There has been significant interest in Morecambe ever since ITV sensation The Bay exploded onto our screens. Indeed, searches for the Lancaster town increased by 71% and were up 149% from the previous years. And the reason why is quite simple, really. The Bay allowed people to see the beauty of Morecambe and all it entailed. But if you’re serious about moving to this seaside spot, what should you expect? That’s what we’re finding out with this guide moving to Morecambe.
A brief history of Morecambe
The first use of the name Morecambe first appeared in 1771, after historian John Whitaker included it in his History of Manchester book. Yet, it wasn’t until 1889 that the name was officially used to describe the Lancaster town it represents today.
Where is Morecambe
Morecambe is a seaside town in the city of Lancaster and the county of Lancashire. It’s located on the southern coast of Morecambe Bay and is near the Lake District, Blackpool and the Forest of Bowland.
Moving to Morecambe
Broadway is arguably the most prestigious and sought-after road in Morecambe, with detached and semi-detached homes. Middleton, just five miles south of the centre, is also popular with a mixture of brand new and older homes.
Buying in Morecambe
The average sold price in Morecambe is £175,377, which is much lower than the UK national average of £329,547. Expect to pay an average of £268,791 for a detached home, £135,713 for a terraced house and £106,181 for an apartment.
There’s a varied selection of estate and letting agents in Morecambe, with chain and independent options available to help you find a home.
Renting in Morecambe
One-bedroom homes rent for an average of £500 per month in Morecambe, with two-bedroom properties fetching in the region of £650 per month. For larger homes, expect to pay an average of £750 per month.
Cost of living
If you’re moving to Morecambe, you can expect to pay similar prices to the UK national average when it comes to everyday living. A meal for one person is around £13, while a cappuccino and a pint of milk cost about £2.50 and £0.85p respectively.
Utility bills are considerably higher than national average (UK average £155) in Morecambe, at around £188 per month for electricity, heating, cooling, water and waste disposal. Expect to pay around £28 per month for broadband.
Living in Morecambe
With the Lake District just 20 miles away, you’re never far from the beauty of nature and can enjoy long strolls, hikes and cycling trails. Being a seaside town, Morecambe also offers plenty of scenic beachside walks.
You’ll find direct trains taking you into Lancaster and Leeds, plus connecting services to London Euston (journey time around 2hrs and 30min). Morecambe is located about five miles from the M6, meaning motorists have good travel links.
As a small town, Morecambe isn’t awash with shopping areas. Still, the centre has a good mix of chain favourites and independents. The Arndale Shopping Centre is a popular spot for many, while those looking for something a bit more lowkey enjoy browsing The Old Pier Book Shop.
Morecambe is becoming an increasingly popular holiday town, which means many restaurants now serve the area. With menus featuring English/European steak, chicken and fish dishes and a range of authentic plates from Greece.
For anyone looking for nights out that go on until the early hours of the morning, Blackpool is around 40 miles away and a popular weekend destination.
Art & culture
It won’t come as a surprise to learn that a seaside town has plenty of maritime history, and you can discover it first-hand at the Lancaster Maritime Museum. Housed in an 18th-century shipbuilding, the museum provides a detailed history of Lancaster and Morecambe’s relationship with the ocean.
Things to do
Lancaster Castle should be on the list for anyone who wants to discover historical sights. The Venus and Cupid sculpture is also a notable landmark in the area and well worth a snap or two with the camera.
What’s not to like?
Morecambe is still very much in the “up and coming” bracket, so it might not be for those looking for an already-established. There’s also an increasing number of holiday homes popping up to service its newfound popularity.
Who lives there?
Morecambe has a population of just 33,000 and a median age of 32.
Typical broadband speeds
The average broadband speed is 62mbps in Morecambe, which is around the same as the UK national average of 67mbpsr than the UK national average of 67mbps.
The overall crime rate in Morecambe averages around 106 crimes per 1,000 people.
Moving to Morecambe
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Last Updated: May 4th, 2022