Manchester and Day Trips Out




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A Day Trip out from Manchester

The university City of Lancaster, and ancient house
of the Plantagenet Kings of England, has a great deal to offer the tourist.
The Priory Church, the Judge’s House and Lancaster Castle are just a
few amongst Lancaster’s many museums and memorials. By car, the trip
takes about three-quarters of an hour by Motorway: exit Manchester centre
via Salford and the M602, take the M61 junction signposted “Preston”
and follow signs for Preston until joins the M6 Motorway northbound.
Continue past Blackpool and Morecambe. Lancaster is well signposted
and can be seen on approach by the white dome of the Ashton Memorial.

Lancaster and the River LuneLancaster - the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park
The City of Lancaster overlooking Morecambe
Bay and the Lake District beyond and the
Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park

Williamson Park

The Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster
Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park. Aerial
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A major attraction in the city is Williamson Park.
This is a delightfully tranquil place of more than 40 acres of beautiful
parkland and children’s play areas, for entertainment, strolling and
generally taking the opportunity for relaxation. It is dominated by
the white Ashton Memorial, whose white dome can be seen for many miles
around the Lancashire countryside and marks the city’s approach from
the M6 Motorway like a guiding beacon.
Also in Williamson Park is the Butterfly House, which houses many exotic
and tropical species which are free to fly around amidst its beautiful
trees and plants. The park also contains a Conservation Garden, wildlife
pool and the Mini Beast House. There is also a free-flying Foreign Bird
The Ashton Memorial itself is an Edwardian folly, built for the sheer
pleasure it might give, and is situated in the heart of the park. You
may also like to visit the Pavilion Tearoom and Souvenir Shop.

Lancaster Castle

Another interesting visit is Lancaster Castle,
which is one of the best preserved working castles in the country.
It was, until very recently, still used as a law court and a prison.
The castle is open to the public from Good Friday to the end of October,
from 10.00am to 4.00pm, unless there is a Court in sitting ; would-be
visitors would be advised to telephone 01524-64998 beforehand to check.
The City of Lancaster has many fine buildings and Museums open to
the public, and hosts a whole series of historically themed events.
Contact: The Marketing Officer, Lancaster Tourism, 29 Castle Hill,
Lancaster LA1 1YN. Tel: 01524-582 902. Fax: 01524 84 7472.

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