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Lancashire
Lancashire

Places to Visit

Lancashire

Industry and illumination

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

 

Town and country

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

Recommended in Lancashire

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Northcote

AA Hotel of the Year for England – this small hotel is worth seeking out for its gastronomic delights and smart interior.
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Silverwell

Value-for-money rooms at this terraced townhouse close to the seafront.
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Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar

Stimulating modern cooking is delivered in a contemporary setting.