Lancaster is a vibrant university city with a wealth of history. A Roman Fort was built here in 80AD, and today the Castle which was built by the Normans around 1,000 years ago takes pride of place on the same hill overlooking the city. As well as being the county town of Lancashire, the city has been of importance through the years, especially as a port during the 18th century when it figured significantly in the Slave trade. Its cobbled streets are lined with smart, Georgian stone houses filled with lively shops, bars and restaurants.