Situated upon the River Lune, on the edge of the wild and beautiful Forest of Bowland, Lancaster has proved itself as a popular location for home buyers of all demographics. The stunning city is home to approximately 150,000 people, all of whom enjoy the wide range of attractions, amenities, education facilities and transport links Dating back to 1086, Lancaster boasts a rich and varied history, which can still be seen in some of the beautiful architecture including the imposing castle. Most notably, Lancaster is famous for its historic links with the British Monarchy - it is due to these unique ties that it was awarded city status in 1937.
Shop ‘til you drop
You’ll find everything you need and more in the city centre, which boasts the large Marketgate Shopping Centre as well as a range of independent and chain stores scattered around the city. If you do fancy a change of scene, Blackpool, Preston and Manchester are all close enough for a fun afternoon of shopping.
Top quality education
With its own university and access to the universities of nearby cities Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, Lancaster offers an extremely high standard of education. Consistently high ranked, Lancaster University itself offers one of the best business schools in England and a superb physics department. Central to the city, this university provides over 2000 jobs to the local area, while attracting over 17,000 students.
For younger children, you’ll find a huge range of schools in the city and surrounding areas, to suit all ages and abilities.
Plenty of leisure activities
As a historic city, Lancaster boasts a high level of cultural activity. Festivals such as the Lancaster Jazz festival and the Maritime festival provide fun family days out for all to enjoy. For those with a love of theatre, this thriving city will not disappoint – home to the famous Lancaster Grand theatre and the Dukes, residents can appreciate live performances all year round.
You’d also be surrounded by glorious countryside. The Forest of Bowland AONB is just a few miles from the city, offering fantastic walking and cycle trails, while parts of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales can be reached in as little as half an hour. Or, if you’re happiest at the beach, travel just 15 minutes to experience the coastal delights of Morecambe.
Great transport links
Near to the M6, Lancaster provides great commuting links. With the nearby cities of Preston, Blackpool and Manchester all a short drive away, this vibrant city is an enviable location for first time buyers, young professionals and families alike.