Among Lancaster's many cultural venues, two of the most popular are the Grand Theatre and The Dukes. The Grand is one of the country's oldest theatres, having staged productions as far back as the late eighteenth century right up to the present day, and offers an eclectic programme of drama, dance, comedy and music.
The Dukes Playhouse has two auditoriums and is home to its own theatre company that produces a number of new plays every year, as well as hosting visiting companies and arts festivals. One of the auditoriums also plays host to screenings of cutting edge independent cinema.
Centred around the Ashton Memorial, which offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and coastline and dominates Lancaster's skyline, the beautiful Williamson Park is a haven of tranquility in the middle of the city. The park offers attractively landscaped formal gardens, an ornamental lake, a butterfly house, several fine sculptures and even its own folly, as well as being the venue for many of the city's theatre's outdoor summer productions.
The city is home to a number of notable museums including a Maritime Museum, a Judges Museum and the ever-popular Lancaster City Museum, which details the growth of the city from small Stone Age settlement to the bustling urban centre of today.
One of the more dramatic sights in the city is the Lune Millennium Bridge which spans the city's river and was constructed to be deliberately remeniscent of the masted ships that used to frequent Lancaster's quayside.