Lancaster’s landmarks include a gothic revival cathedral, the Grade I listed priory and the Georgian townhouse known as the Judges Lodgings. Enjoy a stroll along the meandering towpaths or browse the quirky shops. Don’t miss the foreboding castle, a mighty fortress where you can delve into England’s dark past. One of the UK’s most significant historic monuments, this fortification has been a hotbed of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime, punishment and incarceration. Try out a medieval cell for size and view one of Europe’s most extensive collections of heraldic shields.
A day in coastal Southport where you might like to explore the landmark pier, stroll around the marine lake, relax on the sandy beach, browse the shops in refined Lord Street, visit the botanic gardens or wander along the promenade. For something a little bit different, the quirky British Lawnmower Museum promises a unique experience.