The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Lancaster, England

Stroll past the Lancaster City Museum and other sights with a stay in the heart of this English city
Stroll past the Lancaster City Museum and other sights with a stay in the heart of this English city | © Ian G Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Pierre de Villiers

One of just 13 cities in England with Heritage Status, Lancaster has a fascinating history that ranges from the grim (the trials of the Pendle witches in 1612) to the grand – the Grand Theatre opened in 1782 during the reign of King George III. The city has moved with the times while embracing its storied past – whether that’s turning a 19th-century coffee company into a trendy roastery or illuminating Lancaster Castle and other historical sights during the Light Up Lancaster festival. Similarly, hotels in the city blend the old and the new with aplomb. Here are the best places to stay in Lancaster, not bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Toll House Inn, for historic charm


Cosy carpeted bedroom with artwork and patterned wallpaper
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As the name suggests, this grand hotel – in the heart of Lancaster – had a different purpose at one time. Built in 1901, it was the Corporation Toll House that collected levies from traders on their way to market, before becoming the Farmers Arms – a pub opposite the livestock market. Today, the Toll House Inn still caters to the weary traveller, offering super-comfy beds, regional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and a pint of traditional Thwaites Ale that has a 200-year brewing heritage.

2. The New Inn Hotel, for unique walking routes

Independent Hotel

Four-poster bed in traditional English decor at the New Inn Hotel
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Tucked away in the picturesque conservation village of Clapham, the New Inn Hotel is surrounded by some of the best walking routes in Yorkshire. The 16 rooms here all have fabulous designs – from window seats to four-poster beds and oak beams – and come with stunning views of the lush countryside. Dishes in the restaurant are freshly made using the best regional suppliers and can be washed down with a selection of gins from all over the world.

3. The Royal Hotel and Bar, for culinary delights

Independent Hotel

Snug bedroom with pastel decor and large windows at the Royal Hotel and Bar
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A location right in the heart of Lancaster means this 14-bedroom, family-run hotel is close to the city’s best restaurants, shops and attractions like the 12th-century Lancaster Castle and Williamson Park. At the Fusions Kitchen, chef Gary Ellwood has put together a fun menu with dishes such as Filthy Phat Fries – with a wide range of toppings including smoky mince and beans or mac and cheese – and big flour tortillas with vegetable chilli. The Royal has just unveiled a new beer garden, so make sure you toast it with a few drinks.

4. Quite Simply French, for elegant finishes

Restaurant with Rooms, French, British, Vegan, Vegetarian

Quite Simply French bedroom with designer furnishings, rustic wood beam and exposed stone wall
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Quite Simply French has been one of the finest French restaurants in Lancaster since 1996, serving sublime rustic dishes. The addition to the menu here since 2019 has been four rooms nestled under the eaves of the 250-year-old building. Taking the approach that food and fabulous accommodation are the perfect pairings, the lodgings are every bit as elegant as the cuisine – complete with designer furnishings, the finest cotton sheets, romantic free-standing baths and rainfall showers.

5. Stanley Lodge Farmhouse, for the country bumpkins

Bed and Breakfast

The two-story Stanley Lodge Farmhouse exterior facing street
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It doesn’t matter if you get a bit grubby at Stanley Lodge – in fact, it’s encouraged. Perfectly set up for walkers and cyclists, the farmhouse has secure bicycle storage and wash-down facilities for cleaning your bikes or walking boots after a day exploring the area. If you’d like to stay a little longer, book into Ivy Cottage – a self-catering cottage that is just behind the main farmhouse and sleeps two.

6. Moor View Bed and Breakfast, for farm-life luxe

Bed and Breakfast

Ground-floor bedroom at Moor View Bed and Breakfast with glass doors opening to garden
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This aptly named B&B sits at the foot of Ingleborough – the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales – and has beguiling views of the surrounding farmland and limestone fells. You’ll be itching to get stuck into the surrounding countryside, and location of Moor View means it’s only five minutes by car to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail – one of the must-visit attractions in Yorkshire – and White Scar Caves. It’s also a great base from which to explore the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland.

7. The Fleece Inn, for local luxuries

Bed and Breakfast

English inn bedroom with king bed, table lamps, and flower motif curtains at the Fleece Inn
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An archetypal English inn in the historic village of Dolphinholme, the Fleece allows you to make the most of the Lancashire countryside. The Forest of Bowland is on your doorstep, while the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are just over 30km (19mi) away. Make sure you pop into the Fleece Inn shop and stock up on local goodness including jams, honey, Dewlay blue cheese, fresh meats and quality wines.

8. Lancaster Barn Bed and Breakfast, for elegant decor

Bed and Breakfast

Stylish bedroom with rustic wood touches at Lancaster Barn Bed and Breakfast
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It’s a barn, yes – but not as you know it. A meticulously converted two-storey stone structure set on two acres of farmland, Lancaster Barn Bed and Breakfast has nine very stylish rooms and a Scandi-style breakfast area where floor-to-ceiling windows look out over neighbouring farmland. Bathrooms have underfloor heating, and most rooms have limestone-tile walk-in showers. Nespresso machines in each room are also a nice touch.

9. Lancaster House Hotel, for a well-deserved wellness retreat


Four swimmers do their laps at the Lancaster House Hotel indoor pool
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A deluxe four-star hotel with 79 modern rooms, Lancaster House is well equipped for guests to pamper themselves – whether that’s in the hot tub, steam room, sauna or at Foodworks Restaurant where head chef Damien serves up British dishes made with flair and local Lancashire ingredients. Also, be sure to take in a Lancashire afternoon tea, which will take you on a culinary tour around the Red Rose county.

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