife, or sample the fresh local produce at local pubs and restaurants where a warm welcome awaits. With hidden lanes, quaint towns and jaw-dropping views over the undulating fells and serene moorland, Lancashire is a breath-taking destination with endless opportunities to explore.

At the other end of the spectrum, glitzy Blackpool draws visitors to its famous landmarks and tourist attractions, with a fantastic programme of entertainment throughout the year. Visit the famous Blackpool Tower and enjoy tea in the Tower Ballroom, enjoy the comedic capers and death-defying stunts of the Tower Circus or transport yourself back in time at the Tower Dungeons, where actors, scenes and special effects bring hundreds of years of grisly history to life. Meet the celebs at the famous Madame Tussauds, snorkel with the Black Tip Reef Sharks at Sea Life or simply relax and re-energise at the tranquil adults-only spa in the Sandcastle Waterpark with its wonderful saunas, heated loungers and foot spas.

Whether you visit Lancashire for a peaceful getaway or a fun-filled adventure, the abundance of delicious food and drink will not disappoint. Settle down in a 17th-century coaching inn for a wonderful home-cooked meal featuring locally-grown or caught ingredients; or head to a Michelin Star restaurant for a gourmet treat to tantalise the taste buds. Delve into the freshest seafood at Morecambe Bay or try one of Lancashire’s many specialities served all over the county, from its hearty butter pies and much-loved ‘proper’ Lancashire hotpots, to its flaky Chorley cakes and scrumptious, gingery Parkin. All these delicious treats make Lancashire a foodie paradise.

Bay hotels offer the perfect place to stay whilst exploring this wonderful county, with warm hospitality, crisp clean accommodation and superb value for money. With the very best locations, attentive staff and an excellent standard of food and drink, you’ll find yourself returning to Bay year after year for a great break that's guaranteed.


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Local Attractions

The Tower

Blackpool Tower is an iconic landmark with so much to offer. Its Ballroom is simply sensational and offers visitors the opportunity to dance through the day to the famous Wurlitzer organ. Take afternoon tea in style on the edge of the dance floor with a delicious selection of clotted cream scones and jam, sandwiches, cake and a fresh brew.

Lancaster Castle

Thought to date back to the 11th century, Lancaster Castle has played a key role in England’s history, not least during the English Civil War, and the Scottish invasions of the 14th century. Today, the castle sits proudly in the ancient, charming city of Lancaster, providing an insight into the country’s storied past.

Turbary Woods

With an impressive collection of more than ninety birds of prey, Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey Sanctuary offers its visitors a unique and exciting experience. Meet the sanctuary’s falcons, hawks and eagles up close with a stunning flying display, learn about its gentle owl inhabitants or discover some of the more unusual species with the guidance of experienced handlers.

Avenham and Miller Parks

Set against a backdrop of the pretty River Ribble, the adjoining Avenham and Miller Parks offer a delightful day out in beautiful Victorian parkland. These landscaped grounds were designed by Edward Milner in the 1860s and incorporate a stunning Japanese Rock Garden with attractive water features and a variety of ornamental plants. Despite their close proximity to the centre of Preston, they offer a tranquil retreat with plenty of scenic walks through the grounds and along the riverbank.

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