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From historic links to Thomas Arkwright and the Industrial Revolution to those involving Preston North End, Sir Tom Finney and the Football League, there’s plenty to savour in Preston.
Wander through Avenham & Miller Parks and Winckley Square to get a taste of the city centre’s green spaces, wildlife habitats and play areas.
From there you can also head off around the Guild Wheel too, in a city boasting more than 160 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Alternatively, wallow in the Harris Museum’s monument to ‘Literature, Arts and Science’, one of six city museums.
There’s much to marvel at the docks and marina as well, revitalised in recent years but no less historic, giving a further nod to that past heritage – from steam trains and boating to waterfront living, shopping, eateries, pubs and cinema.
Sample Preston’s reputation as Lancashire’s shopping destination, offering two shopping centres and numerous high street brands - yet all relatively compact and easy to explore – and you can soak up the awe-inspiring architecture too, not least the Victorian splendour of the Miller Arcade.
It’s not just about famous high-street names and brands. Preston offers bustling indoor and outdoor markets, fresh Lancashire produce, and a variety of boutique and independent shops, many with a long, proud history of their own.
There’s no need to head off home when you’ve meandered around the shops. Why not sample the quality traditional and international fare on offer at restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and tea shops.
Preston’s Purple Flag Award also promises quality entertainment and a safe, vibrant night out, with its bars, pubs and clubs, theatre, dance, arts, comedy and live music a great draw.
While Preston’s Guild celebrations famously only happen once every 20 years, there’s always something going on in this proud city.
A variety of events take place throughout the seasons – and from traditional events like the Easter Egg Rolling in Avenham & Miller Parks to the Summer and Winter Festival’s taking in art, theatre, dance and music, ensure there is plenty to flock to Preston for.
So make sure you head to Preston, and experience the Guild City.