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Lancaster and Penny Street Basin

The Lancaster Canal runs through the heart of Lancaster. So, shop till you drop then relax in a pub or café by the water's edge!


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General information

Address: Lancaster City Council Car park, Auction Mart, Thurnham Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XT

Visit time: 2hr - 3hrs

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: There's a public pay & display car park on Moor Lane

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Free visitor guide

Great for

Walk along the towpath to the spectacular Lune Aqueduct, about 40 minutes beyond Penny Street Bridge. Look out for QR trail waymarkers

  • Dog Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster Cathedral

Spot a boat

You should see some narrowboats


Boat trips



You may see:

  • Swans
  • Mallard ducks
  • Coots
  • Heron
  • Barn owl
  • Cormorants

Keep a look out for wildlife. Otters have been spotted beyond Penny Street Bridge