One of England’s most historic locations, the Red Rose City is a half hour drive from Kirkby Lonsdale. The River Lune links the two places.
History virtually nudges you on the shoulder as you explore Lancaster’s cobbled streets.
Its castle dates back to Roman times when it was a barrier to assaults by the Picts and Scots. Today, guided tours help visitors thrill to the tales of intrigue about those incarcerated over the centuries.
The castle served as a prison from the 17th Century until 2011. Some 200 prisoners were executed at the Castle.The last public execution was in 1865 when a man was hanged for murdering his wife.
More peacefully, head for Williamson Park with its butterfly house and views to the Fylde coast, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Or opt for Happy Mount Park with its cafe and its family-friendly attractions for young and old.
Lancaster is a small city and not difficult to get around. The Lancaster Canal runs through the town, with several canal-side pubs offering excellent food and drink.
Much of the city centre is now pedestrianised so it is easy to shop, stroll, stop, relax, sit down and just soak up the atmosphere of Lancaster.