Top 5 Free Summer Attractions in Lancashire
28 June 2019
Lancashire is the perfect destination for a summer staycation, with so much to see and do around the area. The county is in a prime location, with the Lake District to the north, the Yorkshire Dales to the east and the Forest of Bowland right in the centre. There are plenty of exciting attractions across the county, many of which are free, giving you the opportunity for a great day out without breaking the bank. So, whether you’re here for a holiday with the kids, a short break with friends or a romantic getaway as a couple, you’ll find no end of things to see and do in Lancashire this summer.
This 250-acre nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and offers a great day out for families looking to get in touch with nature. The reserve itself is free, although there are car parking charges.
When you visit, you’ll get to walk along the River Ribble and take a wander around the woodland. There are a number of viewing points and hides so you can watch the wildlife around you from excellent vantage points.
You can even visit the UK’s first floating visitor centre at Brockholes where you can find the lakeside restaurant and shop to finish your day off.
What could be better than a day at the seaside while you’re on holiday? Morecambe Bay is the perfect location for a day out, offering a long stretch of promenade where you can find a number of play parks, shops, cafes and other attractions.
Head up to Heysham Village, where you can look out across the bay surrounded by historical ruins and wander through the picturesque village. You can then head down into Morecambe and take a stroll down the promenade and maybe even pop into one of the fish and chips or ice cream shops for a taste of the seaside.
Take a trip to Chorley, where you’ll find the spectacular Astley Hall, Coach House and Park, a country house built in the 17th century. The house now plays host to art collections, giving an insight into the history of the home and the area.
You can explore the gardens and let the kids play in the play areas or take a walk through the walled garden. There’s even a pet’s corner where you can meet the animals of Astley Hall including rabbits and reptiles.
If you’re unlucky enough to have a rainy day while you’re in Lancashire, why not head into Lancaster and learn all about the history of the city at the City Museum, located in the former town hall in the city centre. The building itself is steeped in history, so this is the perfect home for the collections housed within that trace Lancaster’s history from the Romans all the way to the present day.
The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm and admission is completely free, so this is a great place to visit when you’re enjoying a trip into Lancaster.
When the sun is shining, the locals of Lancaster know that the best place to make the most of it is up at Williamson Park. There’s plenty of green space and a spectacular view out over the city, as well as woodland walks, a butterfly house and mini zoo.
You can sunbathe in the park, let the kids play in the play areas and head to the cafe for a quick bite to eat, all in the shadow of the impressive Ashton Memorial. There’s plenty to do while you are up at Williamson Park, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore.
Lancashire is the perfect destination for your summer trip, and our holiday parks in Lancashire make the location to set up camp, using it as a base from which to explore the area. So book to stay with us this summer and visit these attractions as well as many more in the area.