Things to do on campus, in Lancaster and the surrounding area

The Conference will take place on our 560-acre parkland campus with views across beautiful countryside, and is only a short journey from the Lake District National Park, and the Arnside and Silverdale, and Forest of Bowland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Delegates will also be able to take a walk through the campus’ 150-year old woodland on our Woodland Walk, visit the Peter Scott Gallery showcasing contemporary art, and perhaps take in a show from the Lancaster Arts at Lancaster programme. In the City of Lancaster itself, delegates can take a tour round Lancaster Castle, visit the Ashton Memorial, a Victorian folly set in the picturesque Williamson Park, or eat and drink at the many great pubs, restaurants and cafes that Lancaster has to offer.

On campus activities

There are a number of activities that you can enjoy on our campus. For more information please see the Outdoor Facilities pages.

On campus food and drink

There are lots of places to eat and drink on campus. For more information please see the Food and Drink on Campus pages.

Lancaster Castle


Please meet at the Castle shortly before your tour is due to begin. A student ambassador will be waiting for you there.

The tour will be available on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 10.30 am or Thursday 7th April at 2.30pm. The tour will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Castle is located in the City Centre, near to the Train Station. Travel to the Castle is not included in the price.

PRICE: £6.50 per person (flat rate for children and adults)

Book via the Online Store Additional Options page.

Further information about Lancaster Castle is available on the Castle's website.

Lancaster Castle, often known as John O' Gaunt's Castle is one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country. Its beginnings date back to Roman times when, from its commanding position on the hill overlooking the town of Lancaster and the River Lune, it stood as a bastion against the marauding forces of the ancient Picts and Scots tribes. Owned by The Duchy of Lancaster (Her Majesty the Queen is the Duke of Lancaster), the castle has witnessed scenes of significant historical, cultural and political impact throughout the centuries. These include incidents of religious persecution, the trials of the 'Lancashire Witches' and 200 executions for everything from murder to stealing cattle.

Until 2011 it was a fully functioning HM Prison and today it is a magnificent 'living' monument, offering a glimpse into England's often dark past. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and, if not in session, will give access to the Crown Court along with the dungeons, cells and a five-tiered panopticon.

The castle is within five minutes walking distance of the train station and includes a small café on site.

Williamson Park and Ashton Memorial

Williamson Park in Lancaster has 54 acres of beautiful parkland with breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. The park features the Ashton Memorial and the Pavilion Cafe.

Entry to the park grounds is free.

Public transport is available to the park, however the park can also be reached on foot, please see the location information for the Park.

For more information please see Williamson Park.

Recommended Pubs and Restaurants in Lancaster

Below a range of pubs and restaurants offering a range of excellent food and drink.

Blue Moon

The Borough

The Foodworks at Lancaster House Hotel

Greaves Park


Lancaster Brewery

Penny Street Bridge (opening again soon as The Toll House Inn)

Quite Simply French

Siam Balcony

The Sultan of Lancaster

The Sun Hotel

The Tap House

The Water Witch

The Whale Tale