GB Antiques Centre

Polly Checkland Harding
GB Antiques Centre, Lancaster
Courtesy of GB Antiques Centre

Located just out of Lancaster city centre, a little beyond Williamson Park, GB Antiques Centre is worth making a bit of a detour for. Family run for over 30 years, the vast centre hosts 120 individual antiques and collectables dealers, all spread out over 40,000 square feet. Each dealer has their own specialism – including antique furniture, glassware, kitchen paraphernalia, pottery, memorabilia, toys and more, so there should be someone who’s an authority on whatever item you’re looking for. The collection at GB Antiques Centre also spans almost every era, from Edwardian oak furniture right up to recent classics such as Snoopy, the Smurfs and Dr Who.

GB Antiques Centre is named after Gloria Blackburn, who opened the complex with her husband Allan in 1990. The couple had initially aimed to be able to welcome visitors at weekends, as well as running antique fairs. The centre quickly proved popular though, and the Blackburns shifted to being open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day. There’s a small admission fee for visitors, but this includes parking for the day; handy when GB Antiques Centre is part of Lancaster Leisure Park, where you can find a set of other attractions including Lancaster Brewery and the award-winning Countrystyle Meats farm shop. This is also where Lancaster Food and Drink Festival is traditionally held.

Entirely indoors and all on one floor, GB Antiques sets out to be accessible, with wide aisles between the stands. It’s an absolute treasure trove, with everything from paintings to grandfather clocks, perfume bottles to wind up tin toys. Remarkably, it’s also experienced the literal version of the ‘bull in the china shop’ idiom: in 2003, a bull escaped a nearby auction and ventured into GB Antiques Centre through an open loading bay. There’s more than one reason, then, to go with a keen eye – and lots of time on your hands.

Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale RoadLancasterLA1 3LA View map
Telephone: 01524844734 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near GB Antiques Centre

Plunge with Pride
ActivityKendal and Sedbergh, Cumbria
Kendal Pride: Plunge with Pride

Discover how wild swimming in natural waters can reinvigorate you and leave you set up for the day by taking the plunge this Kendal Pride.

free entry

Where to go near GB Antiques Centre

Lancaster Brewery
Lancaster
Bar or Pub
Lancaster Brewery

Brewhouse & tap with an outdoor beer garden. Tours and tasting sessions are also available at this award-winning brewery.

The Dukes, Lancaster
Lancaster
Theatre
The Dukes

Lancashire’s only producing theatre hosts exciting seasons of work featuring new writing and the classics in a converted church in central Lancaster. The Dukes is also a cinema, hosts gigs, talks and other special events, run a youth theatre and is a popular all day cafe bar.

Lancaster
Bar or Pub
Aquila Pizza

You can order online or over the phone to get your pizza fix. With regular deals on multiple pizzas and breads available for delivery and collection across Lancaster and Morecambe mid-week and weekends then keep your eyes on Aquila’s website and social channels.

Lancashire
Restaurant
The Herbarium

This plant-based cafe and bar serves delicious vegan breakfasts and coffees in the day, before transforming into a fantastic dinner venue in ‘Herb after Dark’.

The Grand Theatre in Lancaster
Lancaster
Theatre
The Grand Theatre, Lancaster

First opened in 1782, the theatre is now host to amateur drama, music and dance and professional touring companies. Tours of the historic building are available

Lancashire
Bar or Pub
The Stonewell Tap

The Stonewell Tap is a lively craft beer bar on Church Street, Lancaster, which boasts 16 craft beer taps and 4 real hand-pulled ale pumps.

Filbert's Baker artisan bread in Lancaster
Lancaster
Shop
Filbert’s Bakery

Filbert’s bakery is a family owned bakery that provides delicious fresh bread every morning along with breakfast goods, cakes and savouries.

Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster, Lancashire
Lancaster
Museum
Judges’ Lodgings

The Judges’ Lodgings is the oldest town house in Lancaster, whose exhibitions and events bring the stories of the city to life.

Lancaster
Library
Lancaster Library

Sitting in the heart of Lancaster is the Lancaster Library. When not serving its usual function, this beautiful space is occasionally transformed into an unlikely gig venue.

The Music Room from Atkinsons Coffee Roasters Lancaster
Lancaster
Café or Coffee Shop
The Music Room

The Music Room from Atkinsons Coffee Roasters is a cafe situated on a Grade II listed Georgian pavilion with sun trap outside seating.

Lancaster
Event venue
The Storey Creative Industries Centre

Multi-purpose venue comprising an auditorium and lecture theatre, gallery space, café bar, Visitor Information Centre, hireable meeting rooms and conference/events spaces and private offices.

Culture Guides