Preston was known throughout the United Kingdom as one of the industrial cities, but now it’s changing and attracting tourists of all types. It is a historic place to visit with almost a 1000 years of history, but it’s been over the last few hundred years that Preston became known as an industrial powerhouse of the UK. Over recent years as industry has declined, Preston has had to make a new name for itself and is now better known for it’s busy commerce and tourism.
There are plenty of things to do in Preston with the great selection of shops and thriving markets, but there are other things to do away from the stores.
Avenham Park – a great place to visit in Preston
Within easy reach of the town center, Avenham Park has long been a fine example of Victorian parks. It was designed in 1860 by Edward Milner and has the stunning River Ribble running nearby perfect for a peaceful break away from the shoppers. Also worth a visit is the Japanese Rock Garden and water feature.
Brecon Fell Country Park:
Not too far from Preston is Brecon Fell Country Park, which is a popular weekend getaway for Preston city dwellers. The park is 873 feet above sea level giving it stunning views of Morecambe Bay and even the Isle of Man on a very clear day. Rugged shoes are recommended for exploring the park and seeing the wildlife as you walk around the ponds and through the moorland. The Bowland Visitor Center is a great source for information when you get there to enjoy the 270 acres.
The Ribble Steam Railway
The Ribble Steam Railway is another great destination for all the family where children in particular will enjoy the 1.5 mile ride on the steam train and on towards the new museum. There is a gift shop with a good selection of railway books for enthusiasts and a nearby cafe to relax.The railway is staffed by volunteers meaning that it may not be open all year around but all opening times are on their website.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
The City has a number of museums, but the most well known is the Harris Museum. The complex has collections of fine and decorative art as well as the large art gallery and has free entry. The venue is closed though on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The Harris Museum is located right in the center of Preston in Market Square.
For an inland City Preston used to have a thriving dock area and was one of the largest in the world. Today Preston Docks is a thriving shopping and entertainment center with some good pubs and restaurants. The area is popular on a Summer day with office workers, escaping for an hour and is a pleasant area to unwind within reach of the City center.
Preston has something for everyone, from a night out clubbing to quiet walks next to the river. It’s a great place for shopping and for all the family to enjoy.