Lancaster is the county town of historic Lancashire. While it’s steeped in history, this beautiful place also boasts plenty of opportunities for the future. Lancaster is situated on the River Lune and has a population of more than 45,000. With its history based on its port and canal, Lancaster is an ancient settlement, dominated by Lancaster Castle, Lancaster Priory Church and the Ashton Memorial. It is also home to the campus-based Lancaster University and a campus of the University of Cumbria.


If you love exploring the countryside, delving into history, seeing great entertainment or relaxing with your family, Lancaster and the surrounding areas have everything for you. Lancashire is packed with art galleries, museums, theatres, stately homes and outdoor activities.

Shopping destinations in the city include Market Gate Shopping Centre, St Nicholas Arcades, national retailers, and independent shops. Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days, where you can buy local produce, handmade jewellery and clothes. Or give in to the enticing aromas of the variety of food stalls. Being part of a university city, there’s a wide variety of restaurants and bars available too, including traditional Irish pubs, European cuisine, breweries, and wine bars.

Children & Families

Schools are a big factor in a move if you have little ones.  Lancaster has a number of excellent primary and secondary schools, including two grammar schools. If you have older children, Lancaster University is consistently the highest-ranked university in the North West according to newspaper league tables.

Lancaster is also home to a University of Cumbria campus, which provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the arts, social sciences, business, teacher training, healthcare, and nursing.

Kids and students alike will love living in Lancaster.  There is so much to see and do in this historic town; the annual ‘Play in the Park’ is certainly not to be missed!


You’re never far from anywhere in Lancaster. The M6 is close by, and the A6 passes through the city with links to Preston, Chorley, Manchester, Carnforth, Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle.

Lancaster railway station benefits from direct services to and from London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and Barrow-in-Furness – as well as a local service to Morecambe.

There are over 30 bus services from Lancaster bus station. You can easily get to Lancaster and Morecambe. But there are also frequent services to Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, and throughout the North West.

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