"Preston - My Home Town" Preston by PeterReed
Preston Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 70 photos
There is a whole lot of England beyond the tourist trail of London, Stratford, Chester and York.
Let me tell you of my home town.
Preston is situated in the North West; it was granted a charter in 1179 and every 20 years we celebrate the historic Preston Guild. This is a year long celebration of the town’s past and present. Colourful processions are held in the middle of the year marking not only the working history but also the religious history – Preston earned its name from Priests’ town. The next one is due in 2012.
With a population of around 130,000 it was granted City status in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Located at the hub of Lancashire’s transport network it is close to the M6 and is on the main West Coast main line and boasts Europe’s largest bus station..
The University of Central Lancashire is based in the City with a student population of over 25,000.
The jewels in Preston’s crown are the magnificent Avenham and Miller Parks with their large open spaces and landscaped gardens. Not to be omitted is the very attractive Winckley Square in the heart of the business district – ideal spot for workers to take a break when the temperature soars.
The city is the home of Preston North End Football Club – one of the founder members of the Football League. The club boasts the proud record of winning the League Championship without losing a game and, in the same season, winning the FA Cup without having a goal scored against them in all the rounds – that was back in 1888 – something that has never been equaled – not even by the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal.
If you fancy a trip to the seaside, the bright lights of Britain’s premier resort of Blackpool are only half-an-hour away. If you prefer somewhere not quite as brash, Southort is equally close. Whilst Preston is still growing as a City, the great cities of Manchester and Liverpool are only 30 miles away. And to get away from it all the beautiful English Lake District is an hour’s drive away.
Even closer if the lovely Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland.
Altogether an ideal centre for touring the North West of England.
For details of Preston’s history have a look on http://www.visitpreston.com/index2.htm.
What was once a thriving bustling port has been transformed into a docklands area which boasts a marina, large stores, business premises and a large residential area overlooking the dock basin.
- Pros:Ideal Centre for Touring
- In a nutshell:Great Place to live.
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