Preston is a pleasant, historical city situated north of the city of Liverpool and Manchester. Due to the good connection from the M6 motorway, you can quickly reach the magical natural paradise that is the Lake District or the pulsating coastal city of Liverpool. Manchester can also be reached within a few minutes in your car hire. Another city that can be visited is the seaside resort of Blackpool, however Preston itself has a lot to offer.
Preston is a green city where the old Victorian houses are surrounded by green areas- there are also 2 parks that are well worth seeing: Avenham Park and Moor Park. Moor Park was the first public park in England.
The Old Town is situated on a steep hill on the River Ribble which the old bridge spans over. Here, you will also find a gothic church from the early English days- one of the only ones to have withstood the Scottish attacks.
Not too far from the church you will come across the Harris Museum and the Art Gallery with its beautiful neo-classical facade. The museum has an excellent collection of historical and contemporary art as well as ongoing special exhibitions.
In the Museum of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment you can find out more about old British colonial history, the heroic deeds carried out by the regiment as well as regional and cultural history. In the centre there is a museum that will make the hearts of football fans beat. The National football Museum with its historical collection from FIFA displays objects such as the ball from Wembley or Maradonnas football shirt during his famous “Hand of God” goal.
After such a museum visit, you will probably be hungry. The fish and chips in Preston are highly recommendable or you can drive a little further in your car hire to the surrounding area in order to enjoy the scenery- there is much to see and discover!
The Ribble Valley for example is approximately 20km (12 miles) away from Preston and is a journey through English history in very beautiful countryside. The historic resort of Clitheroe will please those of you who are fans of the middle ages with its Norman style castle. Near to Ribchester (part of this word consists of Chester which comes from the Roman “caestrum”) there waits a Roman Museum to be discovered. On the eastern end of the valley you can wander around Pendle Hill and visit a burial mound from the Bronze Age.
After a trail through old history, you should treat yourself to a little relaxing on the beach and perhaps some water-sports. On the beaches around Blackpool that can be easily reached in your car hire as they only lies a few minutes away on the M55 from Preston- you will find everything that you need. The very unique charm of this old seaside resort of Blackpool with its bars, clubs and bingo halls is well worth seeing and are brightly lit up well into the night. The symbol of the city is the Blackpool Tower- a steel-framed construction from the end of the 19th century that looks very similar to the Eiffel Tower. Festival fans should make a note of the Blackpool Dance Festival at the end of May- a festival that has the motto- “to be there is everything”.
After you have lazed about on the beach for a while or after you have danced the night away- it is time for a refreshing visit to the Lake District. Follow the M6 in your car hire and you will reach the beautiful, untouched natural area with its green hills and valleys as well as the typical white stone walls in less than an hour. The Lake District is ideal for hiking, playing golf, fishing and horse-riding. Those of you that would like to can travel further a-field from Preston- maybe up to the Scottish Border or Hadrian’s wall near Carlisle.