With a variety of great museums, fantastic shopping and plenty of opportunity to get out in the great outdoors, Preston is also a great place to visit. Here is why you should go...
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Preston has a number of interesting sights and attractions in its town and surrounding areas. Nature lovers will be in their element at Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary. With a collection of more than 90 birds, such as eagles, hawks and vultures, here you can watch flying displays, as well as gain hands-on experience.
Brockholes Nature Reserve is another great day out for those who enjoy exploring habitats in the great outdoors. Set in 250 acres, there are a number of trails and hides, and you can also enjoy fantastic views over the River Ribble. The reserve is also home to a 'floating village' which is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to bring you as close to nature as possible.
Shopaholics will enjoy Preston's offerings of both high street stores and independent boutiques. Two compact shopping centres, as well as vibrant indoor and outdoor markets, have earned the city the reputation as Lancashire's shopping destination. And after a hard day's retail therapy, the city offers a large number of pubs, bars and restaurants where you can treat you and your weary feet to a sit down and a bite to eat.
One of the city's most popular attractions is the National Football Museum. If you are a fan of 'the beautiful game', here you will find more than 140,000 items relating to the sport including the FIFA collection. History buffs will enjoy visiting Preston's other museums such as the Museum of Lancashire, the Harris Museum and Lancashire Infantry Museum.
To enjoy the scenic side of Preston, a visit to Avenham and Miller Parks situated on the north bank of the River Ribble will treat you to beautiful grounds, riverside walks, ornate railway arches and plenty of wildlife to spot.
From towering peaks to seaside retreats, car hire in Preston will allow you to visit the city's surrounding areas...
In just around an hour from Preston, you can get to the stunningly beautiful Lake District. Soaring peaks, huge lakes, quaint villages and great views make this trip an absolute must. Lake Windermere is one of the most popular spots and here you can take a trip across the lake on a car ferry and continue exploring once you get to the other side.
If, on the other hand, you fancy a day out at the seaside, in under half an hour you can get to Blackpool. Dare you ride the Pepsi Max Big One at the funfair, or would you prefer a less hair-raising day looking around attractions such as the Blackpool Tower and Madame Tussauds? Maybe you just fancy a traditional day with the kids building sandcastles and eating fish and chips and candy floss?
In less than 40 minutes you can reach the cities of both Manchester and Liverpool. Both are steeped in history with thriving music and cultural scenes, along with great shopping, theatres and museums.