Take a Break in Preston

take-a-break-in-prestonPreston is another attraction in the area that is just waiting to be discovered. Many people choose to travel there on a day trip from the vibrant city of Manchester as Preston lies just north of Manchester, in the county of Lancashire, on the River Ribble. However, the town is so enchanting that many people decide to spend several days getting to know Preston and the surrounding area. Once an industrial town which played a central role in the industrial revolution in the 19th century, it has now re-invented itself as one of Lancashire’s foremost cultural centers.

To find out more about the history of Preston, visit the highly recommended Harris Museum and Art Gallery, which has exhibits tracing Preston’s history and culture along with displays of art, sculpture and ceramics. Next door is a large Greek Revivalist-style building built in 1882 which plays host to visiting exhibitions and workshops. Next to the museum is Flag Market, the venue for many summer outdoor events and competitions such as the annual city Criers Competition, street theater and a historical fair.

There are plenty of historical buildings in Preston including the tallest building in the town, the Grade 1 listed St Walburges Church, built in 1854 by Joseph Hanson. Other places of historical interest include the 16th-century Hoghton Tower, Samlesbury Hall and the Museum of Lancashire. There are also plenty of parks and green spaces to relax and stroll in, including Miller and Avenham parks, located on the banks of the river.

The old docks have been transformed into a trendy shopping area and marina which hosts the annual Maritime Festival. There is some dramatic and beautiful countryside close to Preston including Beacon Fell County Park, the Forest of Bowland and the Ribble Valley. The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, areas of outstanding natural beauty, are only a short dive from Preston.