Lancaster & The City

Lancaster is an ancient settlement on the banks of the River Lune and a long standing commercial, cultural and educational centre. It is also the settlement that gives Lancashire its name and it is a city that has several unique ties to the British monarchy. The House of Lancaster was, of course, a branch of the English royal family, whilst the Duchy of Lancaster is one of the two royal duchies in England (the other being the Duchy of Cornwall) and is held in trust to provide income for the use of the Monarch.

According to the Complete University Guide, Lancaster is ranked in the top three safest cities in the UK with some of the lowest crime rates in England and Wales. It is a quirky university city, alive with vibrant art, music and theatre but also a city with a rich industrial and cultural history. Lancaster is an ancient settlement, dominated by its Castle where the famous Pendle Witches were hanged and one that boasts more than its fair share of historical buildings such as the Priory Church of St. Mary, Saint Peter's Cathedral and the iconic Ashton Memorial, sitting within the beautiful 54-acre Williamson Park. Small and welcoming, Lancaster offers something for everyone. The pedestrianised city centre is brimming with individual boutique shops, caf├ęs and restaurants alongside the usual high street names and Lancaster's nightlife buzzes with live music, contemporary theatre and film, and delicious food and drink.

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