I currently attend Lancaster University and I am in my first year studying English language and linguistics. During this year I have been able to spend the time exploring Lancaster and it’s surrounding areas.
Lancaster university itself is a beautiful campus, with ponds and ducks galore and a lovely woodland trail to follow through the trees whether you’re going for a walk to clear your head, go for a run or just enjoy the (rare) lovely weather and wildlife (there’s plenty of squirrels on campus!). On campus we have different food areas such as Sultans, GoBurrito, WokInn, Ketchup, costa, Greggs and Wibbly Wobbly burger bar – so there’s something for everyone!
There are also 9 bars on campus for each college and my favourite bar is Grizedale because they do 2 for 1 cocktails! We also have a huge sports centre that the public can use and we even have a tree in our library!
Williamson Park is located in Lancaster City which is a large piece of greenery full of little trails, a cafe, an animal centre and huge architecture you can climb and have amazing views. There is also a large pond full of ducks!
The canal walks are also amazing to get some fresh air, see the sites and wildlife! I’ve inserted some photos at the end of this post to show you how lovely it looks!
There are plenty of yummy places to eat in and around Lancaster. Below I have listed some of my personal favourites that you some visit if you come by Lancaster!
1. The Plough
This is situated in a small village called Galgate just off the M6 and a short walk from Lonsdale college at the university. It is a cosy pub that lets you get 15% with a student card and they sell all kinds of food: fish and chips, nachos, baguettes, jacket potatoes, pies, Sunday dinners and so on!
2. Bella Italias
This Italian is frequently placed in cities and sells some lovely dishes! You get discount as a student also and they do 2 for 1 on cocktails too!
3. The Three Mariners
This pub is similar to the Plough and sells the most amazing burgers. My personal favourite is the French burger that comes with garlic mushrooms and Brie as well as potato skins and salad!
4. Oscar’s bar and bistro
My final favourite is a tad more expensive but you get huge portions! The atmosphere is sophisticated with a lovely environment to sit in with happy songs playing all day long.
Lancaster is a bit quiet for nightlife but me and my flatmates always manage to have great nightouts, often going to the same place! The clubs and bars include: The Sugarhouse, Dalton Rooms, Bentleys, Mint, Hustle, The Crafty Scholar, Wetherspoons, sphere and Apothecary.
Our personal favourite is The Sugarhouse which is ran by the students of Lancaster University, meaning you can only get in if you are a student or are signed in by another student. Cheap drinks, cheap entry and two rooms filled with people around your own age! It’s fun and safe and often every week there is a theme, such as: divas, Disney, 90s etc for music!
There are also plenty of local pubs to choose from too such as Pendle Witch, the Bobbin, The Borough, The White Cross, Merchants 1688, The Water Witch, George and the Dragon and so on!
Although Lancaster is smaller than most cities it has all the shops you need! From my knowledge there are two main, small shopping centres that are indoors – market gate shopping centre and St Nicholas Arcade. However the majority of the shops are outdoor. Some shops include: Primark, New Look, Topshop, Topman, Lush, Boots, Iceland, Tk Maxx, River Island, Waterstones, Superdrug, Poundland, Home Bargins, M&S, Costa, bodycare, Card factory, Caffè Nero, Shoe Zone, mcdonalds, KFC, WHSmith and so on.
The shops that are not in the main city area include: Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi which are a three minute drive away or a short walk away over a bridge – with Sainsbury’s being closer just next to the bus station.
As well as all of this Lancaster is situated in a great place – you’re right next to Blackpool and the Lake District as well as cities like Morecambe and Preston. Lancaster is only a short train journey away from Manchester and Liverpool too!