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Preston Guild City

Visiting Preston

Preston makes a great day out with plenty of things to do and see for all the family. From relaxing leisure and cultural experiences to adventurous outdoor activities, this thriving Northern city has much to offer both visitors and residents alike.

A premier Lancashire shopping destination

Preston Guild City has a growing reputation as one of Lancashire’s premier shopping destinations with plenty of retail options to tickle your fancy. On visiting the city, you can appreciate the awe-inspiring architecture, not least the Victorian splendour of the Miller Arcade – perfect for a spot of retail therapy amongst decadent surroundings.

It’s not just about famous high-street names and brands either, Preston offers indoor and outdoor markets, fresh Lancashire produce, and a variety of boutique and independent shops, many with a long, proud history of their own all in a relatively compact setting.

It’s a multi-cultural city too with international fare on offer at a variety of restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and tea shops.

Soak up some culture

Alternatively, if you’re looking to soak up some culture, then why not take advantage of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. Situated in the heart of the city, this striking Grade 1 listed building houses an impressive array of historic artefacts and art pieces. Venture a few minutes outside the centre and you will find a number of other interesting museums to satisfy your cultural appetite.

There are also so many historic links such as Thomas Arkwright and the Industrial Revolution and those involving Preston North End, Sir Tom Finney and the Football League.

Go outdoors with award winning locations

If the great outdoors is your thing, then wander through the city centre’s award winning Avenham and Miller Parks to get a taste of the city’s 500 hectares of green spaces, wildlife habitats, play areas and allotments. Or head off around the Guild Wheel, in a city offering more than 160 miles of public footpaths and bridleways.

There’s much to marvel at Preston Docklands and Riversway Marina too, revitalised in recent years but no less historic– from steam trains and boating to waterfront living, shopping, eateries, pubs and cinema.

Flying the flag for a quality night out

There’s no need to head off home at the end of day with Preston’s purple flag award promising quality entertainment and a safe, vibrant night out - its bars, pubs and clubs, theatre and live music, dance and comedy a great draw, all part of that whole Guild City experience.