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Lancashire – More than just a “hotpot”
Although the area was inhabited previously with Anglo-Saxons and Romans, the county did not really become established until the late 12th century. Some years ago Lancashire was the most populous geographic county in the UK, but changes under the Local Government Act 1972 reduced its historical size, with boroughs such as Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton being removed from Lancashire, although the county did inherit some new locations.
During the 19th century Lancashire was a major industrial centre, which included mining, textiles (especially cotton) and fishing. It was also a major player in shipping, when Liverpool and Barrow-in-Furness was part of the county.
Lancashire is famous for its “Lancashire Hotpot”, Black Peas, Chorley cakes, Fish and Chips, Toad in the Hole, Lancashire cheese and many more.
Reasons to visit Lancashire
Blackpool is perhaps the most popular location for tourists, who come to enjoy the beach, amusements, ‘kiss me quick’ hats and sticks of ‘rock’. There are of course many other attractions in the area such as Arnside and Silverdale, Astley Hall, Bank Hall (Jacobean mansion), Beacon Fell (country park), Jubilee Tower (1898), Gawthorpe Hall, Hoghton Tower (fortified manor house), Lancaster Cathedral (1859), the scenic Pendle Hill, Towneley Hall (country house) and Yarrow Valley Park.
For rail enthusiasts there is The East Lancashire Railway, Ribble Steam Railway and West Lancashire Light Railway.
Castles include Clitheroe Castle and the impressive medieval Lancaster Castle. But we must not forget the main tourist attractions, which are Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower, Camelot Theme Park and of course Blackpool illuminations.
Entertainment and Dining in Lancashire
Lancashire has every kind of entertainment and more. There are many theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and hundreds of pubs. Eating places are in abundance, serving anything from Fish and Chips to something more exotic. Restaurants include AJs Bistro in Blackpool and The Olive Tree Brasserie in Lytham St Anne’s.
Accommodation in Lancashire
Despite the many hundreds of Guest Houses and B&Bs, they fill up fast. There are also self-catering apartments and camping areas. Hotels include the Cherry Tree House Hotel in Blackpool, Northcote Hotel in Langho and The Grand Hotel in Lytham St Anne’s.