It has only been known as Morecambe since the late 19th century, having coalesced from the three villages of Poulton-le-Sands, Bare and Torrisholme.
The seafront gives wonderful views across the bay to the mountains of the Lake District.
Along the seafront are a number of excellent works of art, including a statue of the great comedian Eric Morecambe, who was born here and took his stage name from the town.
The walk across Morecambe Bay is extremely hazardous and life threatening, but is perfectly safe so long as one is accompanied by the official Queen's Guide, a position dating from the 14th century. The present holder is Cedric Robinson.
An important industry in the bay is the gathering of shellfish. In 2004, a party of 21 Chinese cocklepickers were drowned while not being properly supervised.
Nearby is the port of Heysham, from which ships go to Ireland.
Morecambe was the birthplace not only of Eric Morecambe, but also the actress Thora Hird.