The Secret Beer Gardens of Lancaster

by | Jun 16, 2017 | Lancaster, Students

The sun is out and there’s nothing to study for – a perfect day! You won’t want to waste a second of it and what’s the nicest way to enjoy the hot weather than to head over to a beer garden? Whether you’re just looking for a cosy beer garden for a few hours of relaxed time in the sunshine with your friends or a nice place to park your group for the afternoon and evening, you’re sure to find something you like.

Lancaster has many pubs to choose from but you might not know which ones have secret beer gardens you weren’t expecting to find. So, which pubs can you visit in Lancaster that have hidden depths?


Ring O’Bells

Serving lagers, ales, whiskies, and ciders, Ring o’Bells is a historic and traditional pub – it is a Grade II* listed building, after all – located very close to the rail station. Its secret beer garden is a cosy haven, perfect for you to sit down and relax with a pint. With live music, darts, and a pool table, you’re sure to enjoy your time off with your friends.

Where? 52-54 King Street, Lancaster LA1 1RE

The Water Witch

Offering a delicious selection of food, The Water Witch is open all week by the canal. With local space with views across Lancaster canal that you can spend hours in just relaxing and eating the delicious food.

Where? Aldcliffe Road, Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster LA1 1SU

Pendle Witch

The Pendle Witch is a great pub serving both food and drinks with a welcoming atmosphere towards the entire community – including students. Now under new management, they plan to bring in traditional entertainment like pub quizzes, music quizzes, and a DJ.

Where? 90-92 Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN

White Cross

Located in a refurbished 130-year-old cotton mill warehouse, the White Cross is a pub by the canal just five minutes from the city centre. Using local produce for their meals, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in its welcoming environment. Proud participants of the local Beer Festival, their array of beers and ales isn’t to be sniffed at.

Where? Quarry Rd, Lancaster LA1 4XT

Ye Olde John O’Gaunt

An ideal location for live music and real ale, the John O’Gaunt pub is tucked away in a small corner of Lancaster – but the pub itself has a big personality.

Where? 53 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1JG

The Royal Hotel and Bar           

Located in the city centre, the recently refurbished venue with a Grade II listing is a local landmark you just can’t miss. With easy access from bus stops and from the rail station, you can easily pop in after a hard day of shopping or sightseeing in a neighbouring town for a pint.

Where? Thurnham Street, Lancaster LA1 1YD

The Toll House Inn

Located in a Victorian listed building, the Toll House Inn was refurbished in 2015. Maintaining the gorgeous high ceilings and lovely architecture, it provides a welcoming place for pub goers in search of good food.

Where? Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XT

Be sure to stop by one of these pubs if you’re looking for a nice, secret beer garden in Lancaster! If you’re excited about living in a city with a wide range of pubs with beer gardens to chose from, feel free to book a viewing with us to find your perfect room.