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Take a Look Inside Preston’s Historic Old Post Office

Curious about the renovation process behind The Shankly Preston? Head down to the Old Post Office on Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September for an exclusive chance to see what we’ve been getting up to inside the famous building!

Some of Preston’s best-loved and most historic buildings will be opening their doors to the public as part of a nation-wide event between the 8 and 9 September, giving you a glimpse of architectural gems and hidden interiors around the city for free. From the beautiful Fulwood Mosque to the local rubbish depot, there’s a vast array of properties taking part in the city’s Heritage Open Days weekend. Here’s everything you need to know…

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Bringing together 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and a staggering 40,000 volunteers, the event sees buildings across the country throw open their doors to the public and celebrate their community, culture and heritage.

Established in 1994, the Open Days are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn and explore architectural treasures and community venues in their local area.

What buildings can you see in Preston?

This year, 28 buildings in Preston are open for exploration, with many running tours throughout the weekend.

Highlights include the Fulwood Mosque (Masjid e Salaam) on Watling Street Road, where you can enjoy a tour that includes the story of early South Asian migrants to Preston, as well as a chance to see the council chambers at the Grade-II listed Town Hall in the city.

The Mosque is open 10am to 5pm on both days. Tours for the Town Hall are running at 10am and 11:30am on Saturday 8 September.

Other unusual buildings opening their doors include the Preston Cleaning Department, which is running tours on Sunday 9 September at 10am, 11am and 1pm and Preston Playhouse, open Sunday 9 September between 10am and 4pm.

Other buildings taking part include: Avenham and Miller Park; Church Cottage Museum; Fishwick Bottoms; Fulwood Mosque; Harris Museum Art Gallery and Library; Haslam Park; Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory; Lancashire Archives; Lancashire Conservation Studios; Preston Minster; The Old Post Office (Shankly Hotel); Preston Dock and Riversway Control Centre; Preston Markets; Preston Masonic Hall; Preston Railway Station; Preston Town Hall; St Michael and All Angels Church; St Walburge’s Church; St Wilfrid’s Church; Winckley Square Gardens; Moor Park; St George’s Church; St Peter’s Church and Arts Centre; Preston Cemetery; Preston Cleansing Department and Preston Playhouse.

The Old Post Office

Completed in 1903, the Old Preston Head Post Office is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Designed by Sir Henry Tanner, it was officially opened on 24 August 1903 and served as the main post office for Preston until 2005.

Today, the 115-year old Post Office is on its way to being fully restored and transformed into a luxury hotel by Signature Living. Set to open in April 2019, plans are well underway at the historic property.

But before you step inside The Shankly Preston next year, we want to give you one final chance to see the derelict building before it is transformed. Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, you will be able to have a look at the inside of the historic building and see how our renovations are getting on.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to experience the building before it is put back into use and learn about the importance of regenerating landmark buildings for the 21st century.

The Shankly Preston

Opening next year, The Shankly will be Preston’s brand new luxury hotel in the heart of the city.

With stunning bedroom suites, a beautiful bar and restaurant, an exclusive Shankly museum filled with memorabilia and a beautiful weddings and events space, the hotel celebrates the building’s heritage and creates a usable landmark building for the people of Preston once more.

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A visualisation of what the rooms will be like in The Shankly Preston

At Signature Living, we’re famous for providing guests with an extraordinary experiences and The Shankly Preston will be no different. Preserving the DNA of a building is integral to our restorations: we see value in maintaining historic buildings, while also giving them a new lease of life for the modern world.

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A visualisation of how The Shankly Preston reception will look

So while the Old Post Office might have a new name, we’ll ensure the period features and historic past of the building aren’t lost.

We look forward to seeing you at the weekend! For future news, updates and offers at The Shankly Preston, make sure you’re following our Facebook page