September 22th, 2013 | Tags: Lancaster

Panoramic views of Lancaster

Lancaster lies on the verge of Morecombe Bay, one of Britain’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. The city is surrounded by much natural beauty including the Lune Valley in the north east and the Forest of Bowland to the south. The combination of natural beauty and architectural gems make Lancaster popular tourist destination and a great base for photographers.

The Castle, which has been a fortress since the first century AD, is one of the most popular places for people visiting Lancaster. It consists of an impressive number of historical structures from various centuries, with a hillside placement that offers breath-taking views across the town, bridge, sea, the Lune Valley and mountains.

Lancaster's Roman ancestry is evident throughout the city. As you move around the city centre, you’ll be walking through a street layout which has survived since the 12th century. The Ashton Memorial is one example of the spectacular architectural structures in Lancaster. Originally completed in 1909 as a memorial for the late wife of Lord Ashton, the restored interior is now used exhibitions and concerts and can be hired for private functions. The 150 feet tall structure dominates the Lancaster skyline and it's inspiring to behold. With views stretching over the top of Morecombe Bay, this spot is ideal for photography or artistic sketching.

Morecombe is very close to the centre of Lancaster and an interesting place to visit – offering the refurbished 1930s Art Deco Midland Hotel and the famous railways stop at Carnforth, which was used as the setting for David Lean’s film, Brief Encounter.  No matter which part of the bay you choose to explore, you're likely to see spectacular views and dreamy sunsets.

Move over to St George’s Quay and you’ll find the award-winning Maritime Museum, which celebrates Lancaster’s golden age and maritime past . There is a range of friendly pubs located in the area too, ideal for when you want to put the camera down or to simply sit down and take in the views. From here you can also take a short trip on a water bus to the Lune aqueduct..

Back in the city centre, you’ll find delights such as the City Museum which includes a recently excavated Roman cavalry tombstone. After a short walk to the east you will come across St Peter’s Cathedral which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009. The building is an impressive example of architecture; its 240-foot spire is perhaps the Cathedral's most distinguishing feature.

Stroll around until you find Church Street which is home to Judges Lodgings, the oldest town house in Lancaster. As the name would suggest, this house used to be the living quarters of the judges for several centuries, from 1776 up till 1975. It is now the home of the Childhood Museum and the location of some beautiful Gillow furniture.

After the wanderng around the city centre you may want to find a retreat to sit back and relax. Just outside of the city, to the south west, you can find Williamson Park situated in an idyllic location, overlooking the city. The park has tranquil walks, an animal garden, a butterfly house and the Ashton Memorial mentioned previously. There is free entrance to the park grounds but there is a small charge for going to the viewing gallery of the Ashton memorial.

Also out of the city is the Lune Valley, with its warm stone villages and stunning scenery. Lune Valley is noted to be a great place for fishermen, cyclists and ramblers who appreciate good views.

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