Experience Lancaster before you leave

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Lancaster may be small and those of you about to graduate may feel like you know this city inside and out; but don’t be so confident. There are some hidden gems that are a must to see and do before your time here is up. Don’t be fooled into thinking just because you have experienced the Carleton or Sugarhouse enough times to last a lifetime that you’ve experienced the true beauty of Lancaster.

It may be small but it lots has to offer. This city is full of history that is waiting to be absorbed by the masses of students that have taken over the streets.

First, there is the castle. You are sure to see it every day, sitting there in all its glory, but have you taken the time to go and visit it? The castle is full of history offering numerous tours from exploring the prisons, to the ghostly tales or even a murder mystery evening. If a tour isn’t for you then don’t despair. Why not take a walk around the grounds and visit the small souvenir shop? It will certainly make a lasting impression.

Next, take a visit to Ashton Memorial where you can soak up simply stunning views over Lancaster and Morecambe and witness a sight which I’m sure you would have never appreciated before. There is even a butterfly house there, which is worth a visit in itself. Seeing hundreds of butterflies together is, well, intriguing, to say the least.

If you’re on campus and looking for something different to try out then book yourself into Aeroball. Here in Lancaster we have the pleasure of making use of this fun yet alternative form of exercise. For those of you who don’t know, Aeroball is a large trampoline divided into sections with four holes at the top, which are the goals. It involves a lot of jumping, a lot of falling over and certainly a lot of laughs. It’s a great way to unleash your competitive streak and let loose with your friends. The activity can be booked through the University Sports Centre and it’s a great way to let off some steam. You are sure to struggle to come across one of these again so make the most of this opportunity and get involved.

If you are looking for more of a relaxing afternoon, then take a stroll through the town centre. Lancaster is filled with quirky coffee shops to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. If you’re looking for a little self-indulgence then look no further and head straight to the Yummy Cupcake Company. This delightful tearoom sells various cakes to keep those sugar cravings at bay. This is a family business that is only run in Lancaster; do you need any more reasons to make a quick visit?

These are just some ideas to help you experience a different side to Lancaster. It doesn’t have to always be about working, the library and drinking. Make sure you visit these hidden treats and ensure you gain the most from your time here. Experience your university life to its full potential and get the most out of this quaint city boasting history, culture and alternative activities to do.

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