The Shakespeare (Bed and Breakfast) Lancaster The Shakespeare (Bed and Breakfast), 96 St. Leonards Gate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NN

"The Shakespeare is the last survivor of a dozen inns and taverns that lined the ancient route of St Leonards Gate into the city of Lancaster."

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The Shakespeare

96 St. Leonards Gate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NN
Telephone: 01524 841041
Shakespeare Bed and Breakfast, 4K

The Shakespeare is the last survivor of a dozen inns and taverns that lined the ancient route of St Leonards Gate into the city of Lancaster. It serviced the shipyards and their associated maritime industries when Lancaster was a bustling sea port at the end of the 18thC together with the travellers and coaching services moving up and down the country for whom a stop at Lancaster was essential until the advent of railways made a nights stop less of a necessity.

Shakespeare Bed and Breakfast, Lancaster, 12K
The Shakespeare Circa 1790

The Shakespeare features in business registers and church records of the Georgian era, and the name reflects the early importance of the Grand Theatre, (now the third oldest working theatre in the country) which first opened across the road in 1782, and where Mrs Sarah Siddons performed in many of the Shakespearean tragedies (and where her ghost has lived on ever since).


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Lancaster Heritage



Today The Shakespeare is a rather more sedate seven-roomed Bed and Breakfast, close to the heart of Lancaster's city centre, with The Grand and The Dukes' theatres within two minutes walk and a dozen excellent eating places within five minutes on foot.

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The Shakespeare today



For those visiting Lancaster University the main bus station is less than 3 minutes walk and the railway station within ten minutes of the city's pedestrianised centre. The convenience of these services makes The Shakespeare an ideal base for day trips to the Lake District, or enjoying the easier walking along the Lancaster Canal, besides visiting Williamson Park and Lancaster's City and Maritime museums.

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The Guests' Sitting Room
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The Breakfast Room


For over two centuries The Shakespeare has aimed to make every guests stay as pleasant and as comfortable as possible, and the same tradition is carried forward today as strongly as ever.

The Shakespeare offers 2 single, 2 twin and 3 double rooms at prices from £35 per person per night. All rooms are ensuite.

Shakespeare Bed and Breakfast, Lancaster, 8K
Typical First Floor Double Room
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Twin / Double Room Upper Mezzanine Floor
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Twin Room - Top Floor



Road Directions

From the M6 jct 34, follow the A6 into Lancaster city centre, when the two-way traffic becomes a one-way system get into the left-hand lane and after negotiating the slow left-hand bend between North Road and Rosemary Lane, turn immediately left at the junction ahead into St Leonard Gate - The Shakespeare is 150 yards up on the left-hand side.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Lancaster. Minimum taxi fare approximately £3.00. On foot follow signs to the city centre down Meeting House Lane, straight on down Market Street, left into Cheapside, right into Church Street, straight over at the Stonewell crossroads and The Shakespeare is ahead, 150 yards along on the left.


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