Lancashire

Lancashire's borders encompass a great swathe of land which includes the charms of Georgian Lancaster, the forward thrust of Manchester and seaside dame, Blackpool. It also edges right up close to the Lake District, so Lancashire isn't short on natural wonders either.

The range of choices when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Lancashire's smaller towns and villages is just as broad. There are good options for walkers, and those wanting to explore the region's historic highlights, but there are also great bolt holes to escape to.

See our Guru's list of the best places to stay in Lancashire.

Lancaster's grand castle is a beacon, reminding of this county's link with the monarchy, but these days Lancaster is more university city than seat of kings.

Just outside the city are the deep valleys and heather moorlands of the Forest of Bowland, part of the Pennines and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Forest is popular with walkers and fisherfolk especially. If you're interested in discovering more about Lancaster's history you'll probably want to visit Clitheroe Castle, the ruins of Sawley Abbey and the Judge's Lodgings, once the home of witch-hunter Thomas Covell, who 'caught' the Pendle Witches.

The Lancashire coast has been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times, when Blackpool was queen of the seaside resorts. The pier, tower, ballroom, the 16 hectare Pleasure Beach and the annual illuminations still draw a crowd. If Blackpool's not your cup of tea, head further north to Fleetwood and Morecambe.

The Best Places to Stay in Lancashire

The Best Places to Stay in Lancashire and Surrounds

  • Penny Street Bridge occupies a lo rely listed building right in the heart of town. The rooms are crisp, modern and neutral, the bar and restaurant are popular with locals, and the 28 rooms start from just £85 per night.
  • The Ashton is an exquisite Georgian manor house turned B&B, just five minutes from the centre of Lancashire. There are just five, carefully styled rooms in this romantic bolt hole.

Best of Lancashire's Lovely Coast

  • The Midland Hotel is a fabulous seaside Art Deco icon in Morecambe, just on the coast by Lancaster with the Lake District fells in the background and the great open expanse of Morecambe Bay in front.
  • The Big Blue Hotel is big and blue and right next to Blackpool's Pleasure Beach. Very child friendly, but also surprisingly chic, considering its 157 rooms start from just £55 per night.
  • If you're looking for something a bit more boutique on the coast, try Number One South Beach, which has a range of uniquely decorated rooms and sweeping views over the beach. They say it's 'South Beach in Blackpool'…

The Best Places to Stay in Lancashire to Explore the Region

  • Hipping Hall Hotel is a traditional farmhouse crossed with a roadside inn, just 20 minutes from the Lake District. The excellent restaurant makes this more of a restaurant with rooms - sic inside the house and three cottages in the yard.
  • The Spread Eagle near Clitheroe is a bright and stylish pub right on the river in the pretty Robble Valley. There are save rooms, popular with walkers because it's right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales with glorious views of the Pendle Hills.

The Best Places to Stay in Lancashire to Escape!

  • Northcote is a real foodie delight offering Michelin starred cooking with produce sourced locally - if not direct from the garden. The hotel itself was converted from an imposing Victorian manor house, and the decor is plush but masculine.
  • The Inn at Whitewell is in a picturesque village in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. This 23 room inn has been in the family for three generations now and the family's taste for unusual and beautiful antiques has not faltered.
  • The Cartford Inn is a fabulous 17th Century coaching inn on the River Wyre. As well as plenty of charm this property has outstandingly beautiful views.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Lancashire for you?

  1. Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Lancashire,
  2. consult our Guru's list of the best places to stay in Manchester,
  3. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
 
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  • Big Blue Hotel

    Blackpool, Lancashire

    Big, blue and family-friendly modern luxury hotel situated next to Blackpool's pleasure beach. Designer guild fabrics and thoughtful interior design give it a twist. Ideal for families who want a bit of contemporary comfort, in a good location.

    157 rooms from $89
    Child friendly
    Sights nearby  -  Right next to the Pleasure Beach
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Penny Street Bridge

    Lancaster, Lancashire

    Brilliant new town hotel in a listed building - with lively and popular bar and restaurant right in the middle of town. Stylish, crisp rooms, hearty breakfasts and great value.

    28 rooms from $138
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Spread Eagle

    nr Clitheroe, Lancashire

    Riverside pub/restaurant in a great position in the Ribble Valley, with a small number of bright, stylish rooms. Popular with locals and walkers. Great food and views.

    7 rooms from $138
    Great walks  -  On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
    Views  -  Glorious views of the Pendle Hills.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Midland Hotel

    Morecambe, Lancashire

    Fabulous Art Deco classic seaside hotel brought back from the dead and transmogrofied into a chic, sleek, ocean liner of a hotel. Sweeping seaviews, stunning suites and a spa. Plus Morecombe to explore.

    44 rooms from $152
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Spa
  • The Cartford Inn

    Preston, Lancashire

    A fabulous 17th century coaching inn with funky bedrooms and excellent food, on the River Wyre. Book the spectacular penthouse suite with roof terrace. Cosy in winter, a garden in summer.

    14 rooms from $178
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Stunning views of the Wyre and surrounding countryside.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hipping Hall Hotel

    Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire

    Contemporary farmhouse feel in this roadside hotel with a great restaurant, slick rooms, relatively insulated from nearby A65. 20 minute drive from the Lake District.

    9 rooms from $195
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Inn at Whitewell

    Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire

    An antique-filled inn; full of character, on the Duchy of Lancaster Estate in the Forest of Bowland. Fine gardens, fishing available, child friendly. Charming.

    23 rooms from $195
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Fishing  -  7 mile stretch on the River Hodder available - ghillie on request
    Great walks  -  In the forest of Bowland.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Ashton

    Lancaster, Lancashire

    Exquisite Georgian manor house turned luxury boutique B&B, 5 minutes from the centre of Lancaster. Chic styling and exceptional attention to detail make for a romantic bolthole, a different kind of business crashpad, and the perfect stopover en route north.

    5 rooms from $203
    Chic
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the centre of town
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Number One South Beach

    Blackpool, Lancashire

    Boutique hotel with a range of colourful and uniquely-decorated rooms, with sweeping views over the beach and sumptuous interiors. Themed rooms - 'Hip Hop', 'Noodle' - and a fully functioning restaurant. South beach in Blackpool...

    15 rooms from $211
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Northcote

    Blackburn, Lancashire

    A real foodie delight in an impeccably run Victorian manor hotel. Interiors are dark and masculine. Michelin starred cooking with organic produce from the garden.

    18 rooms from $413
    Exclusive offer  -  Overnight Gourmet Offer
    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred cooking.
    Views  -  Overlooking the Ribble Valley.
    Cooking classes  -  Lessons from £95
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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