Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms Emporium

Assembly Rooms Emporium

The Assembly Rooms Emporium occupies a lovely 18th century Grade II listed heritage building.

The building is home to an Aladdin's cave of authentic period, vintage and alternative clothing and accessories, antiques and collectables, books and jigsaws, arts and crafts (including traditional Chinese crafts), and alternative gifts and home-made jewellery.  You will also find a range of Asian food and drinks on offer.

Current traders include Assembled Books, The Emporium and Chinese Crafts in Lancaster. 

You'll find Thrift’n’Shout in the room at the rear of the emporium with an eye catching range of men and women’s vintage and retro clothing and accessories.

NEW to the Assembly Rooms we welcome The Live Wire Cafe offering freshly prepared food and drink and Celtic Dreams, selling hand-crafted sterling silver Celtic jewellery and vintage and antique jewellery. 

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General Opening hours 

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4.30pm
  • We are closed on all Bank Holidays

About the Assembly Rooms

Built in 1759, this Grade II listed building provided a venue for balls and concerts for Lancaster’s elite and raised money to support the adjoining Almshouses.

The building is located in historic Lancaster's city centre just a short distance away from the Marketgate Shopping Centre and local Georgian gems including the City Museum in Market Square and the Maritime Museum on St. George's Quay and not forgetting the magnificent Lancaster Castle.

How to find us

Address:  Assembly Rooms Emporium, King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN

By car:  Leave the M6 at junction 33 or 34 and follow the signs for Lancaster city centre. Follow the signs to Lancaster railway station and the Assembly Rooms Emporium is on the left hand side a short distance away from Waterstones.  There are a number of car parks in the city centre.

By train:  Lancaster's mainline train station is only a 5 minute walk away.  From the station, head down into the town and turn right at Waterstones. You will find the Assembly Rooms Emporium just a hundred metres or so away on the right hand side.

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