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Literary Lancaster Walking Tour

Type:Walking Tour

Tour Begins in Williamson Park, Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancs, LA1 1UX

Tel: 01524 582394

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Literary Lancaster Walking Tour

Did you know Wordsworth wrote a sonnet entitled 'Suggested by the View of Lancaster Castle' or Charles Dickens used The Royal Kings Arms Hotel as a location for one of his stories?

Written by Penny Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer of in English Literature at University of Cumbria, the Literary Lancaster two and a half mile walking tour takes you on a literary journey via eight key locations and gives you the opportunity to dip into a range of texts which have been inspired by the ancient city.

Dr Bradshaw describes the publication: “This new book offers Lancaster tourists and locals alike a compact tour of the prolific and inspiring literary history of Lancashire through both resident and visiting authors. Here we move from Wordsworth’s description of Lancaster Sands as 'the majestic plain whence the sea has retired' to the harrowing story of the Pendle Witches under 'Grim skies' and a 'grey remorse of rain' in Carol Ann Duffy’s evocative poem, The Lancashire Witches.”

Follow the trail around familiar paths and landmarks and see Lancaster through the eyes of authors such as Ann Radcliffe and Daniel Defoe. Encounter tales of execution, slavery and ghostly hauntings as you are guided on your own literary journey into the secrets of Lancaster’s fascinating and often dark past. Read a sample of the book at: http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/lancaster/request-a-brochure

The Literary Lancaster trail book can be purchased (for £3.99) at Lancaster Visitor Information Centre or online from www.lancaster.gov.uk/literarylancaster (postage cost applies).



Book Tickets


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Literary Lancaster book containing trail details£3.99 activity

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Literary Lancaster Walking Tour (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)



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