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Morecambe – The ‘Independent Town’

Morecambe’s burgeoning group of vintage shops are gaining a great reputation amongst vintage fans and collectors, thanks in part to our famous Vintage Festival. And the items for sale in our Morecambe shops are much more affordable than in other parts of the country. Our offering includes clothing vinyl records and nostalgia. Add in our famous Vintage, Steampunk and music festivals, as well as stunning views and plenty of activities; we have the perfect mix.

Art Deco and Art Nouveau Trail

Morecambe has over 35 surviving Art Deco buildings, and you can see over 20 of them in a pleasant morning’s stroll. On your way, you’ll see the beautiful art deco Midland Hotel, as well as the iconic Victorian Alhambra and Winter Gardens buildings. Take in the Morecambe Heritage Centre along the way, and drop in for a coffee at Brew Me Sunshine, in the old art deco Visitor newspaper building in Victoria Street.

Eating out

Morecambe has what you require. Whether it’s a quick takeaway or a meal in award-winning restaurants and bistros, to a quick fish and chips on the Promenade. We also have some restaurants that consistently rank at the top of Trip Advisor. Fancy pub grub? Sure, we have some great gastro pubs as well as pubs serving your regular pub grub.

Accommodation

However you like to lay your head, Morecambe can offer you the solution from our famous  4-star Art-Deco; mid-range; family or budget; quirky B&Bs, or just a no-frills mobile home.

History

The district’s recorded history stretches back to the Bronze Age, and we keep discovering stuff! At Heysham is one of the earliest Christian settlements at St Patrick’s with the unusual stone-cut graves. Next door is the Grade 1 listed St Peter’s church dating from as early as the 7th century. Inside you’ll find the Viking hogback (grave cover) stone dating from the tenth century. Fancy visiting an English Heritage town? Lancaster was an important Roman settlement and is only three miles from Morecambe. It is the seat of the Duchy of Lancaster and boasts a highly impressive castle. Much of the historic architecture in Lancaster has been preserved.

Leisure

Whatever your leisure pleasure, Morecambe can certainly offer you plenty. Keen cyclist ? Base yourself here to explore the Bay, or tackle some of the country’s more challenging hills in the Lake District. Fishing? We’ve got your line! Walking? Our vast seaside promenade is perfect for gentle strolls or discover the many walks in our areas of outstanding natural beauty. Festival and events lover? We’re almost embarrassed by our riches in this field. Bird watching? Big tick in that box. Did you know over 250,000 birds over-winter in Morecambe Bay?

Since the Bay gateway link road that it’s no lie to say that Morecambe is the closest seaside resort to any motorway in the UK, bar none. On average, it takes approximately 10 mins to get from the M6 to the centre of Morecambe.

Morecambe Bay is six times bigger than Sydney Harbour, has over 250,000 birds over-wintering each year, and is home to three of the twelve tidal bores in the UK. Morecambe Bay is world-renowned as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In addition, Morecambe has been officially designated as the centre point of the United Kingdom.

Lancaster District also benefits by being almost equidistant between London and Edinburgh/Glasgow, is on the major West Coast rail line, and just off the M6 motorway. It has great transport links to all the major regional cities including Manchester and Liverpool; borders the Lake District; dales and moors; & the Arnside and Forest of Bowland Areas of Natural Beauty.