Preston, Lancashire

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 at Lancaster).

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