Home to stunning 17th century cottages and an 8th century chapel, the charming seaside village of Lancaster, dating back to Viking times offers a worldly cultural beacon with an array of natural beauties.
IMAGE: HEYSHAM PORT
Following the opening of the new M6 link road, Heysham Village benefits from the local regeneration. In addition, Heysham Port provides ferries and freight shipping to the Isle of Man, Ireland and UK ports. Only a mile away from Heysham Harbour, Heysham Village benefits from the Isle of Man Steam Packey Company running daily ferry services to the Isle of Man.
IMAGE: JMW TURNER PAINTING OF HEYSHAM
Acting as an escape from Lancaster’s suburbs, Heysham Village is an oasis of nature and greenery, with stunning views across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man, the Lake District and the Lancashire Coast. British landscape painter JMW Turner found the scenery so remarkable, he painted Heysham with a spectacular Lakeland background in the 1790s. The painting is currently held at the Tate Britain in London.
Due to the historical nature of the seaside village, Heysham attracts a vast number of tourists. Evidence of Stone Age man has been found around the headland including stone axes and hammer heads, now residing in Lancaster Museum. The Heysham stone graves near the chapel ruins are believed to date back to the 11th century, making them the earliest graves in the Great Britain. Four of the indents are body-shaped and two are straight-sided, cut into the rock and often now filled with water.
Dating back to Viking times, St Patrick’s, an 8th century chapel is a truly wonderful urban green space to discover. St Peter’s Church stands close by, with the churchyard commanding one of the best views in the country. Paying homage to Heysham’s history, the Heritage Centre tells the story of the village’s architecture and past industry in a series of exhibitions.
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