A small city in the north of England, Preston Lancashire is home to history, culture and everything in between.
So, if you’re in search of somewhere to enjoy a weekend break, why not visit Preston?
Visit Preston Lancashire
Take a read of 13 reasons why you should visit Preston this year…
1) Preston serves a delicious breakfast
What better way to start a day of exploring than a delicious breakfast? The humble city of Preston is home to some fantastic spots for brunch and breakfast.
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Whether you fancy pancakes topped with indulgent chocolate or the perfect poached egg, local favourites such as Town House Coffee and Brew Bar are well worth a visit.
2) The city is enriched by local history
Market Square, best known as the Flag Market is a historic spot in the heart of Preston. The picturesque square is home to spectacular listed buildings and fascinating wartime history.
The square features a memorial erected in remembrance of the Preston Pals, a brave group of local men who fought in World War 1 and most famously, the Battle of Somme.
3) Not forgetting, breathtaking architecture
From the Grade I listed Harris Museum to the Grade II listed Old Post Office, you’ll discover breathtaking architecture when you visit Preston Lancashire. The Harris Museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day.
Meanwhile, the Old Post Office is set to open its doors once again as The Shankly Hotel Preston. Prestonians are also very proud of Preston Bus Station, constructed in Brutalist architectural style.
4) You’ll find plenty of bars and pubs!
Whatever the weather, you’ll find plenty of spots to enjoy a drink in Preston Lancashire. Explore stylish cocktail bars including the ReView, The Rabbit Hole at 1842 or Lofty’s Cocktail Emporium.
When the sun is out, we recommend catching some rays in one of Preston’s scenic beer gardens. The Plungington, The Guild and New Continental are fantastic places for a sun-kissed tipple.
5) And afternoon tea is served in style…
If you’re planning to visit Preston with your other half or your family, why not enjoy their company over afternoon tea in Preston Lancashire?
Choose from towers of delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches served traditionally at The Walled Garden or with an indulgent twist at Bread & Butter.
6) You’ll fall in love with Samlesbury Hall
Those who love visiting England’s stately homes will fall head over heels for Samlesbury Hall. Built in 1325, the picturesque hall is stunning both inside and out. The grand manor house has been magnificently preserved, while its enchanting grounds are home to manicured lawns, working animals and a children’s play area.
Preston’s self-confessed ‘haven for history lovers’ invites you to step back in time and enjoy a free family day out that transports you back in time. Discover medieval history, haunted happenings and Samlesbury’s chilling witchcraft trials.
7) Preston Lancashire is the home of football
Preston North End were the first champions of the very first season of the national football league in September 1888. Football is a deeply rooted part of the city’s history, with Preston North End players Bill Shankly and Tom Finney regarded as icons of the beautiful game.
Football fans won’t want to miss a visit to see ‘The Splash’ sculpture, which was built to immortalize 1956’s ‘sports photo of the year’. The famous photograph of Sir Tom Finney shows the player aqua-planing at Stamford Bridge.
8) Visit Preston for football memorabilia
Set to open its doors in 2019, The Shankly Hotel Preston will invite football fans to enjoy exclusive Bill Shankly and Preston North End memorabilia at The Carriage Bar & Restaurant. Offering an immersive experience, the city’s new hotel is good enough reason itself to visit Preston Lancashire.
You can look forward to luxury wining and dining as you enjoy this immersive restaurant experience in Preston’s iconic Old Post Office. A heritage treasure of the city, this unique spot will offer visitors a real taste of local history.
9) Or enjoy a show in Preston at the theatre
Preston Lancashire plays host to a wide range of theatre productions throughout the year. From plays featuring local talent, to touring musicals, tribute nights, ballets and concerts, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Preston.
Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre and Preston Playhouse Theatre are great for enjoying an evening out in the city. So when you visit Preston, don’t forget to check out what’s on before your stay.
10) Level will keep visitors of all ages happy!
A popular reason to visit Preston, Level is the ultimate spot for a day of family fun. The entertainment centre offers activities such as laser tag and crazy golf to karaoke, ten pin bowling, and the Daredevil Assault Course.
When it’s time for a bite to eat, Level serves up everything from burgers and pizzas to delicious sharing platters. Not forgetting, you can wash it all down with a well earned drink in the bar area!
11) Preston Lancashire is beautifully green
One of the best things about Preston Lancashire is that visitors can enjoy the perfect blend of city life and greenery. Avenham & Miller Parks are beautiful spaces to enjoy a scenic walk in Preston during your visit.
The Grade II listed area of parkland dates back to the Victorian era, with expansive greenery to stop off for a picnic, a tranquil Japanese garden or historic statues and sights. The park is also home to a children’s play area and The Pavilion Cafe for the perfect family day out.
12) Preston’s markets are well worth a browse
Following an exciting restoration, Preston’s stylish indoor Market Hall is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the city. Brew + Bake is one of our favourite independents in the hall, serving fantastic coffee, delicious toasties and sweet treats that are freshly baked for you.
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In the restored 1875 Market Canopy, you can browse Preston’s best-loved traders, selling a collection of clothes, books, candles, gifts, plants, pet supplies and much more! What better spot to pick up a thoughtful gift or keepsake?
13) Preston Lancashire is known for butter pie!
Preston’s humble butter pie is a local delicacy and match day favourite at Deepdale Stadium. The indulgent comfort food is filled with potatoes, onion and butter!
When you visit Preston, your trip wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the tasty treat for yourself. Preston’s butter pie is a great winter warmer but enjoyed all year round.
14) Visit Preston for Brockholes Nature Reserve
Brockholes Nature Reserve is the perfect family day out. Explore 250 acres as you enjoy woodland walks, the floating Visitor Village and wildlife viewing points to spot adorable animals.
Home to hundreds of species, you could spot birds, cattle, hares, voles, deer, squirrels, dormice and everything in between! This is the ultimate day out for nature lovers.
15) And why not stay at The Shankly Preston?
Last but not least, we may be a little bias, but The Shankly Preston is a good enough excuse to pay a visit to Preston Lancashire! Stay within the historic walls of the Old Post Office and enjoy luxury hotel amenities.
Signature Living‘s new hotel development is certain to offer something special, and we can’t welcome you for an unforgettable stay in Preston Lancashire. Before the hotel opens, why not get to know our Senior Mangement staff?