Things To Do: Preston

About Preston

Preston, a vibrant city in Lancashire, England, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its rich history, diverse cultural experiences, and beautiful natural landscapes, Preston offers something for everyone. From the stunning architecture of the Harris Museum to the tranquil beauty of Avenham and Miller Parks, the city is a blend of urban life and serene nature. The bustling markets, thriving arts scene, and numerous events throughout the year provide a glimpse into the city’s lively atmosphere.


Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, Preston invites you to explore its unique charm and character. Here are some of the top things to do in Preston:

* Visit the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, where you can explore the history, art and culture of the city and its surroundings. The museum has a variety of exhibitions, events and activities for all ages and interests.

* Enjoy a walk or a bike ride along the Guild Wheel, a 21-mile circular route that connects the city's green spaces, heritage sites and riverside paths. You can also stop by the Brockholes Nature Reserve, a wildlife haven with a floating visitor centre.

* Experience the Preston Markets, where you can find fresh produce, local crafts, antiques and more. The markets are housed in a stunning Victorian canopy and a modern glass box, creating a unique shopping atmosphere.

* Catch a show at the Preston Guild Hall, a multi-purpose venue that hosts live music, comedy, theatre, dance and more. The Guild Hall also has a cinema, a bowling alley and a variety of bars and restaurants.

* Explore Avenham and Miller Parks, two beautiful Victorian parks that are located next to each other along the River Ribble. You can admire the fountains, statues, gardens and bridges, or join one of the many events and festivals that take place throughout the year.



Miller Arcade Preston

Local Attractions

Owl & Bird of Prey Sactuary – One of the UK’s biggest event arenas with upto 21,000 – More Info

Wacky World Preston – Preston's first inflatable park boasts a massive 20,000 sqf space filled with inflatables – More Info

Bowland Wild Boar Park – Family Fun Animal Farm Park in the Ribble Valley – More Info

TeamSport E-Karting – The best in indoor karting with epic multi-level circuits – More Info

Wanderwoods – Harry Potter themes activity park with Crazy Golf, Roller Skating, Soft Play, and more – More Info

Harris Museum & Art Gallery – A treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects – More Info

Samlesbury Hall – Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history – More Info

Lancashire Infantry Museum – The largest regimental military heritage collection in the North of England – More Info

Avenham & Miller Parks – Grade II* parks, a 5 minute walk from the city centre – More Info

Guild Hall & Charter Theatre – Theatre, concert hall and event space in the centre of Preston – More Info

Preston Playhouse Theatre – The Playhouse has been in the business of amateur dramatics since 1949 – More Info

Brockholes Nature Reserve – The iconic floating visitor village or on the 250 acre nature reserve – More Info

Preston Docks – Watch boats at Riversway, Preston's Dock and Marina and have a walk around, taking in the history, steam trains, waterfront living, shops, eateries, pubs and cinema – More Info

British Commercial Vehicle Museum – Everything from the bygone days of horse drawn carriages through to the state of the art power trucks – More Info

Beacon Fell Country Park – Beautiful country park in the Forest of Bowland – More Info

St Walburge's ChurchA stunning church full of history and a lavish interior, with the added bonus of a scenic Spire Climb More Info

Preston Guild Wheel – The Preston Guild Wheel is a 21 mile "Greenway" that encircles the city of Preston – More Info

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum – This heritage attraction connects the story of the north’s industrial railways – More Info

Fishergate Shopping Centre – a bustling retail destination that caters to the diverse shopping needs of locals and visitors alike – More Info

Beer Brothers Brewery – Preston's biggest "micro brewery", producing a wide range of excellent beers – More Info

LEVEL Preston – A great selection of activities, ten pin bowling, laser tag and crazy golf, and more – More Info

Preston Markets – Offering fantastic choice with the Indoor and Outdoor Markets and the ever popular Car Boot and Flea Market – More Info

Preston Indoor Climbing Centre – Offering independent climbing, junior after-school and weekends – More Info

Penwortham Golf Club – Enjoy its undulating, tree-lined fairways and to experience the fantastic golfing dividend – More Info

Alpaca Walking Experience – Meet and greet the beautiful alpacas or take them for a private walk on this working sheep farm – More Info



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