Historic Downtown Lancaster, PA

Lancaster
Historic Downtown Lancaster

Capital of the Colonies for just a single day, this central district offers a fascinating trip through American Revolutionary history.

With a thriving market and an active theater from the 1700s, Historic Downtown Lancaster has some of the oldest architecture and institutions in the U.S. Recognizable by its redbrick layout, the district is packed with cultural highlights and activities. Piece together the city’s exceptional history on your visit to Historic Downtown Lancaster.

Learn about Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish cultures by speaking with various stallholders in the Central Market, near City Hall and the Lancaster County Convention Center. Pick up traditional cheeses, meats and other products from Pennsylvania in this indoor market, which dates back to the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest continuously operating markets.

In the Demuth Museum, study paintings by Charles Demuth. The site features a rotating exhibit of Demuth’s collection in his former studio.

Stroll through the center of the district and admire historic homes, such as the 18th-century Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House.

The city is known as the birthplace of the Pennsylvania long rifle and the Conestoga wagon. Note that it was also the site of the Lancaster Treaty of 1744, which resolved a territorial dispute between the Colonies and the Iroquois nation.

As you wander down the central avenue, check out the boutiques and trendy cafés. Attend a concert, theatrical performance, lecture or poetry recital in the Ware Center of Millersville University. Bring your family to watch a children’s show, musical or play in the historic Fulton Theatre, which stands on the site of a former jail. Admire the redbrick façade of Historic St. Mary’s Church and marvel at its ornate interior.

Arrive at the Lancaster train station and walk south for about 10 minutes to reach the northern end of Historic Downtown Lancaster. Just outside the district, you’ll find other attractions such as Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Community Park and Lancaster County Central Park.

Historic Downtown Lancaster has a string of surprises, with some of the nation’s most interesting historic attractions.


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The Urban Equine (with murphy bed and parking)
The Urban Equine (with murphy bed and parking)
Lancaster, PA
The price is $68 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Demuth Museum and Central Market. Lancaster County Convention ...
The Urban Equine (with murphy bed and parking)
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
3.5 out of 5
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
The price is $119 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Market and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin & Marshall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"My Daughter and I had a girls night and stayed here 11/23. The hotel itself was spacious, conveniently located and clean, but the amenities were disappointing. My Daughter wanted a snack at night, but we could only find one vending machine with 5 different drink options, no food. The Starbucks that ..."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Holiday Inn Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
26 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA
The price is $104 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House and Central Market. Lancaster County Convention ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (374 reviews)
"The hotel was very clean and the room was comfortable. The staff was very nice and helpful. The only bad thing we experienced was the manager was very rude."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Holiday Inn Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
Sycamore Downtown Vista
Sycamore Downtown Vista
Lancaster, PA
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Hole in The Wall Puppet Theater and Central Market. Lancaster ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Perfect!
"My husband, 3 daughters (ages 23, 20 & 17), my father-in-law, and I visited Lancaster for 2 nights to attend a wedding being held at the Excelsior. The location and size of the rental was perfect!!! We were able to walk to restaurants, stores and the Central Market."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Sycamore Downtown Vista
private room in home
private room in home
Lancaster, PA
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Lancaster County Convention Center and Central Market. Franklin & Marshall ...
private room in home
Cartoon Network Hotel
Cartoon Network Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA
The price is $109 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dutch Wonderland, Tanger Outlets Lancaster, and Amish Farm and House. American Music Theatre ...
3.9/5 Good! (323 reviews)
"First time here and me and my kids and they dad loved it we came from the city did the pool took them to arcade brought some gifts and hung out in activity zone"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Cartoon Network Hotel
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