Lancaster Priory & Parish Church
Abbey / Priory
The 15th Century Priory and Parish Church of Lancaster standing by the Castle on the hill, overlooking the city, is built on the site of a priory which was founded in 1094.
The interior is mostly medieval but has 13 centuries of history, evident from traces of a Saxon church, such as the Saxon doorway with Anglican cross fragments, 14th Century choir stalls, superb tapestries, and King's Own Memorial Chapel with historical regimental standards and battle honours.
The present building holds Viking ornaments, crusaders' coffins and part of Jacobean 'three-decker' pulpit. The Memorial Chapel holds arguably the most complete collection of Regimental Colours in the country.
The refectory and coffee shop offers light refreshments from Easter Monday until end October, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am.
Guided tours are available by arrangement. Open Monday - Saturday 9.15am-4.00pm (During winter they may be closed for lunch)
There is no admission charge, although donations are welcomed.
Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England.
Leave M6 at jct 33 or 34 and follow the signs for Lancaster city centre. Once in the city centre follow the signs to Castle and Priory Church.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest train station is Lancaster which is only a 5 minute walk from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, just outside the city centre. The station is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline Virgin services to London & South and Glasgow & North. Local services include a regular service to Morecambe. For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk.
The nearest bus station is Lancaster which is less than a 5 minute walk from the central pedestrianised shopping area at Damside St/Chapel St. Local, regional and national services are available. For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk. Situated directly behind the railway station and five minutes' walk from the city centre bus station.