Step aside from the hustle and bustle of Fishergate, Preston’s main high street, and you will discover a treasure trove of independent shops pocketed away down quaint side streets. Here, you will find an eclectic mix of cafes, salons, jewellers and boutiques selling unique items and one-offs - from fashion, through to homeware and handcrafted gifts.
Cannon Street, off the main thoroughfare of Fishergate, makes a particularly intriguing place to visit with its fair share of boutiques and quirky cafes - specialising in a range of food and refreshments, from cupcakes to specialist teas, with some regularly holding cultural events.
Guild Hall Street
Situated approximately half way down Fishergate is Guild Hall Street. Here, you will find a selection of offbeat retailers from a health food store and tattooist, through to an independent fashion boutique and interesting eats including classic cafés.
Linking the high street with Winckley Square, Preston’s elegant Georgian legal and profession quarter, is Winckley Street. This beautiful period style cobbled street offers cosmopolitan independents including curious boutiques and charming eateries. If you’re looking to quench your thirst or tantalise your taste buds, there’s plenty of choice with quaint cafes, inviting restaurants and a renowned stylish bar with a relaxed contemporary vibe - perfect for meeting friends over a drink.
Just off Fishergate is Lune Street offering a fine mix of independent shops including contemporary couture clothing, underwear and an assortment of family run jewellers - offering contemporary and secondhand jewellery and watches. The street is also home to a number of cafes, restaurants and bars including The Corn Exchange - a striking listed building and former Public Hall.
Tucked just off Fishergate is Glovers Court, marked by the old 'Booth's Clock Bridge' - an historic remnant of the former Booth's food store. Venture down this side street and you will find a number of popular pubs, bars and clubs as well as a vintage barber shop.
At the top end of Fishergate is Church Street, where the majority of Preston's bars, pubs and clubs reside, including a Victorian style gin palace. There are also a number of restaurants offering international menus. Pocketed between these places, you will find a selection of independent retailers including a records shop, textiles and furnishings, electronics, fishing tackle and more.
Friargate is the main street connecting the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with the heart of the city centre. Presenting a host of independent retailers from traditional second hand bookshops, bohemian cafes and quirky clothes boutiques, through to a selection of lively pubs and bars and European and international style restaurants. This bustling street is a particular hot spot for students on their way in and out of the city.
Map Addresses for Preston's Independent Streets
- Cannon Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3NR
- Winckley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AA
- Guild Hall Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3NU
- Lune Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2NN
- Church Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BS
- Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2TU
- Glovers Court, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3LS
* Approximate postcodes