Last week I spent the whole day in Lancaster, a place I’m not that familiar with (hailing as I do, from the exact other end of the county). So, when an Irish journalist, on one of our familiarisation visits to the area, needed to meet up with the communications representative of the tourist board – I was delighted to spend some time there.
First stop was Lancaster Castle, where the journalist and I took the organised tour which started at 10.30am. Peter Leeson was our tour guide who made the 12 or so guests feel very welcome, especially those for whom English was not their first language. He explained that the Castle was still a working prison and court, the oldest in England and that a fortress (of varying shapes and sizes) had existed there since Roman times. For a comprehensive history of the castle, click here.