Welcome to Lancashire
Lancashire is at the heart of England’s North West, bordering Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District, making it a great base to live and work.
This brochure gives you a taste of what we have to offer in Lancashire
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Lancashire is a brilliant collective of brands, brains, products, people, places, services, heritage, land and opportunity. We are a county of contrasting landscapes, with wide open spaces, diverse heritage and fantastic food and drink, covering About 3,075 km2 of England’s North West.
Lancashire offers an excellent quality of life for our businesses and residents. The county is 80% rural, with 137 miles of coastline, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. We attract over 69m visitors a year to our cultural venues and festivals, to our gastro pubs and Michelin starred restaurants, and to the UK’s favourite seaside resort, Blackpool.
Getting to Lancashire
Lancashire is easily reached from all over the UK and is well served by international airports, ferry ports and main line rail – you’re just over two hours from London on the West Coast Line with stops in the cities of Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool.
Once here, the M6 motorway along with the M55, M65, M61 and M58 enable quick and convenient car travel to all corners of the county – in less than an hour from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds you could be exploring our beautiful county which is 80% rural. Local public transport is operated by a range of bus, train and tram providers across the North West.
Work in Lancashire
With 52,000 businesses generating £33.3bn per year, Lancashire has a thriving economy full of opportunities and offers the ideal work/life balance. The county is a recognised world-leader in aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing, energy, and higher education excellence, there are plenty of sectors to make your mark in.
Business and investment opportunities
We’re a county that has already attracted many British and internationally owned businesses, who have re-invested in Lancashire, where a skilled workforce and some of England’s best universities are on hand to support future development and innovation.
Lancashire has a thriving tourism industry with a thriving tourist industry with attractions and places to visit that suit all tastes, along with food and drink from coastal cafes, the best countryside inns and Michelin star dining.
There’s also a superb retail offer with cities and towns like Clitheroe, Lancaster, Ormskirk and Preston combining a great mix of the big names with a lively independent business scene run by locals passionate about what they sell and the areas in which they live.
Housing in Lancashire
Lancashire is a beautiful county with characterful towns and cities amid attractive countryside and coastlines. This diverse landscape, combined with our outstanding performing schools, positions us as an ideal location for attracting people relocating from abroad or from the rest of the UK.
Education and childcare
One thing you’ll hear regularly from people living in Lancashire is that it’s a great place to bring up a family. The nurseries and schools are highly regarded and the facilities and resources available to young people throughout their educational journey are some of the best in the country.
Things to do
You really will be spoilt for choice, whether it’s to enjoy our rich culture and heritage, to take to our coast and hills for fresh-air fun and some of the best outdoor activities around, or to learn why we’re referred to as ‘food & drink country’ thanks to authentic local produce that’s second to none.
We have an abundance of award-winning restaurants, pubs and coffee shops offering superb hospitality, including Moor Hall which holds two Michelin stars, a Michelin Green star, five AA rosettes, and voted ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards