Travel to Preston
A former industrial city that's full of character, Preston has plenty of attractions to keep you busy throughout your stay – from Victorian architecture and fabulous museums, to shopping, theatre and loads of parks and green space. To help stretch your budget as far as possible, book yourself a car share to get there in the first place – that way you'll have plenty left in your wallet to enjoy everything this lively northern city has to offer!
Soak up some culture in historic Preston
Start your visit with a stroll along the Fishergate in the city centre to admire the city's grand architecture, including the towering spire of St Walburge's Church and the handsome Georgian buildings on Winckley Square
– and perhaps grab a coffee and a bite to eat at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
Experience more of the city's past at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery
, which is itself located in one of Preston's oldest buildings and is packed full of artwork, textiles and other fascinating artefacts, as well as the Museum of Lancashire
, which offers a dynamic view of the county's history. Or take a ride on a steam train through the historic Preston Docks at the Ribble Steam Railway Museum
Parks, shopping and more
For a relaxing day out, head to one of Preston's many nature reserves, or chill out in the historic Avenham and Miller Parks in the city centre. From here you can also embark on the Guild Wheel
– 21 miles of walking and cycling paths that encircle the city.
Fancy some retail therapy instead? Head to the Fishergate, the main shopping district in the city centre, which includes the shiny new Fishergate Shopping Centre
. Preston also has indoor and outdoor Victorian markets, and loads of smaller boutiques and independent shops if you're looking for something really unique.If you time your visit well, you may even catch the celebrations associated with Preston's Guild
– a civic gathering held every 20 years that has been taking place since medieval times!
Commute to Preston
If you're thinking about commuting to Preston from Manchester
or other nearby cities, why not consider a lift share to make your journey more pleasant? Not only will you save money by getting a ride to Preston, but you'll meet new people from the local area and could end up with some great new friends!