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Lancashire’s economic strengths are a key part of the Northern Powerhouse, a core part of the Government’s economic strategy.

Lancashire: The Place

Lancashire is a diverse county, with characterful towns and cities amid breathtaking countryside and coastlines.

Equally at home in town and county

A fantastic quality of life

Superb landscape includes more than 300 square miles designated as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts visit the Forest of Bowland, Arnside and Silverdale, the West Pennine Moors and numerous wildlife trust sites across Lancashirex.

Never too far away, the county’s thriving towns and cities combine history with modernity to provide some of the most fashionable shops and superb leisure amenities.




Lancashire’s top eateries earn a national reputation

Producers of world class food and drink, Michelin star dining and award winning restaurants, pubs, inns and hotels 

Lancashire has developed a reputation as one of England’s best fine food locations, inspiring a new generation of gifted restaurateurs. Take the Ribble Valley, for example, where a string of multi-award winning restaurants and gastro-pubs regularly attract foodie pilgrims from far and wide.

Lancashire’s housing market offers great value and diversity, from chic city centre apartments and cosy edge of town terraces, to suburban executive homes, seaside villas and idyllic country cottages.


Heritage and culture are under our skin

As the cradle of the industrial revolution, Lancashire has a rich cultural heritage, including the world famous Blackpool Tower and medieval Lancaster Castle. The Lancashire Golf Coast offers some of the best courses in the country and regularly hosts the Open Championship.

The county’s transport infrastructure is second to none, with a super efficient motorway network and the West Coast Main Line linking Preston and Lancaster to London and Glasgow. With Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool airports on our doorstep together with international ports, access to global travel is equally easy to access.

Welcoming over 64 million visitors every year contributing £3.8 billion to the local economy

First class schools and universities
– right on our doorstep

As well as some of the UK’s top performing state schools, Lancashire is home to an array of renowned private schools, such as Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe and Rossall School in Fleetwood. Our higher education offer is also impressive, with Lancaster University, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill University at Ormskirk offering world-rated learning programmes and research capabilities. Lancashire is also home to the largest campus of the University of Cumbria.

Educational excellence with 4 universities and 13 FE colleges producing the UK’s largest source of STEM graduates

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