Preston boasts an alluring melange of rich historic heritage, natural splendour and cultural charisma. Famed for the vibrancy of its delightful docks, the city offers a marvellous maritime atmosphere that is heightened by friendly locals and a thriving cultural scene. Despite its cosmopolitan population, Preston has perfectly preserved traditional English cultures and proves an ideal place to enjoy a quaint and quintessential afternoon of tea and cake. Outdoor and indoor markets sell eclectic treasures and a thriving high street offers sublime shopping opportunities, while an internationally inspired restaurant scene is sure to pleasure even the most discerning palates.
One of Preston’s most alluring attractions is undoubtedly its glittering and gorgeous Docks. Here, a charismatic cultural scene neighbour rich reminders of the past; observe the tranquil boats in their watery homes, watch the imposing industrial majesty of the steam trains or dive into a quaint café to enjoy some crumply scones and aromatic English tea.
Preston’s most significant cultural contribution is undoubtedly the Harris Museum and Art gallery, a dramatic and coliseum like structure that is reminiscent of London’s National Gallery. In this treasure trove of aesthetically pleasing art and curious objects, painting pioneers such as JMW Turner and Samuel Palmer jostle for attention amongst stunning sculptures and historical exhibitions.
With an abundance of fresh produce nearby, Preston’s restaurants serve classic and contemporary cuisine inspired by a rich culinary heritage. A restaurant that combines Italian innovation with Northern soul is The Olive press, a refined restaurant located in Preston’s vibrant town centre. Appetising delights include crisp pizza, fresh salads and tender grilled meats that are sure to satisfy and surprise. (23 Winckley Square, Preston, England, UK)