Up until recently, Lancaster Castle was a fully functioning prison, but since 2011, it has been open to the public, revealing over a thousand years of history. Through tours and special events, visitors can learn of the often-dark tales associated with the fortification, including the transportation of convicted prisoners to the West Indies, American colonies and Australia, and the infamous Lancashire Witch trials of 1612.
What trip to the city would be complete without knowing what it would've been like to be locked up in an 18th century cell? For a less bone-chilling experience, you could try some retail therapy and head to the shops in Penny Street, St Nicholas Arcades and Marketgate. There's also the outdoor Charter Market every Wednesday and Saturday.
When it comes to live entertainment, you're spoilt for choice, with the Lancaster Grand Theatre, The Dukes, Yorkshire House and Nuffield Theatre offering a dazzling array of plays, gigs, comedy and dance. Plus there's a varied programme of festivals throughout the year, from jazz and literature to Chinese New Year and beer.
And if all that seems a bit energetic, don't forget to take a breather in the delightful green spaces of Williamson Park.