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Staying in and around Lancaster - From Boutique Urban Inns to Rural Cottage Retreats

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Lancaster and the surrounding countryside offers a wide range of accommodations. Holidaymakers can stay right in the city centre at a historic pubs or enjoy a romantic getaways in a village B&B. Family-run inns and country farmhouses are great sources of local hospitality and insider knowledge. You'll also find a good mix of reliable chain hotels, small-scale boutique establishments, and cozy guest houses to suit every budget.

Lancaster city centre


Hotels and guesthouses in Lancaster’s small, easily navigable city centre are never more than a 15-minute walk from the main sights. If you’re arriving by public transport, you can stroll directly from the train or bus station, though the city's hilly layout may mean a climb or two. Most of Lancaster's museums are clustered between Castle Hill and Market Square, with plentiful bars, restaurants, and shops scattered nearby. The pubs and attractions by the River Lune and Lancaster Canal are also a short walk away.


Lancaster city centre offers you accommodation in boutique retreats, reliable chain hotels, and renovated Georgian townhouses. There are plenty of budget options too, from simple rooms in local pubs to family-run guesthouses and quirky smaller hotels. It’s worth investigating the city's long-standing inns, as several have been refurbished with stylish modern interiors. Parking can be a little tight because of the centuries-old street layout.


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Outlying villages


If you’re a keen hiker, a room at an inn around the Forest of Bowland and the magical Lune Valley gives you direct access to the heart of rambling country. Even tiny villages generally have a grocery store and a pub or 2, where you can get decent home-cooked meals and a fireside perch. Lancaster is close by if you fancy a night out in the pubs or day at the museums, and the local bus network is pretty comprehensive.


There are some appealing lodgings in nearby Lancashire villages, most of which are independently owned and designed for maximum cosiness. You'll find coaching inns on pretty riversides, luxury B&Bs in stone farmhouses, and comfortable wood cabins in the hills. There are also a few hostels dotted around, an affordable and sociable option if you're travelling solo or on a tight budget.


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Morecambe Bay


Morecambe Bay is ideal for families who want ready access to the sandy beach, thrill-seekers looking for adventure sports, and admirers of spectacular lakeland views and sunsets. The Silverdale area is especially scenic, with its easy walks and bike rides, Leighton Moss bird reserve, and the sweet parade of Victorian shops at Arnside. To the south, the town of Morecambe is a great spot for live music and friendly local pubs. The train between Morecambe and Lancaster takes only 10 minutes, so it’s easy to make day trips from a base on the bay.


In Morecambe town you'll find classic British B&Bs along the seafront, as well as small hotels= and traditional guesthouses. In each you’ll get a simple room, a cooked breakfast, and a friendly welcome. The Arnside and Silverdale area has a couple of quaint old hotels and cottages, while in and around Carnforth you can stay in atmospheric, historic inns and well-preserved Victorian hotels.


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