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Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire. 
Lancaster is the settlement that gives Lancashire its name.
Lancaster has several unique ties to the British monarchy; the House of Lancaster was a branch of the English royal family, whilst the Duchy of Lancaster holds large estates on behalf of Elizabeth II, who herself is also the Duke of Lancaster.

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Lancaster City Museum

Lancaster City Museum is housed in the former town hall in the Market Square and includes the museum of the King's Own Royal Regiment.

The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster.

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Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle. With origins dating all the way back to the Romans, this fascinating building founded in 1093 has been a centre for local justice for over 800 years.Hear tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime & punishment, and dare to be locked inside one of our dark prison cells. The tour finishes in C-Wing where you can view cells used up until 2011 before being 'released' to enjoy the rest of your day.

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Cottage Museum

Cottage Museum

The Cottage Museum, facing Lancaster Castle, is part of a 1739 house, subdivided in about 1820 and furnished as an artisan's house of that date. The museum provides an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life in a tiny and intriguing 18th century cottage spread over 5 floors.

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Judges Lodgings

Judges Lodgings
Built in the centre of Lancaster against the backdrop of Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory this elegant, Grade I listed building is Lancaster's oldest town house. The museum is now home to a renowned collection of Gillow furniture which is displayed in fabulous Regency period room settings, fine art and also the enchanting Museum of Childhood which explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present.

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Williamson Park and Ashton Memorial

The Ashton Memorial is a folly in Williamson Park,  built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over £80,000. (equivalent to £7.3 million in 2015).
At around 150 feet tall, it dominates the Lancaster skyline and is visible for many miles around. It also offers spectacular views of the surrounding area including Morecambe Bay.