The university’s amazing sports centre should be your first port of call. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, climbing walls, an enormous gym and all sorts of fitness classes, this is the place for keeping active. Perfect whether you’re taking up a new hobby or just toning up.
From the bustle of its campus hub to the town centre’s many clubs and bars, there’s no shortage of things to do in Lancaster. The Sugarhouse is a brilliant nightclub, while Apothecary lets you make your own cocktails. For something more serene, the city’s surrounding fields are an excellent place for a wander. Dukes cinema is great for grabbing some popcorn, settling into a seat and watching movie masterpieces, new and old.
There are some amazing examples of medieval architecture to be found here, including the imposing Lancaster Castle. Battles and witch trials have been held here, and it’s open daily for tours. Nearby, Ashton Memorial is a stunning feat of architecture dedicated to Lord Ashton’s second wife. Williamson Park is a lovely stretch of green with its own butterfly house. Students and locals love to come here in the summer, and it’s the perfect place for a spot of post-lecture relaxation.
For the culturally-inclined, Lancaster Arts hosts all manner of theatre, music, comedy and dance performances. There are plenty of pubs and bars hosting music events and open mic nights. Stop by the Robert Gillow for a proper pub experience, complete with a folk band. Alternatively, make room in your schedule for the Lancaster Music Festival in October, where hundreds of acts perform at over 40 locations across the city.
Buses are regular and reliable here – Lancaster and its university operate a campus-to-city bus service that runs between the two destinations every 4 minutes. This ensures getting to those early-morning lectures is easy.