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A Snapshot into.. Lancashire

  • January 11, 2021

Lancashire County is situated on the North West of England and is famous for its hills, coastal towns and busy urban city centres. The county was established in 1183 and it has a population of 1.460 million. It is home to Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Blackburn, Morecambe and Ormskirk.

The county is situated next to Manchester and Liverpool and so, it offers plenty of scope for commuters.

The NHS in Lancashire

The Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Trust provides a wide range of general hospital services to 370,000 people from the Chorley, South Ribble and Preston areas, and several specialist services to around 1.5 million people from Lancashire and South Cumbria. 

They are a regional specialist centre for :

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is made up of a dynamic group of 7000 individuals, who work collaboratively across a range of roles and services.

Facts about Lancashire

  • The first motorway in the UK was built around Preston and opened in 1958.
  • Preston is the second biggest bus station in Europe and is now a Grade II listed building.
  • Blackpool is the most popular seaside resort in the UK.
  • The famous Blackpool illuminations have been on display since 1879. The free light show uses over a million bulbs and runs from early August until late November each year.

Cost of living in Lancashire


One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre

£516 a month

One-bedroom apartment Outside of the City Centre

£373 a month

Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre

£825 a month

Three-bedroom apartment Outside of the City Centre

£612 a month


1L Petrol


One-way public transport ticket


Monthly public transport ticket


5-mile taxi journey



Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub


Two tickets to the cinema


Two tickets to the theatre




1 beer in the neighbourhood pub


One month of gym membership in business district


The time it takes to travel to other UK cities from Lancashire

London – 2 hour 11 minutes

Birmingham – 1 hour 40 minutes

Manchester – 37 minutes

Bristol – 3 hours 25 minutes

Cardiff – 3 hours 39 minutes

Leeds – 1 hour 50 minutes

Edinburgh - 2 hours 33 minutes

Education in Lancashire

Lancashire is home to three universities: Lancaster University, University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and the Lancashire Campus of the University of Cumbria.

Lancashire University was ranked the 9th in the UK and the best in the North West in The Complete University Guide 2017 league table. The survey was based on student satisfaction, research quality and intensity, student-staff radio, good honours degrees achieved, graduate prospects and completion.

The best things to do in Lancashire

  1. Visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach – one of England’s favourite holiday resorts, enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year for its sandy beach and attractions such as Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Sea Life Centre.
  2. Visit Morecame Bay Seaside Resort – Famous for its beautiful bay, water sports and entertainment, this area is one of the most important wildlife sites in Europe and the second largest bay in Britain – a haven for birds and marine life.
  3. Visit Lancaster Castle – As well as being a fortification, the Castle was also Europe’s longest-serving operational prison until its closure in March 2011.
  4. Visit the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – It will provide you with dramatic sky, open moorland, lowlands, dry stone walls and picturesque farms and villages.

Relocation to Lancashire

If you are an international doctor and you need support with relocating to Lancashire or any other UK location, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to the UK today.

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References (2019). Cost of Living in Preston. [online] Available at: (2019). Moving to Lancashire - Zoopla. [online] Available at: 

Hospitals, L., 2021. About Us. [online] Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Available at: <> [Accessed 11 January 2021].


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