Whether you seek urban excitement or rural tranquillity, modern culture, or ancient heritage, the City of Lancaster provides a unique blend of choices for visitors and residents alike.

Despite offering the amenities and transport links of a larger city, Lancaster maintains a sense of community and warmth, with roots dating back to ancient civilizations. Today, the cityscape is defined by landmarks such as the 12th-century Lancaster Castle and charming cobbled streets lined with 18th-century architecture.

Directions to Lancaster University

The campus is a community nestled within 560 acres of parkland, complete with shops, a post office, a sports centre with pool and sauna facilities, a pharmacy, a hair salon, plenty of food and drink outlets, and many more amenities to make your visit pleasant. The main University postcode is LA1 4YW. The postcode for Forrest Hills is LA2 0PL.

Directions to Lancaster University


Lancaster train station is a five-minute walk from the city centre.

There are direct rail links between Lancaster and many of the UK's major cities and airports. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries.

The 4 and 4X bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station (Platform 3 exit) and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes. On Saturdays and during University vacation periods the 4 / 4X services operate hourly. There is also a limited service on Sunday evenings in term time (4X) to meet popular trains from the south. The journey time is around 25 minutes. Taxis are also available at the station.

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Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster.

After Galgate village, three junctions with traffic lights on the A6 serve the University.

For South West Campus (Alexandra Park) - turn right at the first traffic lights into Hazelrigg Lane and then left at the roundabout into Alexandra Park Drive.

For North and South Campus, turn right at the second traffic lights into the University main drive. You can use the Parking Zone Map to identify the most convenient visitor car park for your destination.

For South East Campus (Forrest Hills) - follow the directions to South West Campus but go straight ahead at the roundabout and follow the signs.

For Health Innovation One – turn right at the third traffic lights into Sir John Fisher Drive. It takes around 20 minutes to walk the length of the campus and there are frequent buses with a 50p single fare within the campus.

You can use either the RAC or AA route planners to view and print directions for your journey.

If using an online route planner or satnav, the main University postcode is LA1 4YW. For the Health Innovation Campus use Sir John Fisher Drive, Health Innovation Campus. For Forrest Hills use LA2 0PL.

If you are travelling to campus in a plug-in electric vehicle, electric charging is available. Information on charging points.

Visitor Car Parking

Visitor car parking is available on campus 24/7 and is free between 6.00pm and 8.00am Mon to Fri after 6pm and at weekends. If you’re visiting campus during the day, then parking charges apply.

A ticket can be purchased using RingGo Cashless Parking Solutions and from any pay and display machine across campus at the cost of £2.20 for two hours or £5.50 for up to 10 hours (£3.30 on South West Campus and the Sports Field Car Park). All payments are made using the RingGo app, web-based services or by phone, and machine payments are contactless by either chip and pin or contactless card payment.

Wheelchair-accessible spaces are marked across all car parking areas on campus. Blue Badge holders are welcome to park without charge. Blue Badge holders visiting the Health Innovation Campus by car must register their Blue Badge with University Security by contacting 01524 594541.

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Navigate Lancaster University

Use our digital interactive map to navigate Lancaster University campus and buildings.