Perhaps the most recognisable Lancashire destination is the world-famous seaside town of Blackpool, with its lively pleasure beach and iconic tower. However, the county’s treasures don’t end there, the rest of the beautiful coastline boasts sandy beaches, lighthouses and seaside towns.
Blackpool, St Annes, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Morecambe are ever popular, with promenades, sandy beaches and more fish and chip shops than you could try in a month!
Inland, the countryside of Lancashire is a play area for lovers of the great outdoors. Enjoy walking, riding and cycling in the peaceful landscapes of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and, if you’re up for a challenge, climb the 577 metres to the top of Pendle Hill where you can drink in the views of the valley and forest below.
Lancashire also encompasses a section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which meanders through the countryside, past charming villages, giving visitors the opportunity to indulge in a slower pace of life.
Lancashire can also be enjoyed through its stately homes and gardens, a journey aboard a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway, and no end of fantastic family attractions, including Blackpool Tower Dungeon and Lancaster Castle.
A mention must also be made of Lancashire’s mouth-watering foodie scene. The Lancashire hot pot is an obvious choice, but other regional delicacies include Lancashire cheese, potted shrimps from Morecombe, butter pie, black pudding, Chorley cakes and a ginger cake known as Parkin.
Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire and is a great place for a day trip to wander along the canal towpaths or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the independent shops and galleries. Coincide your visit with the twice-weekly Charter Market to stock up on local produce and don’t leave without a visit to the town’s wonderful castle.
Preston is the administrative capital of Lancashire and its vibrant night life, wide range of shops, fantastic museums and scenic docks help it find its way onto many a visitor’s itinerary.