A big welcome to a small city

Welcome to the history city of Lancaster

As well as playing host to the annual Lancaster Jazz Festival, Lancaster is a city that is full of delights and surprises for all visitors.

There are plenty of interesting independent shops to browse through, and an amazing array of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars to suit every taste and budget.

A city of music

Music is a big part of life in Lancaster, and as well as the Lancaster Jazz Festival, there are many other music and dance events throughout the year, from small open mic nights to big concerts.

Lancaster and the slave trade

As you walk around Lancaster you cannot escape the legacy of the Transatlantic slave trade in the fourth largest slave port in Britain, and we would encourage every visitor to learn more about this period of history.

Among groups working to help make Black British history more visible in order to fight racism is Lancaster Black History Group who run a city-wide project and a facebook page:


During your visit to Lancaster, you can also visit the Lancaster Maritime Museum for the Memorial to Zong exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid

We encourage you to learn more about the history of the slave trade in Lancaster by downloading and going on this self guided walking tour, devised by one of our Trustees, Professor Alan Rice from the University of Central Lancashire. You can also book a place on the tour with Alan.

Getting here

You can get to Lancaster by train, national coach or bus. If you are driving there is a park and ride facility, as well as car parking in the city.

Getting around

You can get around Lancaster on foot or by bicycle as the city centre is quite small. There are also taxi ranks at the train station and the bus station.



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