The town appears in the Domesday Book as Cherestanc, which is believed to mean ‘Land with a pole’. It became Garstang in around 1195 and
King Charles II is reputed to have spent a night in a Garstang pub during the English Civil War.
Greenhalgh Castle was built in 1490 by the First Earl of Derby on land said to have been given to him by his stepson Henry Tudor in thanks for helping secure victory in the Battle of Bosworth Field. The castle was partially demolished by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1645 and stones from the ruins have been used in buildings around the town. Garstang’s town hall in the High Street was first built in 1680 and has burned down twice. Garstang Arts Centre is the focal point for local arts of all types, and is home to Garstang and District Arts Society. The society offers a huge variety of arts, with free lunchtime concerts in the summer and regular Arts, Craft and Collectors Fairs as well as performances, exhibitions, productions and public events. The Lancaster Canal, Britain’s longest lock-free section of canal, crosses the river Wyre at Garstang. There are some At one time there were 15 pubs and inns in Garstang and while some of those have now gone, there are still plenty of places to enjoy a drink, whether you want locally brewed craft ales, fine wines and spirits, or a warming cup of tea or coffee. For a small town, Garstang has more than its fair share of cafes, restaurants and delis, many of which have embraced the town’s Fairtrade ethos.