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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Lancaster University Halls

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  • University residences in Lancaster offer a cost-effective accommodation option for the budget conscious visitor to this richly cultural city
  • These modern guest rooms are a comfortable alternative to a cheap hotel, B&B or hostel in the county town of Lancashire
  • The residences are located centrally, and provide a great starting point from which to explore Lancaster and the surrounding countryside

Lancaster Visitor information

An Introduction to Lancaster

Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire, England, situated on the River Lune.

Long existing as a commercial, cultural and educational centre, Lancaster is the settlement that gives Lancashire its name. Lancaster has several unique ties to the British monarchy; the House of Lancaster was a branch of the English royal family, whilst the Duchy of Lancaster holds large estates on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, who herself is also the Duke of Lancaster. Lancaster was granted city status in 1937 for its "long association with the crown" and because it was "the county town of the King's Duchy of Lancaster".

With its history based on its port and canal, Lancaster is an ancient settlement, dominated by Lancaster Castle. It is also home to the collegiate and campus-based Lancaster University.

Activities of interest in Lancaster

Lancaster is a city rich in industrial and cultural history which visitors can explore through its castle and museums.

Its pedestrianised city centre with independent boutique shops as well as high street stores are great for shoppers and there is a good array of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants for those who wish to sit and watch the city.

St George's Quay is home to the Maritime Museum where adults and children alike will enjoy exploring Lancaster's maritime history.

Lancaster has a good nightlife with live music, contemporary theatre and film, and delicious food and drink.

Getting to Lancaster:

By Road: Leave the M6 on Junctions 33-35.

By Rail: Lancaster is located on the West Coast Main Line which brings frequent Intercity Services from London Euston and Glasgow.

TransPennine Express also provide direct services from Manchester Airport and Edinburgh.

Regular services operate from Lancaster to the rest of the district. Visit National Rail Enquiries.

By Coach: National Express Coach Services and Stagecoach buses operate in and around the district.

By Air: The region’s main airport is Manchester International. There is also Blackpool International Airport nearby.
 

History of Lancaster

Little is known about Lancaster between the end of Roman rule in Britain in the early 5th century and the Norman Conquest in the late 11th century. Despite a lack of documentation from this period, it is likely that Lancaster was still inhabited. Lancaster was on the fringes of the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria, and over time control may have changed from one to the other. The city's name, first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Loncastre means 'Roman fort on the River Lune', from the Old English cæster.

Lancaster Castle, partly built in the 13th century and enlarged by Elizabeth I, stands on the site of a Roman garrison. Lancaster Castle is well known as the site of the infamous Pendle witch trials in 1612. It was said that the court based in the castle (the Lancaster Assizes) sentenced more people to be hanged than any other in the country outside of London, earning Lancaster the nickname, "the Hanging Town".

The traditional emblem for the House of Lancaster is a red rose, the red rose of Lancaster, similar to that of the House of York, which is a white rose. These names derive from the emblems of the Royal Duchies of Lancaster and York in the 15th century. This erupted into a civil war over rival claims to the throne during the Wars of the Roses.

Lancaster: the university

Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Currently ranked as a top 10 UK university and in the top 125 universities in the world, Lancaster continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally.

 

Reviews For Lancaster)

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Staff friendly and helpful. We booked two rooms and were the only occupants in our flat, which was quiet. The bed was comfortable and towels and soap were supplied. The kitchen was well equipped and spotlessly clean.

(Review Of Waddell Hall, University of Cumbria)

There was a mix up with our room ie we were allocated a single instead of twin bedded.No problem soon rectified.All in all very pleased and would certainly book again.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

Fabulous again, thank you. We’ve stayed with you before and will no doubt do so again. All the staff are lovely; very friendly and can’t do enough to make a stop over the best it can be. Thank you everyone.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

booking invoices were confusing in that we received literature from two different sources with two different booking numbers, which led us to think that two payments may have been taken. However a phone call to the office assured us that this was not the case.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

A truly fantastic stay. Stress free and clean, comfortable facilities. I would have preferred the check-out time to have been 11am and the breakfast to have been till 10am if I had any suggestions for future thought. I appreciate the rooms need to be cleaned before the next visitors arrive but many other hotels of considerable size can turn rooms around between 12 and 2.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

Great stay for our Lancaster class of 2007 reunion. Breakfast was fantastic and rooms were great. My only minor complaint would be the low number of plug sockets per room (2).

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

Not sure how you do it for the money, if more people were aware that you're in the hospitality business you would be fully booked every night. It might be more profitable to go into the hotel business full time & offer educational facilities as an add-on!

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

Very much enjoyed our 2 nights’ stay. Room was clean and comfortable with good wifi, and breakfast in a nearby building was plentiful. Parking was free as we stayed over the weekend. Booking was easy, and information given on booking was correct and helpful. All very efficiently run. It was great to stay on campus again after 35 years! Thank you.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)

Overall the accommodation is good. It's basic but very clean. Would prefer a room not overlooking the noisy M6. Breakfast compares very well against other B&B's. Wouldn't hesitate to come back.

(Review Of John Creed Building, Lancaster)
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