Lancashire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
2:00 AM 2nd July 2022

Lancaster – A City Of Surprises

Visitor Centre - photo Robin Zahler
Visitor Centre - photo Robin Zahler
A guide to some of Lancaster’s quirkier attractions is now online at the city council’s tourism website.

The council’s Love YOUR Lancaster campaign aims to encourage people who have lived in the district for years or are new to the area, to discover or re-discover a city full of fascinating, and sometimes hidden, gems.

Lancashire's  Lune Aqueduct
Lancashire's Lune Aqueduct
As well as being a useful tool for tourists, the Visit Lancaster website is also a good resource for residents keen to explore places of interest on their doorstep.

Outdoor attractions include The Storey Gardens, often described as the city’s best ‘secret’ gardens; Aldcliffe Triangle community garden and art space, and the Fauna nature reserve at Fairfield.

Lancashire Constabulary Museum
Lancashire Constabulary Museum
And among the more unusual sights indoors are the rare sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert together in the gallery at The Storey and the bath where notorious Lancaster murderer, Buck Ruxton dismembered his victims which is on display in the newly opened Lancashire Police Museum at Lancaster Castle.

The guide also points out the stories behind Bashful Alley and Sir Simon’s Arcade as well as highlighting some of Lancaster’s most historic pubs.

To see the guide, go to and for information on all of the above and more, the staff at Lancaster Visitor Information Centre are happy to help. The VIC is in The Storey and open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Alternatively,call 01524 582394, email or see