Preston is a city offering plenty to any visitor, including museums, entertainment and ample shopping, along with lovely city parks and a wealth of surrounding countryside to explore. If you’re looking for an evening at the theatre, you can visit the Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, where you can see musicals, dance, drama, comedy and music, along with many other events. For dining out, there’s something to suit everyone, with a large variety of restaurants in the city, and you’ll find a good range of bars and pubs for a lively night out.
Shopping in the city offers a huge choice, which includes St. George’s Shopping Centre and the Fishergate Shopping Centre with large ranges of stores for all your needs. For business in the city, among the conference venues are the Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre and the University of Central Lancashire, and for air travel the nearest international airports are Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Preston Car Hire
Wherever you are in Preston, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Preston car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are a few ideas for places to visit while in Preston:
Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Housed in a beautiful 19th century Neo-Classical building, this Museum and Art Gallery has absorbing collections which include fine art, with paintings by artists such as J M W Turner, contemporary art, textiles, clothing, ceramics, historic stamps and greetings cards. There are also archaeological artefacts including ancient skulls from humans and animals, ancient Egyptian and Greek exhibits.
Near Preston is this elegant 16th century fortified house where visitors can look around the rooms which include the impressive Banqueting Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery, and explore the dungeons and well house. There is also a captivating Dolls’ House collection on display here, and you can enjoy the charming Grade II listed gardens.
Museum of Lancashire
Here you can see extensive collections displaying the history of Lancashire, including archaeological, industrial, natural and Wartime exhibits. Artefacts include ancient Roman exhibits, Stone Age weapons, costumes worn by famous Lancashire actors, and there’s also a Victorian classroom and First World War trench.
This is a picturesque Grade II listed park in the city where you can come and relax in the serenity of the surroundings and enjoy such features as the Belvedere Pavilion, the riverside walk, bridges and Japanese rock garden with attractive flowers, plants and water features.
Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park
Not far from Preston, this Park offers a lovely day out for all the family, with an assortment of animals to see, such as wild boar, llamas, raccoons, meerkats, goats and deer, and perhaps get to feed some of them. Children will enjoy the pedal tractors, along with tractor and barrel rides, and you can all take a walk through the the woodlands and along the riverside.
Ribble Steam Railway
Here you can step back in time and see a large and varied collection of enchanting steam and diesel locomotives, along with carriages and wagons. During the summer weekends the Railway offers charming rides to visitors on the steam trains along the railway, providing a lovely way of seeing the local area.
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