In the quest for day and weekend trips in and around the Lake District, I recently found myself in Lancaster, a university town easily accessible by train. This town is definitely worth a visit, as it is home to a university, a unique castle, a cathedral, brewery and memorial.
Luckily for us, when we arrived just in time for lunch, there was a large market going on a few streets just off the high street. We wandered a bit before I grabbed a falafel wrap and Lucas found some samosas. Delicious. We grabbed a few pints to warm up (and avoid the rain) before heading to Lancaster Castle . Our original plan had been to visit Lancaster Brewery, but we didn’t make reservations far enough in advance. I would still like to make it there, but the castle did not disappoint.
The castle was a fully functional prison until 2011, and continues to house a functioning court, which means you can’t take pictures in the most interesting rooms. In the 1600s, it housed some of the most infamous witch trials, and for a long time more executions were carried out here than any location besides London. We got locked in a cell used to contain “witches” below ground and saw the modern day cells and courtroom. The tour was excellent and definitely worth the 8 pounds we paid. You can wander the exterior of the castle for free, but only the tour allows you inside.
Do you have a favorite castle/historic building? This one is definitely on my short list.