Guide To Holidaying In Lancashire
A guide by Hayley Harp
Lancashire's towns each bring their own charm and the county's industrial past is clearly evident wherever you visit. The northwest county is a place for everyone, whether it's busy towns, historic sites or unspoilt countryside you can find it here.
Most visitors fail to stray far from Blackpool, where attractions such as the tower, pleasure beach and other family amusements fill plenty of hours but there's plenty more on offer.
For seaside resorts on a slightly smaller scale, there's plenty bordering the Irish Sea. Visit the Lytham St Annes for a traditional ice cream by the beach or head to the north of the county to Morecombe and enjoy stunning views of the bay.
To escape from town-life, venture east to the Forest of Bowland, one of the county's two areas of outstanding natural beauty and in particular the breathtaking views from Pendle Hill. Similarly the West Pennine Moors can offer just as much outside enjoyment, especially if you enjoy mountain biking and rock climbing.
The county town of Lancaster is dominated by its castle, which offers visitors a history of one of Europe's longest serving operational prisons. The Lancaster City Museum is close-by and don't miss the Museum of Lancashire, in Preston, or Turton tower for more history and heritage.
Sports-wise Lancashire is one of the country's most successful counties. It's home to England cricket team member Andrew Flintoff and many well-known football teams. There are plenty of facilities available, usually found around the larger towns.
Fish and chips by the seaside is a big food must but while you're here don't forget to try some of the local delicacies such as Lancashire hotpot and Morecombe Bay potted shrimps. They can be found in many of the area's eateries, many of which will pride themselves on using only local ingredients.
If eating is more than just what we have to do to live, you might enjoy a visit to the area during Taste Lancashire and other similar the food and drink festivals. Other events which may add a little something to your stay include the Lancaster Easter Maritime Festival, any of other town's festivals (various months). Or visit when the Blackpool Illuminations are on (September and October) for a really special show, but beware, as it does get busy.
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