There's lots to see
and do in Lancashire. A hot air balloon
flight may be perfect for a birthday gift
or special celebration.
The city of Preston is close to seaside
towns along the Fylde coast (to the west)
and to the hills, fells and moors of the
Forest of Bowland, which is an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (to the east).
The River Ribble approaches Preston from
the east and flows alongside the Victorian
Parks (Miller and Avenham Parks) on the
sloping land to the south of the city centre.
Preston has many buildings of great historical
value, including the Sessions House, Library
& Museum, Market Canopy, and Miller Arcades.
These contrast with more modern buildings
in the main shopping area. Preston’s early
history preserved in archeological finds
dating from the Roman occupation, monastic
buildings and battle grounds. The famous
‘Cuerdale Hoard’ of Scandinavian coins and
jewellery was found in an area alongside
the River Ribble at Cuerdale.
Much of the University of Central Lancashire
is located in the centre of Preston. The
Lancaster Canal is now linked to the rest
of the canal system via the Millenium Link.
The canal passes the west side of Preston
and continues on to Lancaster. The north-west
main railway line passes over the River
Ribble, through Preston’s Victorian Parks
and Railway Station, then northwards past
Preston’s Golf Courses and ‘The Grasshoppers’
rugby ground towards the next stop (usually
to buy a flight voucher online.