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Car hire in Lancaster

Car hire in Lancaster

Lancaster is the historic county town of Lancashire on the banks of the River Lune, famous for its castle and close to the seaside resort of Morecambe. It is superbly positioned for exploring the local countryside, with the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep.

What I need to know

There are several Lancaster car hire firms and these are all in or close to the city centre. We can compare car hire services in Lancaster to ensure you get the best possible deal for your visit. We offer free cancellation, no credit card fees and track record of having served more than five million customers.

Where to pick up my car

Lancaster's car rental firms are all in close proximity to the city centre, mostly near the A683 road to Heysham. Alternatively, those picking up a car through an airport rental firm can do so in the Manchester Airport (MAN) terminal 1 or across the road from terminals 2 and 3.

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Where to go

Lancaster Castle is a fascinating place to visit, not least because it is more accessible to the public than before, having formerly been a prison. The Ashton Memorial offers grand hilltop views and Morecambe provides an attractive seafront with plenty of amusements and a statue of the late comedian Eric Morecambe.

Nearby Lancaster

The city is very close to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks. In the former case, Windermere, England's largest lake, is easy to reach while the best features of the Dales include the Ingleborough Caves and the towering cliffs and spectacular limestone scenery of Malham Cove.

Longer drives

With the M6 skirting the city, Lancaster is a great touring base. To the north, Scotland is not far off and the M6 and M74 offer an easy motorway link to Glasgow. To the south are vibrant cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.

Eating and drinking

Lancaster has plenty of traditional English cafes and pubs, with Morecambe offering traditional fish and chips by the seaside. There are also many great country pubs and those who want to try some regional delicacies can enjoy some spicy Cumberland sausages followed by sticky toffee pudding or Grasmere gingerbread.

Things to do

Morecambe offers plenty of fun for those bringing a bucket and spade, while train enthusiasts should visit the railway museum at nearby Carnforth. Lancaster itself has some good museums, such as the Lancaster City museum, which incorporates the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. Birdwatchers can enjoy twitching in the nearby Silverdale National Nature Reserve.

Sightseeing

There are many famous properties to enjoy near Lancaster. Sizergh Castle near Kendal is one, and those visiting the Lake District can enjoy Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's home in Grasmere. Among the best scenic views are the vista from Orrest Head, a short climb out of Windermere town centre.