Preston makes a great day out with plenty of things to do and see for all the family. From relaxing leisure and cultural experiences to adventurous outdoor activities, this thriving Northern Lancashire city has much to offer both visitors and residents alike.
For current inspiration for things to see and do in Preston see Inspire Me.
Lancashire's premier shopping destination
Preston Guild City has a growing reputation as one of Lancashire’s premier shopping destinations, with plenty of retail options to tickle your fancy. On visiting the city, you can appreciate the awe-inspiring architecture, not least the Victorian splendour of the Miller Arcade; the perfect spot for retail therapy amongst decadent surroundings.
It’s not just about famous high-street names and brands either, Preston offers indoor and outdoor markets, fresh Lancashire produce, and a variety of boutique and independent shops, many with a long proud history of their own.
It’s a multi-cultural city too, with international food on offer at a variety of restaurants, cosmopolitan cafés and tea shops.
Whatever your age or interest, Preston has plenty activities to keep you entertained. The city centre is home to Level Preston, a huge entertainment complex that combines all kinds of top entertainment and activities under one roof.
The city also offers choices for high energy activities, such as Wacky World and Ninja Adventure, as well as traditional family entertainment with MFA Bowl, Odeon Cinema and Vue Cinema. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary and exciting there's also Roller World, TeamSport Go Karting and Multiverse Virtual Reality.
Soak up some culture
Alternatively, if you’re looking to soak up some culture, then why not take advantage of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. Situated in the heart of the city, this striking Grade I listed building houses an impressive array of historic artefacts and art pieces. Venture a few minutes outside the centre and you will find a number of other interesting museums to satisfy your cultural appetite.
There are also exciting and historic links around the city, many of which can be discovered on a number of self-guided City Walks.
And if it's events that take your fancy, Preston boasts a brimming what's on calendar with a happening mix of local events and activities taking place throughout the year. The city also hosts a number of exciting large scale annual events from Lancashire Encounter - the county's must see festival of art and culture, through to the colourful Caribbean Carnival and Preston's historic Egg Rolling at Avenham and Miller Park.
Award winning outdoor locations
If the great outdoors is your thing, then wander through the city centre’s award winning Avenham and Miller Parks for a taste of the city’s 500 hectares of green spaces, wildlife habitats, play areas and allotments. Or head off around the Guild Wheel and explore a mix of city scenes and countryside views.
Preston Docklands and Riversway Marina give much to marvel at, revitalised in recent years but no less historic– from steam trains and boating to waterfront living, shopping, eateries, pubs and cinema.
For those wanting an outdoor adventure away from the city centre, there's plenty choices. From nature reserves and country parks to bird and animal sanctuaries, you won't be disappointed.
Flying the flag for a quality night out
There’s no need to head off home at the end of day. Preston’s purple flag award promises quality entertainment and a safe, vibrant night out. Its pubs, clubs and bars; theatre and live music; dance and comedy are all part of the whole Guild City experience.