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If you haven’t had the chance to visit Lancaster County yet, I couldn’t fault you for thinking that the only things to do in Lancaster, PA involve the Amish. For decades, the plain community and their traditional ways have put this agricultural region of Pennsylvania on the map.

While thousands of tourists continue to flock to Lancaster to learn more about the Amish community , visitors are starting to take notice of the growing arts, culinary, cultural, and downtown scenes in this small but rich region.

Agricultural excellence has created an abundance of farm fresh ingredients for local restaurants and cafes to choose from. The celebration of unique and fine arts has led to an explosion of downtown galleries and theaters in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster’s historical significance makes for beautiful agriculture and various museums.

As Amish farms border Lancaster hotels, a drive through this diverse region will reveal the many things to see, taste, and explore in Lancaster City and beyond. In fact, one of the best ways to experience Amish Country is to drive down some back roads, explore the beautiful farmland, and pass an Amish buggy or two.

Then, head into the more urban areas for surprisingly authentic ethnic food, high-class arts, and other unique cultural attractions.

If you’re considering a trip to Amish County, check out our guide to Lancaster, PA to determine what to do in and around the city that will allow you to truly experience all this region has to offer. Below you will find our tips for eating, sleeping, and other things to do in Lancaster, PA. Scroll to see all of our suggestions or click the links below to jump to an area of the page.

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Wheatland Just outside the Lancaster City limits sits Wheatland, the stately home of James Buchanan that has largely been preserved since the former president and Pennsylvania native resided there.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania With over 100 pieces from 18 different Pennsylvania railroad companies, this Strasburg museum’s restored displays make for an exquisite and educational reflection of train travel.

Covered Bridges  As the home to 29 covered bridges, you can explore Lancaster County by traveling from the northeastern bridges , to the northwestern bridges , to the southwestern bridges .

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum This top-notch but unassuming museum showcases American military history and how it has evolved over the years in a unique way through edged weaponry.

National Watch and Clock Museum The largest watch and clock museum in North America boasts an impressive collection of historical timepieces, many of which were made in and around Lancaster County.

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Gain a new appreciation for pretzel making, become an official pretzel twister, and enjoy a fresh hot pretzel at this old-fashioned bakery.

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Demuth Museum Renowned modernist painter Charles Demuth’s Lancaster City birth home now serves as a nationally respected museum that celebrates the legacy of the influential Demuth family.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Be transported into a world of 16th-century noblemen and Renaissance-era minstrels through spirited performances which can entertain visitors of all ages.

Gallery Row Downtown Lancaster’s growing art scene celebrates the unique talents of local artists and brings world-class fine art to the agricultural region.

Sight and Sound Experience Broadway-quality productions as this local stage brings the Bible to life with live animals, flying angels, and other breathtaking effects.

Ephrata Cloister One of colonial America’s most unusual religious societies offers a glimpse into early Pennsylvania and a reminder not to take our religious freedoms for granted.

Amish Village Learn more about the unique Amish community in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country with back-road bus tours and an authentic farmhouse.

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White Cliffs of Conoy Large white mountains, the byproduct of a once-local limestone quarry, now make for a unique and easily accessible sight along the Susquehanna River.

Tucquan Glen The naturally interesting and customizable trails make this nature preserve one of the most popular destinations in the county for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Pinnacl e This overlook is located only a short walk from a parking area and provides commanding views of the Susquehanna River.

Wolf Sanctuary of PA Get up close and personal with multiple wolf packs while gaining an amazing amount of information about these powerful animals.

Chickies Rock This overlook is only a short walk from the parking area and offers impressive views of the Susquehanna River, as well as several neighboring counties. Mill Creek Falls Just across the Susquehanna River in York County lies an impressive 20-foot waterfall, along with much history and adventure in the surrounding area.

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Roburritos  For burritos that are as large as they are delicious and for an array of flavorful hot sauces, grab a seat at this unique eatery.

La Cocina Restaurant  This Dominican restaurant brings authentic Latin American cuisine to downtown Lancaster with passion, affordability, and a ready smile.

Silantra  Experience the freshness of Lancaster’s produce through an Asian flare with scallion pancake wraps, rice bowls, and as many toppings as you desire.

Issei Noodle From ramen to pho to tofu to spring rolls, get a taste of the flavors around the Asian-Pacific rim in the middle of Amish County.

Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie  With sweet and savory options, like Fresh Berry Cheesecake and Thai Chicken, this cafe gives French cuisine a tasty American twist.

Souvlaki Boys  The Boys from Greece serve classic street food like gyros, spanakopita, tzatziki, and baklava with fresh ingredients prepared from scratch.

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Himalayan Curry and Grill This Nepalese restaurant is well known around Lancaster and is always packed with patrons thanks to its traditional cuisine and passionate owners.

Old San Juan Inspired by the Puerto Rican city with the same name, this Latin American restaurant presents classic cuisine such as guacamole, bistec, and tres leches cake in an elegant fashion.

Pressroom  From mainstay salads and pizzas to inventive fries and burgers, this restaurant and bar can appeal to a variety of tastes.

Horse Inn  Ever since 1920, this restaurant’s dedication to its craft and to Lancaster County come through in its modern take on retro charm.

Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen  The flavors of Trinidad come to Lancaster through creative fusions of fruits, spices, and meats at this new downtown eatery.

Cork & Cap Restaurant Enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch comfort food with a contemporary twist through fresh soups, salads, seafood, and other meats in the historic Cork Factory Hotel.

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The Belvedere Inn  Dig into seasonal lunch, dinner, and dessert dishes at an elegant dining atmosphere in the midst of Lancaster’s artistic Gallery Row.

Luca  Experience the culinary traditions and charm of Italy with thoughtfully crafted pizza, pasta, and other classic Italian dishes at this wood-burning Italian kitchen.

Ma(i)son This self-described urban cookery’s simple menu of local meats and produce reflects its respectful approach to Lancaster County’s best ingredients.

Carr’s Restaurant  With plates such as applewood bacon BLTs, wild mushroom ravioli, and lamb meatballs, this Lancaster-based culinary destination infuses elegance into all its menu offerings.

John J. Jeffries  By prioritizing local, organic products, this restaurant features farm fresh plates based on the season in the Lancaster Arts Hotel’s fine dining environment.

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Lancaster Sweet Shoppe The locally crafted chocolate from Groff’s Candies, ice cream from Pine View Dairy, and stroopies made on site at this dessert destination can satisfy any sweet tooth.

Penny’s Ice Cream  Catch the pastel-colored ice cream truck or stop by the downtown storefront for a taste of what this family owned and operated ice cream shop has to offer.

La Dolce Vita Courthouse Bakery  Step into another world and the appetizing aromas at this Italian-style bakery featuring freshly crafted cakes, breads, sandwiches, and espresso.

Lancaster Cupcake  After earning second place in the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, this quickly expanding bakery produces specialty cupcakes to reflect the season and local ingredients.

Beiler’s Donuts  No matter if you’re craving Boston creme pie, apple fritters, to maple bacon, this bakery has you covered with both classic and unique donut flavors.

Rolled Cold Creamery  This creamery brings the rolled ice cream trend to Pennsylvania Dutch Country with delicious flavors crafted through a meticulous process. Maplehofe Dairy  At this small town dairy which doubles as an ice cream destination, the ice cream is delicious, but the impressive serving sizes are even better.

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Passenger Coffee  This minimalistic cafe space is the humble storefront of a people and planet-focused specialty coffee company that supplies coffee along the east coast.

Cafe One Eight White brick and wood details complement substantial cafe fare and diverse beverage options for an aesthetic and delicious cafe experience.

Mean Cup With a variety of hot and cold coffee and tea offerings, this industrial cafe knows its strengths and strives to perfect them in a high-energy environment.

Speckled Hen Coffee This spacious cafe space in Strasburg features an array of delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to pair well with its specialty beverages.

Cafe di Vetro  Second-story loft seating, plush couches, hearty food options, and Italian-style beverages make this coffee shop one of the many unique cafes in Lancaster City.

The Daily Grind Quarryville This Quarryville cafe takes local to a whole new level with flowers from neighboring Amish farms, milk from the small town dairy, and homemade baked goods.

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Wacker Brewing Company  Since the company opened in 2014 under the same name as one of Lancaster’s historic breweries, the destination has offered good beer, tasty food, and an inviting taproom.

Lancaster Brewing Company This Lancaster-based brewing company strives to represent the county’s quality ingredients, artisan craftsmanship, and skillful creativity in its food and drinks.

Spring House Brewing  By approaching its product as more of an art than a science, this brewery fits right into the burgeoning beer scene in downtown Lancaster.

Nissley Vineyard Located on 300 acres of rich Lancaster County soil, this vineyard and winery produces 30 wines that range from dry to very sweet.

Waltz Vineyard This six-generation family farm still hand picks its carefully grown grapes and takes advantage of local contractors to maintain its modern winemaking technology. Thistle Finch Distillery  Take a step back in time and learn more about the process of distilling with a drink in hand at this rustic yet elegant destination in downtown Lancaster.

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Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square $$$ This elegant hotel helps sits in the very center of Lancaster City and is a historic destination even for those who are not spending the night.

Lancaster Arts Hotel $$$ This tobacco warehouse turned hotel features original works of art from local creators and a farm-fresh dining experience at its on-site restaurant, John J. Jeffries.

Cork Factory Hotel  $$ The brick walls and wood ceilings of historic cork and glass companies have been preserved for this renovated hotel, event venue, and restaurant.

Fulton Steamboat Inn  $$ Stay aboard a steamboat without ever leaving land at this unique Lancaster hotel, which is also a short drive away from rural and historic Strasburg.

Tru by Hilton Lancaster East  $$ This new establishment reimagines hotels in Lancaster, PA with bright colors and innovative accommodations in the hopes of creating a young and energetic, yet relaxing and comfortable experience.

Quality Inn  $ Located among various Lancaster attractions and famous Lancaster, PA outlets, this hotel’s direct highway accessibility allows for easy travel in any direction.

You can also check out places to stay in Lancaster on AirBnB.

Itineraries

Guide to Lancaster, PA: Itineraries

Lancaster Without the Amish Use this two-day itinerary to explore the best of Lancaster County’s arts, culture, and food. There’s a lot more to the city and county than just the Amish.

Visiting the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia One of the biggest cities on the east coast is only about a 1.5 hour drive away from Lancaster County. As one of the primary settings for the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia contains amazing history, such as Christ Church ,  Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell , alongside modern attractions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the  Philadelphia Zoo .

Gettysburg A little over an hour to the west of Lancaster lies another location steeped in American history. In a town best known for the Gettysburg Battlefield , sites such as the Seminary Ridge Museum and Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War provide background on the war and that time period. But the town also contains other great historical sites such as the Gettysburg Dime Museum and a delicious food tour .

Hershey In just over a half hour, you can arrive at one of the sweetest places on earth. Hershey’s Chocolate World and Hersheypark  offer tasty treats and exhilarating rides, while sites such as Hershey Gardens , Cocoa Kayaks , and Troegs Brewery can give you an alternative taste of Chocolate Town USA. The nearby capital of Harrisburg also contains many things to see and do.

Kennett Square The beautiful Longwood Gardens is worth the hour-long trip to Kennett Square in and of itself. But the mushroom capital of the world and the surrounding Chester County also offer the surprisingly interesting Antique Ice Tool Museum , unique  Nottingham Serpentine Barrens , and educational  American Helicopter Museum .

Reading The hustle and bustle of the fifth largest city in Pennsylvania is less than an hour away from Lancaster County. Reading contains a little bit of everything for just about everyone, with aviation history at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum , delicious food and brews at Chatty Monks Brewing , the Japanese-style Reading Pagoda , and the unexpectedly artful Reading Public Museum .

York Just across the Susquehanna River sits York, a county with a rich agricultural and manufacturing past. Learn about the production of everything from motorcycles at the Harley Davidson Factory and soaps at the  Sunrise Soap Company , to violins at Bluett Bros. Violins  and  snack foods.

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One good way to begin your visit to Lancaster County and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is to stop by a local visitor center.  Here you can pick up free maps and visitor guides, local brochures, and other tourism publications to help you learn about attractions and things to do throughout the Lancaster area.  You’ll also be able to find information on local restaurants as well as Lancaster accommodations (in case you haven’t already booked a place to stay). Friendly staff members are always willing to answer questions and show you where you are on a map and how to get to the next destination on your itinerary. They’ll also have information on Lancaster events , festivals, and any other items that may be of interest to you. Our Lancaster visitor centers are here for you. Take advantage of these resource centers and personnel while you are in town. They are here to help you better enjoy your visit.

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Discover Lancaster's Heritage Attractions

Stroll through Lancaster and you’ll find history on every corner. Unlock history within the castle prison walls or admire Georgian Splendour in its fine buildings. Want to take in the views? Then head up to Williamson’s Park and enjoy the views from the Ashton Memorial, one of the North’s great follies.  Lancaster really is one of England’s Heritage Cities with a big story to tell.

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Lancaster City Museum

Discover more about Lancaster's past from the Romans to the present day and trace the pedigree of Lancaster's regiment from 1680 onwards at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

Judges' Lodgings Museum

Judges' Lodgings Museum

The Judges' Lodgings dates back nearly 400 years on a site that has been at the centre of Lancaster's history for nearly 2000 years

Peter Scott Gallery

Peter Scott Gallery

Lancaster’s Peter Scott Gallery presents a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and associated talks. The gallery art collection includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by…

Lancaster Town Hall

Lancaster Town Hall

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Based in Dalton Square, Lancaster Town Hall was officially opened on the 27th December 1909, by Lord Ashton.

Lancaster Maritime Museum

Lancaster Maritime Museum

Lancaster Maritime Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings dating from the second half of the 18th Century. Discover the history of the merchants and learn about Lancaster’s exciting trade industry.

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Pendle Witch Trail, Lancaster to Pendle

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A self guided driving tour between Lancaster and Pendle, visiting places of significance in the 1612 Pendle Witch Trials.

The Storey Gallery

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The Storey Institute has been remodelled as a newly designed centre for the creative industries, Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years, it features art gallery, auditorium and guest exhibitions.

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

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Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.

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England's Historic Cities - Lancaster Castle app

Experience Lancaster Castles chilling cells and hollow corridors with this immersive app exploring augmented reality unveiling hidden facts and stories that helped shape England's intricate heritage.

Lancashire Police Museum

Lancashire Police Museum

Take a trip through time and learn about some of the pivotal moments across Lancashire Constabulary’s history. 

The Cottage Museum, Lancaster

The Cottage Museum, Lancaster

Step back in time to Lancaster in the 1800s!. Spread over five tiny floors, make yourself at home in this simply furnished house.

Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House

Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House

Municipal Park

Highly commended as ‘Best Small Visitor Attraction 2008` Williamson's Park features 54 acres of parkland, a butterfly house, cafe, walks & play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District.

A dozen performers walk through the streets of Lancaster city.  Image credit Eliza Brown

Lancaster Arts

Where ideas, creativity and people connect. ​​​​​​The strapline underlines the commitment to exceptional art that connects people and ideas.  Lancaster Arts is based at Lancaster University in the north west of England and encompasses the Nuffield…

Lune Aqueduct

Lune Aqueduct

Lancaster Lune Aqueduct was designed by John Rennie and carries the 20 foot wide canal over the Lune. The aqueduct was restored in 2011-2012, and can now be enjoyed on foot or by canal boat.

Poetry Bookcase

A literature development agency that organise Lancashire's annual literature festival. Established in 1978.

Fellsman Steam Trains

Fellsman Steam Trains

Steam Railway

The popular steam hauled ‘Fellsman’ returns to the spectacular Settle to Carlisle railway in 2015 for its seventh summer season, running on Wednesday’s over the roof of England.

Roman Bath House and Wery Wall Remains

Roman Bath House and Wery Wall Remains

The Wery Wall is an interesting surviving fragment of Roman walling on the east slope of Castle Hill and represents a section of a bastion of the last Roman fort on the site. Adjacent to the wall are the excavated remains of a small Roman bathhouse.

The Storey Gallery

The Gallery at the Storey

The Gallery at the Storey hosts an exciting exhibitions programme featuring a range of high quality contemporary art and artists. Located in The Storey Creative Industries Centre.

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Britain's 3rd oldest theatre from 1782, in centre of Lancaster, offering a range of professional and amateur entertainment.

Lancaster Priory & Parish Church

Lancaster Priory & Parish Church

Abbey / Priory

The 15th Century Priory and Parish Church of Lancaster standing by the Castle on the hill, is built on the site of a priory, which was founded in 1094. The FIG Tree @ The Priory cafe sells a range of snacks and use Fair Trade ingredients where…

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When planning your trip to Lancaster, make sure you include some time to stop by the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center to learn about all the services Lancaster County has to offer.

Having visited visitor centers all over America, we finally visited our local center and found friendly and helpful staff, a modern and spacious building which included an art gallery showcasing the works of local artists. The Discover Lancaster is an attraction in itself. Make this your first stop!

Our Visitors Center is open Mondays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm.

The Discover Lancaster is proud to present a new short film showing in our Visitors Center Theater. A Patchwork of Neighbors , depicts the essence of Lancaster County through personal stories told by locals. We even have exclusive voice over from an Amish person! This engaging film is the perfect way to understand the patchwork that makes up our dynamic destination. The film plays on a continuous loop during normal Visitors Center hours. While you're here, pick up attractions, dining, lodging, and shopping brochures, and gather plenty of information about other properties, services, and special events. Our friendly travel consultants are a valuable service in and of themselves, offering expert advice and suggesting restaurants, finding last-minute lodging or finding those special out-of-the-way places.

In addition, see the incredible craftsmanship of an authentic, operating Grandfather Clock. This cherry and mahogany tall case clock was made around 1810 by one of Lancaster’s most prominent clockmakers, Jonh Eberman Jr. In addition to building traditional domestic clocks, Eberman also made massive public clocks. His most impressive one kept time for a century in the façade of the Lancaster County Court house and now almost 250 years old is still ticking away in the lobby of the National Watch & Clock Museum.

We're conveniently located just off Route 30 at the Greenfield Road exit. You can also call us toll free at 1-800-PA-Dutch (1-800-723-8824) or 717-299-8901 (local).

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  • Braille information packets are available in person & by mail upon request
  • Pathway from entrance to the information desk is accessible
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  • There are sofas, chairs, and benches available throughout the Visitors Center
  • The Visitors Center is generally a quiet environment
  • There are several screens displaying different videos and pictures of things to do around the County
  • There are both men's and women's accessible restroom stalls
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Visitors can pick up Amish-related information in the following languages:

  • Chinese/Mandarin

The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. To ensure all are comfortable and safe in our Visitors Center, we have the following safety protocols.

  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance and the Information desk.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Visitors Center.
  • Plexiglass barriers are available for interactions at the information desk and gift shop counter if so desired.

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Animal Experiences

Animal Experiences

It’s no secret that our district has some stunning wildlife, from kingfishers on the ... Read More

Local Events Calendar

Local Events Calendar

Browse our events calendar for comprehensive listings across the district Read More

Alice in Wonderland - the Dukes Play in the Park

Alice in Wonderland - the Dukes Play in the Park

The Dukes is so excited to announce Alice In Wonderland ... Read More

Lancaster Festa Italia

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Walking

Explore the city on foot with our free walking trails and guides. Read More

Walks with Stories

Walks with Stories

Explore our city with this unique series of walks with ... Read More

All things to see and do in Lancaster

All things to see and do in Lancaster

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Bier and Twist

Bier and Twist

    Social Dining with a German Twist The journey of Bier & Twist is ... Read More

Find vegetarian or vegan friendly places in Lancaster

Find vegetarian or vegan friendly places in Lancaster

Taking part in #Veganuary ? Lancaster has lots of veggie and ... Read More

Best places for Sunday Roast in Lancaster

Best places for Sunday Roast in Lancaster

We love Sundays in Lancaster! And that’s mainly because ... Read More

  • Babar Elephant
  • Silk Mill Café Galgate
  • Vincenzos Coffee House
  • White Cross
  • Full House Noodle Bar
  • Generation Bar / Nightclub
  • Spaghetti House
  • The Water Witch
  • The Herbarium
  • The Highwayman
  • Fortune Star
  • Golden Dragon

Short Breaks Ideas

Short Breaks Ideas

See our short break ideas for families and couples for the perfect city getaway. Read More

Holiday with history in Lancaster

Holiday with history in Lancaster

Welcome to Lancaster, one of England’s historic cities. History ... Read More

Quite Simply French Boutique Bedrooms

Quite Simply French Boutique Bedrooms

FINE FRENCH RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS We’re a foodie’s ... Read More

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Clothes, gifts, fresh food and takeaways - buy local online! Read More

Lancaster Charter Market

Lancaster Charter Market

Lancaster’s bustling Charter Market can be found in Lancaster’... Read More

Shopping in Lancaster

Shopping in Lancaster

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  • Lancaster Wine Company
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  • Dalton Square Florist
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  • Atkinson's Coffee Roasters
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Lancaster Visitor Information Centre

Lancaster Visitor Information Centre

Whilst UKSPF funding has been secured in order to increase digital tourism information, the council ... Read More

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides

Download free walking guides and maps to Lancaster. Read More

Getting here

Getting here

How to travel to Lancaster by road, rail, bus, air ... Read More

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You want to make sure your visit to Lancaster is as enjoyable and memorable as possible don’t you? Here’s some information to help with your planning to help you get the most out of your trip.

Download free walking guides and maps to Lancaster.

How to travel to Lancaster by road, rail, bus, air and bicycle.

One of England’s most vibrant historic cities where culture and heritage captivate and inspire visitors. It is a city where the past sits comfortably with the present. For miles and miles around, rolling countryside is dotted with sleepy villages, pretty ports and quiet bays.

Browse our events calendar for comprehensive listings across the district

A flavour of Italy comes once again to Lancaster with Festa Italia. The beautiful historic ...

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    Castle / Fort. Lancaster. Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating. 2698 reviews.

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    The Discover Lancaster is an attraction in itself. Make this your first stop! Our Visitors Center is open Mondays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm. The Discover Lancaster is proud to present a new short film showing in our Visitors Center Theater. A Patchwork of Neighbors, depicts the essence of Lancaster County through personal stories told by locals.

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